NFL.com analyst Elliott Harrison put together a Post-Draft Power Rankings list, and the Philadelphia Eagles saw a slight increase in their stock.
Yes, it is only May, and NFL fans are already in a debate over who is the best team in the league. It’s only natural in this day and age, thanks to the wonderful idea of having offseason power rankings. Now, do we take a ton of stock in power rankings? Not really. At least, we shouldn’t. However, it is always interesting to see how teams are viewed in the eyes of the experts.
Recently, NFL.com analyst Elliott Harrison took a look at his Pre-Draft Power Rankings and decided to make a few changes after looking at the 2019 NFL Draft outcome. Some teams ended up seeing a nice increase in their Power Ranking stock. Others, well, they didn’t fare as well.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, less might have been more this year. Despite the team going into the draft with seven total picks, they ended up coming away with five selections after multiple trades were made. Philly stocked up their offense by drafting a new offensive tackle, running back, and a wide receiver early. Then, they decided to get a defensive end in a ‘historically’ stacked draft.
Not to mention, the Eagles also took a quarterback with their final pick, who they plan to develop as Carson Wentz’s future backup as they anticipate losing Nate Sudfeld at some point. In terms of their draft class, the Eagles graded out pretty well for the most part. But when you put it all together with their current team, where do the Eagles stand in comparison to the rest of the league? Let’s take a look at Harrison’s recent Power Rankings…
Where do the Eagles fall?
"“All the Right Moves” is both the name of a middling Tom Cruise football movie from 1983 and the correct label for what the 2017 NFL champs are doing. Philadelphia hit the ground running in the first round by leapfrogging the Texans (picking at No. 23) into the 22nd overall spot to ensure they’d land Jason Peters’ eventual replacement, Andre Dillard, who will eventually look out for Carson Wentz’s blind side. Other draft banter: Still appreciate the trade for running back Jordan Howard, even with Doug Pederson’s squad adding a quality Penn State back ( Miles Sanders) in the second round (No. 53 overall). Anyone else feel like the Eagles are winning at life?"
Before the 2019 NFL Draft, the Eagles could find themselves ranked seventh on NFL.com’s Power Rankings. After the Draft, they moved up one spot. Not exactly a significant increase, but an improvement nonetheless. Despite being outside of the top five, the Eagles are still currently being viewed as a playoff caliber team, which is to be expected. Unfortunately, they fall just outside of the top two in the NFC behind the New Orleans Saints (No. 1) and the Los Angeles Rams (No. 3). Barring any significant injuries this year, the Eagles have all of the tools to make another run.