In typical Howie Roseman fashion the Eagles were aggressive throughout the draft moving around to identify the prospects that can come in and make an impact on their roster that is pretty loaded. It started in round getting their next left tackle and then continued in round two at receiver. Our Philadelphia Eagles 2019 NFL Draft Review takes a look at each of the Eagles pick while providing an overall grade with superlatives.
1st Round, Pick #22: Andre Dillard OT Washington State
Andre Dillard is one of my favorite prospects in this class so I was a bit surprised that he fell all the way to the twenty second pick in the draft. However there are some concerns about his arm length and how he factors into the run game. That being said he is a tremendous value and fit for the Eagles who have needed help at the tackle position. Jason Peters is playing on borrowed time and if Dillard is able to impress quickly in OTA’s, don’t be surprised if Peters is cut before training camp.
2nd Round, Pick #53: Miles Sanders RB Penn State
So much for the Eagles being set at running back with the trade for Jordan Howard. Instead they go out and add another piece to the position giving them plenty of able bodies to trot out there. Since he blew up the Combine with some quality athletic testing and on the field drills Sanders quickly shot up analysts draft boards and looked to be the second best running back in this class. Sanders is good in the passing game and can quickly fill that role before possibly becoming their featured back.
2nd Round, Pick #57: JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR Stanford
I can understand what the Eagles are looking to do by adding Arcega-Whiteside as another big, physical jump ball receiver and but in my opinion they reached big time for him. He is able to high point the ball, has good body control and show some burst and quickness but I have major concerns about his game translating to the NFL. Far too often we see Arcega-Whiteside run into the endzone and literately box out cornerbacks. The likelihood of him doing that to NFL caliber corners is not very good. Who knows, maybe he’s able to adjust his game and still be able to be an elite contested catcher, but he was my 14th rated receiver in this class.
4th Round, Pick #138: Shareef Miller DE Penn State
The Eagles love to have multiple defensive ends that they can rotate throughout a game to keep everybody fresh and coming hard after the quarterback. So with minimal picks it’s only natural to take a chance on a high upside pick like Miller here in the fourth. Miller lacks good bulk but is a true speed rusher off the edge giving the Eagles something different than their more traditional ends.
5th Round, Pick #167: Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern
Without Nick Foles as the Eagles backup it shouldn’t be a surprise that they went out and brought another quarterback in to compete with Nate Sudfeld as the backup. While Thorson can leave a lot to be desired as a quarterback he is experienced and has the arm talent to make short accurate throws. Plus because of Wentz’s injury issues the Eagles probably wanted someone who could play this year if needed and Throson also fits that bill.
Overall Grade: B-
Best Pick: Andre Dillard
Biggest Reach: JJ Arcega-Whiteside