Round 3 (compensatory pick): Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M
See, I told you it’d work out. Davis has a really high upside. Yes, he had an ACL tear in 2016, and yes, he suffered from poor QB play leading to some slightly disappointing stats in 2019 (616 yards, 4 touchdowns). But Davis is a player that can start in the slot from year one and eventually branch outside.
As far as route-runners go, you won’t find many more polished than Davis. His happy-feet and hand movement are mesmerizing and he bursts out of his cuts with ease. He’s not the strongest wideout and does have a smaller catch-radius, but he’ll do most of his damage in open space, which is exactly what the Eagles need from him.
If the Eagles want someone to step into the slot, look no further than this 6’2, 200 lbs, wideout who finally ticks the ‘big slot’ box they’ve been toying with for a few years now.
Round 4, pick 117: Troy Pride Jr, CB, Notre Dame
I was intrigued by Pride going into the Senior Bowl, and was left with a Draft crush by the end of the week. Here’s what I wrote on him ahead of the All-star game in Mobile.
Pride is absolutely rapid as a cornerback and can go toe-to-toe with some of the best in this class. His read-and-react ability is mesmerizing and is dazzling those down at Mobile, but it’s a two-sided coin.
It’s rare to see him in press coverage without already assuming he’s going to have to recover after losing the release. He doesn’t use his hands, relying on his hips and burst to keep him in contention, and lacking the ideal length means he can get a big snaggy at the catch point.
He’s got all the makings of a future CB1/2 and the show he’s putting on this week will give teams the confidence he can hit that ceiling
Pride is the prototypical Jim Schwartz corner. A little shorter at 5’11, without much in the way of ball-production. He’s a breakfast corner that feasts on what’s in front of him, making him the perfect replacement for Jalen Mills if the Eagles let him walk.
Round 4 (compensatory pick): Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
#DoubleDippinSZN. If the plan is to find a speedster, then taking Duvernay or Davis and moving them outside after a year or two really isn’t a bad idea. Two players, that bring different elements to the table could be the perfect blend of thunder and lightning, while this scenario lends itself to the idea of someone like Robby Anderson signing in Free Agency. Here’s what I wrote about Duvernay ahead of the Senior Bowl:
If we’re talking slot receivers, Devin Duvernay has my heart. If you could imagine Greg Ward Jr. (similar size at 5’11, 210 lbs) but zippier, that’s Duvernay. The man is just electric as a route-runner, but projects to be a day-two pick due to some rawness in his game. His hips are a little tight and every cut seems to be like a jagged stab as opposed to fluid motion.
However, his lightning speed, ability to pick up YAC, and nasty mentality to defeat tacklers more than make up for that. He’s not quite there yet as someone ready to start day one, but if you want a secret weapon, his 1,386-yard season speaks for itself.
Round 4 (compensatory pick): Lamical Perine, RB
If the Eagles are going to let Jordan Howard, they need a bruiser. Perine is 5’11, 211 lbs and brings a very one-dimensional skillset to the table, but it’s one that’s perfect for this role.
Perine is a physical downhill runner with plenty of burst and a nice ability to change speeds at will. He hits the hole with assertion and does a great job of cutting back upfield when a hole appears. He averaged over 5 yards per carry in each of his last two seasons and has shown potential in the receiving game.
Perine isn’t a flashy pick, nor is he a flashy runner…but the Eagles have a glistening star in Miles Sanders. Perine is the back who can turn a 1st-and-10 into a 2nd-and-3 behind this offensive line, allowing Sanders to prey on the wounded.
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