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Who will the Eagles take this year in the draft?

With the status of Jalen Mills being unknown could the Eagles go cornerback in round 1? Our analyst James Watkins believes so!

James Watkins, Jr. breaks down the Philadelphia Eagles and their needs with NFL Draft Diamonds.

Here are my recommended Philadelphia Eagles 2019 NFL Draft Picks.  I recommend that the Philadelphia Eagles Draft the following College Football Players in the 2019 NFL Draft.  These proposed Eagles’ Draft picks are paramount for the Eagles to have a successful 2019 NFL Season, while in pursuit to Super-Soar again in 2019/2020.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 1, Pick #25

Deandre Baker, CB Georgia, 5′ 11″/193.  Combine:  40/4.52, Pro Day: 40/4.46 (2 X).  Combine:  Bench Press: 14 Reps,   Broad Jump: 9′ 10″.  In 2018 College Football Season Baker had 40 Tackles, 2 Interceptions and 10 Passes Broken Up.  Baker was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award as the Best Defensive Back in the 2018 College Football Season.  Baker ran a poor Combine 40/4.52.  However, Baker ran two 4.46/40′s at his Georgia Pro Day, while impressing NFL Coaches, including Patriots’ Head Coach Belichick, with his Pro Day CB Drills and Workouts.

The two best Cornerbacks in this year’s Draft Class are Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB LSU, 6′ 2″/185, Combine: 40/4.37, who’s ranked as the best CB in this Year’s Draft Class, while Deandre Baker, CB Georgia, 5′ 11″ 193 (Pro Day 40/4.46), is ranked as the second best CB in this year’s NFL Draft.  Many NFL Scouts believe that LSU CB Greedy Williams will become a better NFL CB  than Georgia CB Deandre Baker, because Greedy Williams is much faster 40/4.37 (Combine), more longer and Athletic.  Williams has greater range than Georgia CB Deandre Baker.  These two Corners are elite and they should be taken in the First Round, while LSU CB Greedy Williams s/b taken within the first 15 NFL Draft Picks, shortly followed by Georgia CB Deandre Baker.

Baker is a Press Corner who stays tight in coverage, has very good play speed and ball skills.  He’s very competitive with excellent closing speed, and he provides solid run support.  Baker did not allow a passing touchdown to be completed against him within 2 years during the 2017 and 2018 College Football seasons.  In 2018 Season, Baker only allowed a 40.2% passing completion rate against him in coverage.  He had a great college career.  During last 3 college seasons, Baker had a 93.5 Pass Coverage Grade from Pro Football Focus.

If Georgia CB Baker is off the Board before Eagles 1st Pick in Draft, my alternative selection would be:

Parris Campbell, WR Ohio State, 6’/205.  Combine: 40/4.31 (among fastest 40’s in Combine/3rd best), Broad Jump: 11’/3″, Vertical: 40″.  Oho State Wideout Campbell blew up the NFL Combine producing some of the Combine’s most impressive Measurables.  Just what the Eagles need, a Wideout with blazing speed who can take the top off, while creating coverage mismatches for the opponent’s defensive backs.  Immediate starter who’s explosive, smooth Receiver, who can separate at will.  Ohio State Team Captain in 2017.  In 2018 College Season, Campbell had 90 receptions for 1,063 Yards, coupled with an 11.8 average yard per catch, and 12 touchdowns.  Campbell displays good hands in stride catching the ball.  Will need NFL Route Tree work due to limited exposure in College to full NFL Route Tree.  First Team All Big Ten in Senior Year.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 2, Pick #53

Mack Wilson, ILB Alabama, 6′ 2″/240.  Alabama Pro Day:  40/4.65, Broad Jump: 10′ 1″, Vertical: 33″ In 2018, Wilson had 71 Tackles, 5 Tackles For Loss, 5 Passes Broken Up, and 2 Interceptions.  He made 2nd Team All SEC LB.  Versatile LB with great size, strength and toughness.  Excels in pursuit, and he’s very good in Pass Coverage from Linebacker position.  Has ability to cover RB’s and Tight Ends.  He’s an effective blitzer.  Displays good lateral movement in pursuit.  Demonstrates good use of hands to punch and shed blockers.  Plays with Alabama edge at Linebacker position.  Excellent speed in pass coverage, rushing Passer, and for making tackles for loss.  Selection of Alabama LB Wilson would provide Eagles with strong, tough, fast and versatile Linebacker who is accustomed to winning culture.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 2, Pick #57

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, FS/Slot Corner Florida, 5′ 11″/210.  Combine: 40/4.48, Bench: 17 Reps, Broad Jump (BJ): 9′ 7″, Vertical (VJ): 36″.  Versatile, very Athletic Defensive Back who can play Slot Corner, Corner, and Free Safety positions.  Started out as Cornerback in College before being moved to Slot Corner and Safety positions depending on Pass Coverage package.  In 2018 College Season, Gardner-Johnson had 71 Total Tackles, 9 Tackles For Loss, 3 Sacks, 4 Interceptions and 2 Passes Broken Up.  This is a Football player who can make tackles for loss behind LOS, sack the Quarterback, make Interceptions, break up passes and return fumbles for touchdowns.  He’s a complete, dominant Football player who is very effective and productive playing the Slot Corner or Free Safety position.  Projected as Free Safety by many NFL Scouts.  Big-time hitter who separates ball from player.  Uses athletic ability and speed to return fumbles.  Last season, he returned two of four fumble recoveries for touchdowns.  One of my favorite Football Players to watch in this Draft class.  Only allowed a 45.6% passer completion percentage within his coverage area while playing Slot Corner position.

Florida Defensive Back/Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Alabama Safety Dionte Thompson are the top 2 rated Safeties in this year’s Safety Draft class.  Both Safeties are very talented and close in Football skills.  However, I believe Gardner-Johnson is a better NFL Safety prospect, Football Player and Athlete.  Therefore, I believe Gardner-Johnson is the best NFL Draft choice for the Eagles at this Draft Pick in Round 2.

If Florida Safety Chauncy Gardner-Johnson is not available and off the Draft Board when the Eagles make this selection in the Draft, I recommend alternate:  Emanuel Hall, Wide Receiver from Missouri.

Emanuel Hall, Wide Receiver Missouri, 6′ 2″/201.  Combine: 40/4.39, Bench: 15 Reps, BJ: 11’/9″, VJ: 43.5″.  Very impressive Combine Measurables which displays how powerful (BJ/11′ 9″) and (VJ/43.5″) he is, coupled with good strength for a Wide Receiver (15 Reps=330 lb. 1RM Bench/Approx.).  Hall was a 2nd Team All SEC WR in 2018.  In 2018 College Season, Hall caught 37 Passes for 828 Yards with 6 Touchdowns, and an average 22.4 Yards Per Catch.  He has excellent ability to create separation with his quickness, speed and good strength.  He has the speed to take the top off defenses.  Very good stop-and-go quickness.  Very athletic, smooth Wideout with size.  He has sudden burst in and out of breaks.  Very good in his deep go routes because of vertical speed.  Has College career 20.5 Yards Per Reception.  Also excels in shorter routes and slants because of his sudden burst and unique stop-start quickness.   

Eagles Draft Pick Round 4, 1st Pick # 127

Oshane Ximines, DE/EDGE Old Dominion, 6′ 3″/253.  Combine: 40/4.78, Bench: 24 Reps, BJ: 9’/10″, VJ:34″.  In 2018, Ximines had 18.5 Tackles For Loss, 12 Sacks, and 4 Forced Fumbles.  Played Defensive End (4-3) in College.  Very quick off the snap.  Uses strong, violent hands to shed blockers.  Uses effective spin counter move to disengage.  Discards blocking Tight Ends with sudden, strong hands.  Sheds blockers with powerful pop in punch.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 4, 2nd Pick # 138 

Bobby Evans, OLT Oklahoma, 6′ 4″/312.  Combine40/5.2, Bench: 22 Reps.  In 2018 Season, Evans took over the OT position previously held by last year’s All-American, NFL Drafted OT Orlando Brown.  In 2018, Evans earned 2nd Team All-Big 12 Offensive Tackle honors.  Evans is 3-Year OL starter with experience on both sides of the line.  Evans has excellent core strength, coupled with good hand placement.  He displays a nasty streak in his playing style.  Evans possesses solid Offensive Line technique.  Handles Defensive Linemen bull rush with great success.  He has strong hands to control DL Rushers.  He’s aggressive while playing with good agility on short pull plays.  Displays good second-level blocking techniques.  Evans should become starting NFL Offensive Left Tackle.

If Bobby Evans, OLT Oklahoma, (above) is off the Board when Eagles make their Round 4, second pick, alternate pick listed below:

Dennis Daley, OLT South Carolina, 6′ 5″/317.  Combine: 40/5.23, Bench: 20 Reps.  Started 12 Games in 2018 College Season.  Daley should become solid starting Left Tackle with good NFL Offensive Line Coaching.  Utilizes long arms and large hands to effectively block Defensive Linemen.  Performs well in Pass Protection sets.  Sets solid anchor with good hip roll.  Daley played very good against Clemson’s NFL bound Defensive Linemen.  Positions and blocks well for screen passes, while showing good movement in open field.  Daley is good drive blocker.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 5, Pick # 163

Alex Barnes, RB Kansas State, 6’/226.  Combine: 40/4.59, Bench: 34 Reps, BJ: 10′ 6″, VJ: 38.5″.  In 2018 College Season, Barnes rushed 256 times for 1,355 Yards, with a 5.3 Average Yards Per Carry.  Barnes made 2nd Team All-Big 12 at Running Back.  He breaks arm tackles with good play-strength.  He displays good pass-catching skills.  May become NFL three-down Back if he sustains good Yard Per Carry Average. Barnes had a 6.2 Average Yards Per Carry over 3-year College career.  Produced excellent Combine Power Measurables in Broad & Vertical Jumps.  Upper Body strength (Bench/34 Reps) is very impressive for Running Back position.  RB Barnes could be a steal for Eagles.

Eagles Draft Pick Round 6, Pick# 197  

Shareef Miller, DE/EDGE Penn State, 6′ 4″/254.  Combine: 40/4.69, Bench: 16 Reps, VJ: 29.5″.  Miller can play Defensive End in NFL, while having ability and skills to play the EDGE.  May have speed and skills to play Linebacker in NFL.  In 2018 Season, Miller made 41 Tackles, 15 Tackles for Loss, coupled with 7.5 Sacks.  Could be drafted sooner than Round 6.

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