The defending Super Bowl Champions didn’t have a bunch of picks and went into the draft trying to find players that could come in and make an immediate impact. The Philadelphia Eagles 2018 NFL Draft Review highlights every single Eagles pick looking at both scheme fit and value.
Philadelphia Eagles 2018 NFL Draft Review
2nd Round, Pick #17: Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota State
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) June 25, 2017
With only one pick in the first three rounds it wasn’t a secret that the Eagles moved down and then went after the best available player that can help this team right away. Goedert will fill in as the second tight end on the team filling Trey Burton’s role. But while Burton was more of a true move tight end, Goedert has the potential to develop into an all around player. This should only help the Eagles as they like to run 12 personal on a regular basis and can mix and match Goedert and Ertz to fool opposing defenses.
4th Round, Pick #25: Avonte Maddox CB Pittsburgh
Patrick Robinson returned to the Saints leaving open the nickel cornerback position that he played so well. Maddox is small at 5’9 184lbs but is a hard nosed quick twitch athlete that should be able to thrive in the slot taking on the quick choice routes that opposing teams love to run.
4th Round, Pick #30: Josh Sweat DE Florida State
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) January 5, 2018
If it wasn’t long term concern from a nasty leg injury during his senior year of high school, Sweat could have easily been a second round pick. Instead the Eagles add yet another edge pass rusher to their defensive line that loves to rotation four guys in on a regular basis. Sweat is a power run who uses his length well and should thrive being outside and more aggressive than the passive role he played shading the inside of the offensive tackle.
6th Round, Pick #32: Matt Pryor OT TCU
At 6’7 356lbs Pryor is an enormous tackle but he moves a lot better than his size would indicate and has the ability to play either guard or tackle in the NFL. Philadelphia has had success with another massive Horned Frog in Halapoulivaati Vaitai and are hoping that their success developing him could repeat itself with Pryor to give them even more depth at tackle.
7th Round, Pick #15: Jordan Mailata OT Australia
Jordan Mailata is a massive 6’8 346lbs rugby star in Australia who is making the transition to American Football. Watch any clip of him playing rugby and you can see that he is a freak of an athlete. Philadelphia is hoping his size, length and quickness can allow him to develop as a tackle and give them a shot in the dark at hitting big. Well worth of a 7th round pick.
Draft Grade: B
Best Pick: Josh Sweat
Biggest Reach: Avonte Maddox