Philadelphia Eagles will still host Josh Jacobs before the 2019 NFL Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to meet with Josh Jacobs before the 2019 NFL Draft. Is he still in play at No.25?
The 2019 NFL Draft is going to be quite interesting for the Philadelphia Eagles. Their likely strategy heading into the first round, which kicks off a few Thursday’s from now will be take the best player available on their board. So if that player happens to be a running back, then the Eagles are going to get themselves a running back in the first round.
It almost happened last year. Well, at least that’s what we think. For the last few years now the Eagles have shown some keen interest in running backs, but they couldn’t get the guys that they wanted. Dalvin Cook was in play in 2017, but the Eagles inability to trade up killed that dream. Then, the Eagles had tons of interest in former Georgia running back Sony Michel last year, but the New England Patriots surprisingly snagged him the 31st pick.
Once that happened, the Eagles didn’t hesitate to trade back into the second round. That’s when we all figured that they were going to grab a running back then. Their pick came up, and LSU’s Derrius Guice was still available. At the time, the Eagles were rumored to be very high on Guice. Maybe even more than they were on Michel last year or Alabama’s Josh Jacobs this year. But the Eagles went in a different direction. Instead, they chose Dallas Goedert. In the end, that pick seems to be the right choice, but the idea of not getting a running back was still puzzling.
Will the Eagles finally draft ‘their guy?’
The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard last week, but that could very much be a one-year rental. So drafting another running back seems to be in play for the Birds this year if they don’t acquire another back from now until three weeks from now. There have been some rumblings about the Eagles potentially drafting Josh Jacobs in the first round, but we could hardly believe it. To add fuel to those rumors though, the Eagles do plan to host Jacobs on a visit sometime next week.
Take this as you will but remember, the Eagles were prioritizing running backs even more last season before the draft, and they ended up empty-handed. While the rumor is out there that the Eagles could take a running back late in the first round, I surely wouldn’t bank on it. However, if Jacobs is still available in the second round, then don’t rule out a trade up.
The Eagles probably won’t move around much in the draft this season, but they have proven in the recent past that they would move up a few picks to snag their top player if they can strike a reasonable deal rather quickly. If Jacobs drops due to the overwhelming amount of lineman talent in the first round, a trade-up should be in play for the Birds.