Just ahead of day two of the NFL draft it was announced that Philadelphia Eagles‘ first-round selection — Jordan Davis — will wear Number 90. The 13th overall pick in last night’s first-round will look to join Corey Simon, Darren Howard, and Mike Golic — some of the most notable Eagles to wear the number. Davis’ collegiate number — 99 — is of course retired which led to the change.
Of course, there are some less encouraging players who have donned number 90 for the Eagles, especially more recently, but we don’t have to bring them up.
With this selection, Jordan Davis has a real chance to make this number his own if he can live up to the lofty expectations surrounding him. At 6’6 and 341 points, Davis is a mountain of a man but what’s even more intriguing is the speed and athleticism that he brings as well. Davis is well known for running a 40 time of 3.89 which is the fastest by a player weight over 340 pounds in over 20 years.
While there are concerns about Davis’ ability to rush the passer, if he can commit to staying in shape, the Eagles may have a generational player on their hands. His rare combination of size, speed, and ability could make him a generational player in time. Hopefully, we one day see Davis’ number 90 jersey retired alongside Jerome Brown and Hall of Fame defensive linemen, Reggie White.