Ben Banogu, DE, TCU
Round 6, Pick 197
Again, the Eagles don’t have an immediate need for a defensive end, but it’s been proven that you can never have too many guys in the trenches on this team. Earlier in the draft, we have the Eagles taking a versatile defensive lineman, here, we have them taking a straight up edge rusher in TCU’s Ben Banogu.
The Eagles aren’t exactly getting a steal here, but Banogu was the only player that really made sense in this case. He was decent at TCU, despite having some average sack numbers. Clearly, he’s a situational defensive end, which works in this case since the Eagles enjoy utilizing a heavy rotation with their end anyway.
For a moment, I considered taking a quarterback here, but a few logical selections went off the board beforehand. In that case, the Eagles would probably find their guy via Free Agency after the draft. However, don’t rule out a trade into the seventh round. The Eagles made it clear that they would like to draft a quarterback to compete with Nate Sudfeld this year, but I can’t imagine it being any earlier than the sixth or seventh rounds.