Pro Football Focus views the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 NFL Draft as a solid one.
Finally, the three-day extravaganza is over. With the 2019 NFL Draft officially in the books, the Philadelphia Eagles can start welcoming in their new rookies that they have acquired. This year, the Eagles headed into the draft with seven total picks. After a few moves were made, they ended up coming away with five total selections. Not exactly an ideal number of rookies to bring in when you’re trying to add some young talent behind the older guys, but the Eagles should be alright.
As we know though, quality trumps quantity in most cases. Here, the Eagles were definitely smart to use some of their lower quality assets in order to gain a high-quality pick. As the Eagles sent a mid-rounder, along with a late-rounder to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round, they shifted up to draft a top-ten player in their eyes in an offensive lineman, Andre Dillard.
For the second round, the Eagles stayed put where they were at and held onto their number 53 and number 57 picks. For the first, second-rounder, the Eagles kept a Pennsylvania kid in his home state and came away with Penn State running back, Miles Sanders.
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A few picks later, they selected Stanford wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who wasn’t making a ton of noise when it came to online scouting reports, but seems to really be gaining a ton of attention from the media now that the Eagles selected him reasonably high up.
The final two picks for the Birds weren’t as highly touted, but they can be promising. The Eagles made another Pennsylvania kids dreams come true, as they drafted lifelong Eagles fan Shareef Miller, who also attended Penn State. Then, as expected, the Eagles selected a quarterback in Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson. With that, they have a brand new draft class. So, how did they do in the eyes of the people over at Pro Football Focus?
PFF Grades the Eagles out with a favorable score
According to Pro Football Focus, the Philadelphia Eagles had an ‘above average’ draft grade. Their first three selections were what seemed to have made the results what they are, while the final two picks were, as expected, just question marks. For the Dillard pick, PFF raved about the Eagles’ future left tackle. As he was one of the best pass protectors in the draft, it was an obvious choice to bring him on to protect Carson Wentz.
For Sanders, PFF mentioned him as one of the best in this year’s class, labeling him as ‘premier talent.’ When they mentioned Arcega-Whiteside, they labeled him as a steal for the Eagles. As PFF views the Stanford wideout as a steal with the 57th pick, given that they ranked him with a first-round grade, the Eagles seem to have yet, another promising young prospect on the offense. They didn’t come away with a lot, but the Eagles clearly fared well in the draft process this year.