While the world is focused on what the Eagles will do in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, I think its fair to speculate on what the team can do for themselves in the third round. This year’s pool of prospects is significantly deep at multiple positions which could lead to several early-round guarantees to fall into the third or fourth round. With that being said, lets take a look at some good options for the Eagles in the third!
WR Van Jefferson | Florida
Jefferson is one of the most fluent route runners you’ll find. Not many prospects can move like him off of the line of scrimmage, especially against press coverage. His ability to keep cornerbacks off balance with his quick feet has led to him being a very underrated talent in this draft. In 23 games at Florida, Jefferson racked up 1,160 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns, and 84 receptions. While Jefferson isn’t really the vertical-speed threat the Eagles need, he did average 13.8 yards per catch in Florida, while his route-running and ability to create separation would benefit the birds greatly.
WR Devin Duvernay | Texas
Do you want speed? Well, Devin Duvernay is the man you’re looking for. Duvernay was a track star back in high school and it has shown in his collegiate career. Devin made a huge hump from his junior year, once they moved him into the slot. He led the nation in catches with 106 and was fourth in yardage with 1,386. While the speed and reliable hands are great attributes, Duvernay is far from a finished product. He’ll need to polish his route running at the next level to truly be a star.
CB Bryce Hall | Virginia
This might be a pipe dream but due to his ankle injury, Hall may just fall into the third. The Virginia product only played six games last season after suffering a season-ending injury. Even after the injury, Hall still finished his time in Virginia with 5 interceptions, 4 sacks, 38 pass deflections, and 154 tackles. Hall is an instinctive corner with quick reflexes and good ball skills. He may benefit in zone coverage over press but he’ll definitely be a start corner at the next level.
WR/RB Antonio Gibson|Memphis
Gibson is a unique talent of strength, vision, and speed. With the need for a big back, Gibson will be a perfect addition to a group that plays both WR/RB. Sanders and Scott have shown their ability to catch outside of the backfield or in the slot. Gibson was explosive in the slot as he caught 38 passes for 735 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Antonio finished last season with 1,104 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns.
S K’von Wallace | Clemson
The Eagles still have a need at safety as a majority of their safeties are on 1-year deals. K’Von could be a great developmental piece for the Eagles to have behind Mills and Parks. Wallace plays with great intensity while letting loose with huge hits. He can really get better at open field tackling but Wallace always makes the hits count when he lands them.
LB Akeem Davis-Gaither | Appalachian State
This kid is a monster. If the Eagles truly value speed then this is the man for the job. Akeem was a true playmaker for his defense as he tallied up 101 tackles, 5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 8 pass deflections. Davis-Gaither has sideline to sideline speed when in coverage that’s accompanied by great ball skills. Placing him behind a defensive line like the Eagles would do wonders for his future.
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