Draft Day is here !!!
Well, Eagles fans draft day is finally here. The day we’ve been waiting for since the Birds 20-14 defeat in the NFC Divisional round in New Orleans. Since then this Eagles team has changed. There is no more Nick Foles. Desean Jackson is back and oh Malik Jackson is here as well. The Eagles are well balanced and have no major weaknesses heading into this draft. With that said here are five players I believe are most in play tonight. One of which will be in midnight green by nights end.
Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons
Now I wouldn’t be a huge fan of the pick because of the injury but Simmons is in play. Today the Eagles signed Tim Jernigan to a one year deal. Many thought Jernigan’s time in Philly was over but now returning it only gives the Eagles a perfect three-man defensive tackle rotation it also buys time.
Simmons is going to miss this year with an ACL injury. However next year when Jernigan leaves Simmons can step right in behind Cox and Jackson. While Simmons does have off-field concerns if healthy could be a nice stash. Last season Simmons totaled 63 tackles, 18 for loss and two sacks.
Michigan Linebacker Devin Bush
The second of five players is Michigans Devin Bush. Bush was named the Best Linebacker in college football last year winning the Butkus award. He was also the Big Tens Defensive Player of the year. The Eagles have Nigel Bradham but after losing Jordan Hicks there is now a hole.
Bush is a three-down star that potentially could be a day one starter. A guy that can fly sideline to sideline and cover Bush can do it all.
Alabama running back Josh Jacobs
Ahh yes, Josh Jacobs. For months now there has been hype surrounding Jacobs to the Eagles and it very well could still happen. The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard last month but Jacobs could be the complete back they need. Somebody who is fresher considering he was never the lead back.
Also, someone who is physical and can catch the ball if selected Jacobs would be the first running back the Eagles selected in the first round since 1986.
Florida Safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Johnson is a player that has impressed throughout the offseason. It’s also no secret that GM Howie Roseman loves his Gators so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles targeted the Florida Safety. He would fill the Eagles need for a third safety behind Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins. Also with Jenkins getting older, he can be a mentor to the safety.
Johnson finished last season with 71 tackles and four interceptions.
NC State Lineman Garrett Bradbury
An offensive lineman in the first round is not a sexy or flashy pick but it’s one the Eagles wouldn’t mind making. Bradbury wouldn’t have to be a day one starter but would give depth to a line that could use it. When you look at Jason Peters at 39, Jason Kelce considering retirement and Brooks coming off an Achilles you can always bolster the line.
Selecting Bradbury at 25 allows the Eagles to grab a playmaker along the line who can be a future anchor for the team. It all starts in the trenches.
Will any of these five players be an Eagle?
Of the five players listed above let us know which player you think ends the night in midnight green. If there is another player you feel was missed let us know your thoughts on who the Eagles first selection should be in Nashville.