Now that the first two days of the 2015 NFL Draft are in the books, all eyes are on the final day of the event. The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly addressed a huge need on day two of the event by trading up a few spots to draft Utah cornerback/safety Eric Rowe. In the third round, the team made a questionable pick by selecting Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks.
Both Rowe and Hicks fit the culture that Kelly is trying to build in Philadelphia. They are both versatile, athletic, high character players that fit the mold of what the Eagles are looking for. They join the team’s first round pick, USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor to form an overall solid group of prospects through the first two days of the draft. But which players should the Eagles take a look at on day three?
Here is how the Eagles pre-draft visit board shapes up now, following the first two days of the event:
Penn State safety Adrian Amos is the main name that sticks out to me. Safety and offensive guard are the two final needs the Eagles have yet to address and the team was all over Amos during the pre-draft process. He checks off all the boxes, in terms of what the team looks for and would be a perfect pick in the fourth round on day three.
The whole situation with LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins is a mystery and his draft stock is plummeting. It’s highly unlikely that he doesn’t even get drafted but at this point, it may be worth the gamble for such a talented prospect. But I doubt Kelly is interested in dealing with Collins’ issue as it stands right now.
Both BYU’s Alani Fua and Oregon State’s Obum Gwacham are huge, athletic outside linebackers that could be intriguing options for the Eagles sometime on day three. I’m surprised Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene is still available at this point in the draft but I think he was the teams fallback option if they didn’t land Agholor, which they obviously did.
As far as players that are still available that the Eagles didn’t bring in for a pre-draft visit, here are some names that stand out to me:
I know, that is a whole lot of players. But there is still quite a bit of talent left and these are players that I could see intriguing the Eagles. Some of these prospects have already spent time with Philadelphia either at their respective pro days or held a private workout with the team. Others are just players that stand out to me, personally, and I believe they would fit well in midnight green.
Specifically with their fourth round pick, the Eagles should target T.J. Clemmings, Adrian Amos, Brett Hundley or Bryce Petty. All of them would fit a position of need and immediately compete for a starting job. That’s right, I truly believe Hundley or Petty could push Eagles quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez in training camp for the top spot.
There are some players on this list that intrigue me simply because of their size and athleticism. Dezmin Lewis, Jesse James, Lynden Trail and Shaquille Riddick all possess ridiculous size. Although they are still raw players at their respective positions, each of them could become dangerous weapons for the Eagles down the road a bit.
On the third day of the draft, you usually aren’t going to find an immediate day one starter. The final day is for finding good value in prospects that you can develop and eventually mold into starters in a year or two. Each of the players above would compete for roster spots immediately and in some cases, they could compete for starting jobs as well.
The Eagles and Kelly are set to have four selections on the final day of the draft, one pick in the 4th round (113th overall), two picks in the 6th round (191st and 196th overall) and one pick in the 7th round (237th overall). That number will likely change due to trades that Kelly will pull off.
But either way, hopefully the team can address the holes at offensive guard and safety throughout the day. It’ll also be interesting to see which players the Eagles sign as undrafted free agents, they’ve been able to find promising players throughout the years following the draft. Be sure to check back here at Inside The Iggles throughout the final day of the draft and the rest of the off-season for everything and anything involving your Philadelphia Eagles!
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