Philadelphia Eagles are in a good spot for 2019’s NFL Draft
The 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone. With OTAs underway and the Philadelphia Eagles’ draft class already having put pen-to-paper, we take a way-too-early early look ahead to the 2019’s selection meeting.
The 2018 NFL Draft process has been a done deal for about a month now. With that chapter closed, another one opens. OTAs are, now, the topic of discussion. Rookie mini-camp is a distant memory, and the Philadelphia Eagles draft class are official members of the roster. With that being said, it’s never to early to peek at what may happen in next year’s draft, right?
If someone attempted to summarize the Eagles’ 2018 draft, they’d have to use the word ‘future’. Some fans may have been disappointed with the minimal amount selections this year, but the bottom-line is executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and company were utilizing this draft as a tool to prepare for future college classes.
You can even argue that the main goal of the entire off-season was to position themselves in future drafts. This is an organization that’s clearly hungry to establish its’ self as a dynasty, and it shows with every move that the team makes.
A potential look at the 2019 NFL Draft…
When the draft rolls around again next year, the Eagles should have an abundance of quality selections at its’ disposal. There’s a good chance that they’ll be awarded compensatory picks. They also picked up an extra second rounder thanks to a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.
Here’s a preview of the projected 2019 Draft picks for the Eagles:
- 1st Round – Regular pick
- 2nd Round – Regular Pick
- 2nd Round – Pick acquired from the Ravens
- 3rd Round – Regular Pick
- 4th Round – Regular Pick
- 4th Round – Projected compensatory pick
- 5th Round – Regular Pick
- 6th Round – Regular Pick
- 6th Round – Projected compensatory pick
- 7th Round – Pick either goes to the Eagles or the Denver Broncos
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Here are a few takeaways.
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Philly being awarded compensatory picks is, obviously, not a done deal. That still has yet to be decided. Still, for now, the Eagles are projected to have a total of ten selections for next year’s draft with a seventh rounder possibly going to them or Denver.
The front office seems to haven taken note on the possible talent in the upcoming class. That’s been for good reason. Next year’s prospects have the potential to be elite players at the next level.
That includes guys like defensive end Nick Bosa, defensive tackle Ed Oliver, wide receiver A.J. Brown, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, cornerback Greedy Williams, and running back Bryce Love are just some players of significance.
Even with this information, we still cannot just discredit the rookies the Eagles drafted in 2018. Tight end Dallas Goedert, cornerback Avonte Maddox, defensive end Josh Sweat, offensive tackle Matt Pryor, and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata all have great potential. You can even throw the undrafted free agents, running back Josh Adams and safety Jeremy Reaves, into that category.
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If you combine the current young core that ‘The Birds’ possess and add it to what they can get with next year’s draft picks, the Eagles should be in a good position for a long time.