The Eagles hold the the 53rd and 103rd picks in day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Who are they targeting? Will they double dip at wide receiver? Could they draft a cornerback? Maybe they’ll solidify depth on the offensive line. The Eagles need a linebacker. Will they draft a player to man the middle of the defense? Only Howie Roseman knows what the birds will target on the second day of the draft. Let’s examine the options available for the Eagles to target on Friday evening.
Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
Has good length and flexibility. Lloyd can play Center or Guard. He was awarded with 1st team ALL-SEC, and was a part of the best offensive line in College football. He was the leader on the line that led LSU to the National Championship. Lloyd does struggle with hand placement and footwork.
Matt Hennessy, Temple
Matt has excellent balance on the line, and displays good awareness. He exhibits good acceleration on his blocks, but tends to struggle with his footwork and timing. Hennessy did meet with Eagles brass over a zoom meeting in the pre-draft process.
K.J. Hamler, Penn State
Miles Sanders is making the second round pick call for the Eagles tonight. Could he call his former teammates name in the second round? Hamler is an explosive player who can stretch the field at the blink of an eye. Hamler can return kicks, punts, or stretch the field on offense.
Denzel Mims, Baylor
Mims is a vertical threat that can stretch the field. He’s a physical receiver that plays with competitive toughness. For as physical as he plays, Mims does show lackadaisical play at times. He’ll tend to take plays off when not targeted. However, Mims plays with a high motor, and exhibits a decent catch radius.
Tee Higgins, Clemson
Higgins has all the makings of a successful wide receiver in the NFL. He had a successful career at Clemson where he finished tied for most touchdowns in school history. Higgins displays excellent footwork off press coverage. If a NFL team is looking for a reliable red zone threat, then you need to call Tee Higgins name on draft day.
Laviska Shenault, Colorado
Shenault can do it all! He exhibits good size: 6’1 , 227lbs. He’s a physical receiver who isn’t afraid to go up and get it! Shenault is a jack of all trades. He can play any receiver position, as well as drop into H-Back for some running plays.
Yeter Gross-Matos, Penn State
Gross-Matos could be the next Edge defender off the board. He finished with 1st team All-BIG 10 honors after registering 9.5 sacks this past season. He plays with a high motor and has tremendous length. Yeter is a versatile defender as he played on the interior as well as the outside.
A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
A.J has great size at 6’6, 280lbs. He brings exceptional length with a long wingspan. He brings competitive toughness and likes to barrel over his opponent. Epenesa finished with 11.5 sacks.
Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi St
Willie opened eyes at the combine running a 4.4 40 yard dash. A solid tackler with big impact on his tackles. Several red flags pop up about Willie including a few fights that involved suspensions. Also, he was caught cheating on his Chemistry exam. I get it bro. I failed chemistry too, but don’t cheat. Willie could be a borderline first round talent if not for the off field issues.
Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian St
Akeem is undersized for the linebacker position listed at 6’1, 219 lbs. He displays good lateral agility and attacks the football well. He needs to work through the mental aspects of the position as he’s fairly new to playing linebacker.
Kristian Fulton, LSU
K-Baby has some baggage after receiving a 2 year suspension from the good ole boys at the NCAA. He swapped out Pee samples with someone else and got caught in the process. Maybe he was still high? Who knows. On the field, Fulton’s been a lights out CB. 15 passes defensed and 1 INT leading to a selection as 2nd team ALL-SEC in 2019. He’s an elite shutdown corner, and will be selected early this evening.
Trevon Diggs, Alabama
He’s the younger brother of current Bills wideout, Stefon Diggs. Playing for Alabama in 2019, Trevon recorded 3 INT’s and 8 pass breakups. He’s a tall, physical CB who plays well in press man coverage. Tackling? Yeah….Really not his thing. Think of Asante Samuel in that regard. Overall, Trevon has good length and size for a NFL CB.
Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Jaylon is a 2019 All-American from the University of Utah. He played most of the season with a torn right labrum, which he had surgery on March 4th. Jaylon has the ability to be a lock down corner in the NFL. He plays with physicality at the line of scrimmage. He does have a tendency to get too touchy feely in coverage down field. He’s a lock to be selected tonight.
Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Xavier McKinney can play all over in the defensive backfield. He can play center field, sit in the slot, or play up in the box. He finished 2nd in the SEC with 59 solo tackles, and had 4 forced fumbles. A good football IQ, and has a knack for finding the football.
Grant Delpit, LSU
Can he follow in the footsteps of the Safety legacy at LSU? Jamal Adams, the honey badger are just a few names. Delpit is a baller. He’s received multiple 1st team ALL-SEC honors, and won the Jim Thorpe award for being the best of the best at defensive back. He’s very athletic, and likes to play physical. However, he tends to miss some tackles every so often.
Antoine Winfield Jr
The football pedigree is present as he’s the son of former Pro bowl CB Antoine Winfield. He was everywhere in the gophers defense in 2019. He finished with 62 tackles and 7 INT’s. He shows tremendous football IQ, and is a play maker on the field. The one knock on Winfield is his height being under 6 foot. His dad was 5’9 and did just fine. There should be zero pause about selecting Junior tonight in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Where will the Eagles target?
Honestly, I have no clue, but I’ll take a stab at it. The sexy pick would obviously be selecting another weapon for Carson Wentz at wide receiver. I don’t think that’s a road I’m traveling down. The position I’d focus on is defensive back. There’s plenty of elite options that slipped out of the first round. The above names at CB and S are all options that could help solidify the back end of the Eagles defense. Predictions: The Eagles jump up in front of Jerry’s world in the second round and select a CB. The third round is where I would target a LB. Howie is gonna be Howie, and we never know what to expect. Enjoy the draft tonight!