McShay and Kiper Talk Draft Analysis
On Wednesday, April 18, ESPN hosted a conference call for media members with NFL draft analysis pros Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. McShay and Kiper discussed some of the top draft prospects as well as the thought process and ideal fits and needs of specific NFL teams. McShay and Kiper gave their thoughts and opinions based on their grading of players.
The Draft Is Almost Here!
We are just 8 short days away from the 2018 NFL Draft that will be taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Philadelphia Eagles still sit as the Super Bowl champions. This gives them the 32nd pick in the 1st round of the draft. Due to impeccable moves by Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman, the Eagles, unfortunately, are without a 2nd or 3rd round pick. This means that their 1st round pick is no joke. The Eagles are taking some serious time and putting a good amount of thought into their decision.
Because the Eagles are the Super Bowl champions, there is not much discussion about their team. McShay and Kiper gave their draft analysis and a little bit more insight on the Champs’ potential draft strategy.
Will There Be Any Changes Before Or During The Draft?
When it comes to Howie Roseman and Head coach Doug Pederson, anything is possible. Just when you think they have made the best move, they surprise you with a new one. Trading up in the draft or trading back for later round picks is not out of the question for Roseman. There are still guys on the roster like Nick Foles and Mychal Kendricks who may be hot commodities come draft day. There is really no telling what the Eagles are going to do until the move is executed.
Todd McShay believes that depending on the quarterback situation in this draft, the Eagles might trade back into the 2nd round. He discussed how typically there are 2-3 quarterbacks that tend to go in the first round. This year, there are four guys in Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Rosen that are projected to go in the top 12. There is an additional possibility of Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson going in the top 25. If all six of these guys go, McShay believes that this will push back a few more skilled players. This would give teams like the Vikings, Eagles, and Patriots the option of trading back and still getting the same guys they would have taken at their original first round picks.
Derrius Juice Is The Guy For The Eagles
I had the opportunity to ask Mel Kiper what his draft analysis was on the Eagles potentially selecting LSU running back Derrius Guice, and how his style of play would translate in the NFL and more specifically in the Eagles style of offense.
All sources indicated early on that the Eagles were going to go defense and take a linebacker at #32. Since then, they have added a few guys on the defensive side via trades and free agency acquisitions. Because of this, all signs point to an offensively focused draft by the Eagles. The Eagles have shown the highest amount of interest in Guice, having met with him several times so far.
In Kiper’s Grade A Draft, he selected Guice for the Eagles. He explained that Guice would be great because the Eagles no longer have LeGarrette Blount. Guice runs hard downhill, has experience dealing with stacked boxes because LSU’s passing game was not great. He noted that Guice will give the Eagles offense some big yards and a big average per carry, and will ultimately be right in line with what the Birds need and will add to a stable group of running backs. Kiper also mentioned that since the Eagles don’t have a 2nd or 3rd round pick, they need to nail it. Mel Kiper believes that Derrius Guice would be the right guy.
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