NFL Draft History: Re-drafting the Eagles 2019 class

Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Andre Dillard #77, Philadelphia Eagles
Andre Dillard #77, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

What if we had the power to perform a reboot of the Eagles’ 2019 NFL Draft?

When thinking about the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 2019 NFL Draft class, one word comes to mind: underwhelming. The Birds only had five selections to make which tied them with the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints for the least, and here we are, almost three years after five young men were added to the nest, and only one of the players taken has any shot at capitalizing on his potential.

Only three of the five players that were taken are still on the roster: tackle Andre Dillard, running back Miles Sanders, and wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Of those three, Sanders is the only player that feels like he could (or should) be a part of this team’s immediate future.

No one would lose any sleep if Dillard and Arcega-Whiteside were traded or wound up being released during final roster cuts before the season. The other two players added during 2019’s selection meeting were edge rusher Shareef Miller and quarterback Clayton Thorson. Both have found new homes in the USFL.

While the Eagles found some success with a couple of the undrafted free agents they added (T.J. Edwards and Nate Herbig), the guys that were taken during the course of the three-day process that is the selection meeting left a lot to be desired.  Looking back, there are definitely a few minor adjustments that could have been made to ace the exam, and here’s one scenario that would have still been paying dividends today.