Final Philadelphia Eagles 3-round mock draft: What will Howie do?
By Hunter Doyle
Howie goes to the trenches for Philadelphia Eagles’ last Day 2 pick.
While linebacker might be the more pressing need, the Eagles front office loves the build from the trenches. It makes sense to take Florida State edge Janarius Robinson at pick 84. The Eagles could use a big-play linebacker but they do have youth there with Alex Singleton, T.J. Edwards, Shaun Bradley, and Davion Taylor that they’ll look to develop. Not to mention, they added Eric Wilson in free agency and Genard Avery will be switching back to linebacker.
That doesn’t mean they won’t add a linebacker at some point. If the right linebacker is on the board, they might have to go with the best player available.
At edge rusher, the Birds could use some depth. Josh Sweat has one year left on his contract and Derek Barnett is on his fifth-year option. One of them or both could be brought back but even with both of them, Brandon Graham is not going to be around forever.
Robinson is a physical monster who plays with impressive instincts. Let’s talk about the measurables first. He stands at six-foot-five and weighs in at 263 pounds with 10 7/8-inch hands, and an 86 2/3-inch wingspan.
While he needs to improve in setting up offensive linemen when pass-rushing, Tracy Rocker could certainly fix that. He’ll need some time to adjust to the 4-3 scheme like Sweat did but this year he’ll be able to play snaps as a rotational DE4. Learning from Graham, Sweat, and Barnett would be valuable for Robinson in his rookie season.