The Philadelphia Eagles need an infusion of youth like the Niners have had.
The draft is arguably the most important means to replenish a team’s roster. This should be an NFL general managers’ bread and butter. The successful ones make wise decisions more often than not while the ones that struggle tend to set their team back a team a few years by making bad decisions. The 49ers’ G.M. is John Lynch, and while he’s had a few misses of his own, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw seems like one of his success stories.
After trading down one spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers chose Kinlaw with the 14th overall selection. Although the former South Carolina Gamecocks standout hasn’t recorded his first sack in the NFL, he’s been a key part of the team’s defensive line rotation and made his first start versus the New York Giants in Week 3. He currently holds a 68.0 Pro Football Focus grade, which is solid.
The 49ers selected wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk with their other first-round selection, the 25th overall. The Arizona State product had to wait to make his NFL debut after suffering a hamstring injury in training camp, but in his first game as a pro, the team’s Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets, he hauled in two catches for 21 yards. His production increased versus New York as he left MetLife Stadium with five catches for 70 yards.
Aiyuk also showed off a running back’s skill set when he scored a 19-yard rushing touchdown against the ‘G-Men’. It seems like the rookie is trying to make up for the time he lost in the offseason, and it will be interesting to see what Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz does to contain him.