Some final thoughts on the Eagles draft (and post-draft signings)

 In NFL, Sports
  1. I was too stunned at the time to appreciate the trade for A.J. Brown on the draft’s first day. But it looks like a tremendous move, so kudos to general manager Howie Roseman for engineering the deal for a young, stud wideout. And having the cap room to pay for Brown’s contract extension.
  2. I’m also happy with the first-round choice of defensive lineman Jordan Davis. Yes, safety Kyle Hamilton was still on the board but Davis is an awesome athlete/player with true game-changing potential.
  3. The unexpected selection of Nebraska center Cam Jurgen in the second round was more than made up for in round three with the pick of Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, a possible late first-rounder who fell all the way to the Eagles at No. 83. (By the way, the Jurgens choice was criticized only because center isn’t an immediate need for Philly. He is very well-regarded, so this wasn’t a second-round reach. There were just more pressing weaknesses that maybe should have been addressed this early in the draft.)
  4. The Eagles failed to draft any cornerbacks or safeties. But they quickly signed several undrafted free agents, including CBs Josh Jobe (Alabama) and Mario Goodrich (Clemson) and S Reed Blankenship (Middle Tennessee State). This is supposed to be a very deep UDFA class. Don’t be surprised if at least two of these guys make the roster. Running back Kennedy Brooks from Oklahoma has a good shot as well.
  5. Philadelphia also inked the top undrafted quarterback, Nevada’s Carson Strong, as well as Brown QB E.J. Perry. If it weren’t for knee issues, Strong probably would have been a first- or second-round pick.

All in all, a very promising draft – with more work clearly needing to be done in the secondary. Stay tuned …

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