It’s been said over and over again but the Eagles were in a situation this draft where they could draft the best player available and take chances on developmental guys and that is exactly what they did. Outside of 2nd round pick, Dallas Goedert, its likely we do not see any of these guys play meaningful snaps this year but that does not mean they are not good additions to this football team.
CB-Avonte Maddox Pittsburgh
Avonte Maddox is a second-round talent with elite athleticism but fell strictly due to his small stature. Standing at 5’9″ 180 pounds, Maddox will never be able to match up on the outside but if he adds some weight to his frame, he could prove to be a valuable asset in the slot. Despite his size, he takes pride in his tackling ability and does not shy away from contact. Maddox is also a noted leader on and off the field. While Maddox is talented, he needs work his technique and the pick was a little bit of a reach.
Pro-Comparison: Poor-mans Vontae Davis
DE-Josh Sweat Florida State
The Eagles got the player with by far the most upside left in the draft. Josh Sweat was a top-10 college recruit that suffered a brutal knee injury during his senior year of high school that almost cost him his leg. With first-round athleticism and size, Sweat shows surprising power and can also bend around the edge to beat tackles. The main thing he will have to work on is his timing off of the snap but that should not be an issue after spending a season or two behind the best group of defensive ends in the NFL. Ultimately, Sweat dropped down to the fourth round due to the multiple knee injuries that he has suffered but with his incredible upside, he could be the steal of the draft.
Pro-Comparison: Barkevious Mingo
OT-Matt Pryor TCU
Standing at 6’7″ 328 pounds, Matt Pryor is a giant and plays like one. When he is on his game, even the best pass rushers will struggle to beat him. With the strength to stop a bull-rush and the speed to kick outside, Pryor can play guard and tackle. What has kept him from being a top prospect are some technical issues and weight management concerns. He was listed at 350 pounds during camp last year and was reportedly close to 400 pounds at a certain point. Pryor comes onto this roster with a lot of similarities to another young tackle the Eagles had taken a couple of years ago.
Pro-Comparison: Halapoulivaati Vaitai
OT-Jordan Mailata Australia
I’m just going to leave this here….
No, those are not children that he’s playing rugby with, those are grown men. In all seriousness, Mailata is 6’8″ 345 pound, open book that we do not know much about in regards to football. What we do know about him is that he had an impressive pro-day, showcasing his athletic ability and that he is an aggressive athlete that plays with a mean-streak that scouts love to see in linemen. This is a long-term experiment that you will not see on the 53 man roster for at least a year.
Once again, this draft class is not meant to make much of an impact this upcoming season. However, it is meant to prepare the Eagles for the future and hopefully find at least one diamond in the rough.