The BGN staff makes the pick for the Eagles.
With just one day remaining until the 2018 NFL Draft, here’s a look at what Bleeding Green Nation staff writers think the Philadelphia Eagles SHOULD do with their No. 32 overall pick in the first round.
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The Eagles should trade down from No. 32. A lot of guys who will be available at that point are probably all in the same tier. They’re not necessarily must-have prospects. With that said, the Eagles shouldn’t move down too far. The ideal spot would be about eight (or so) picks at most. Once the Eagles are on the clock, go get Derrius Guice or Ronald Jones if they’re somehow still around. Or Connor Williams if he falls. Or improve the nickel corner position (and punt returner) by getting Jaire Alexander or Mike Hughes. I’d be fine with Sony Michel. Justin Reid would be a nice pick. It’s pretty boring of me to say this but there’s a lot of different options the Eagles could go with where I’d feel fine with what they do.
I would definitely stay put and take the best player available. While it is obviously too good a chance to rub in the Super Bowl victory on National TV, in Jerry World; it is also a great chance to add premium talent to an already stacked roster. This class has a ton of running back talent at the top and the Eagles should dip into it at 32 by taking Derrius Guice or Ronald Jones. The team will need to lean on the run next year and adding a stud in the backfield could give the Eagles a multi-threat offense for a long time.
Unless someone extremely highly rated drops like manna from heaven, they should trade back. It’s boring, it’s predictable, it’s anti-climactic since it’ll be extremely late at night when they’re on the clock... but it’s the logical play. The few areas where a rookie can contribute right away for the Eagles: RB, TE, slot corner, and safety, are not premium draft positions. They can be had in the middle rounds of the draft, so adding another pick or two is beneficial. Premium draft positions such as DE and OT are certainly long term needs for the Eagles, but the top players at those positions will be off the board. It seems like Sony Michel could be available in the early 2nd round, and Ronald Jones will be, along with a bunch of DBs and TEs. They’ll have plenty of options where ever they wind up picking, and additional ones with added draft capital. After a season of aggressive moves, a little patience might be a good change of pace.
What will the Eagles do? Well, common sense says they’ll trade down unless they can somehow swing a separate deal that nets them a second- or third-rounder. And from there, I’d guess they’d take the best of the RBs, OTs or CBs on the board. A WR isn’t out of the question if they stay at No. 32 and a potentially premium talent like D.J. Moore falls in their lap, but if they move down, you’d think someone with an immediate role -- a RB of the future, a swing tackle, a nickel corner -- would be the target.
What should the Eagles do? Honestly, I’m not in the practice of questioning what a championship-winning front office is likely to do, and getting some Day Two picks would be nice, so a trade down is, fun or not, the smart thing here. Then again, if you’ve already got a championship roster, it’s also very much OK to stand pat and go big at No. 32 if you think one of your “guys” won’t be there later on. These three would be tempting if they’re available: Sony Michel, Eric Reid, Jaire Alexander.
I don’t mind who, but I would love the Eagles to come away with a specialist nickel corner. I hate it when people say, ‘Mills might be fine in the slot’. I don’t want an outside corner playing in the slot just because he can’t start on the outside. The slot corner position is a starting position in the modern day NFL, it is absolutely worth a first round pick in my opinion. If they can’t get a slot corner at 32, I would be happy with an OT or a RB or a trade down - Michel is my dude so I would ecstatic if the Eagles picked up him or Guice.
I believe the Eagles will be fine staying put. Usually in drafts that are deep at QB, top talent at other positions tends to get pushed further down the board. It’s hard to project what will be there at 32, but offensive line is still intriguing to me. Eagles fans have been spoiled the last 20 years with above average line play with greats like Runyan, Thomas, Peters, Johnson, Jackson, etc.
Depth along the offensive line helped keep the wheels on for a Super Bowl run and I’d like to think pouring resources into it would help sustain that. With that being said, they shouldn’t reach. If there’s not a guy there you don’t like, replenish the pantry with picks and trade back.
The answer has been clear all along. It’s LSU RB Derrius Guice... or Louisville CB Jaire Alexander... or Texas OT Connor Williams... Okay, this much IS clear, the Eagles find themselves in a rare position to not desperately reach for a need, which puts them in a place of power. They will likely trade down to collect extra draft capital and then package their late Day 3 picks to freely move around the middle of the draft as talent slips through the cracks. But honestly, it’s Derrius Guice at 32. It has been all along.
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