I'm confused about this trade, but the one thing that is clear is that Philadelphia will be selecting a quarterback No. 2 overall. The Eagles have been linked to Wentz, and it's become apparent that the Rams' preference is now Goff after liking Wentz earlier, so Philadelphia will get its man for sure.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. None - It's 99.9-percent certain that Wentz will be the pick.
Rd. 3, Pk. 16
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
Ryan Mathews is one of the few Chip Kelly experiments who still happens to be on the roster. I don't expect that to last much longer.
Rd. 5, Pk. 14
Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
TThe Eagles are moving back to the 4-3 - strange that they even switched to the 3-4 in the first place - which means they'll need more defensive linemen for depth purposes.
Rd. 5, Pk. 25
Spencer Drango, G/OT, Baylor
The Eagles are desperate for offensive line help, but they may have to wait a while, due to a lack of picks.
Pick change; previously Ronald Blair, DE
Rd. 6, Pk. 12
Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
The Eagles signed a bunch of pedestrian receivers this offseason. They still need help at the position.
Rd. 7, Pk. 12
Pearce Slater, OT, San Diego State
The Eagles need a depth on the offensive line, and perhaps someone to step in at right tackle once Lane Johnson moves to the blind side in the future.
Rd. 7, Pk. 30
Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
The Eagles have so many needs and so few picks. I'd like to give them a cornerback earlier, but if I do that, then they'll be taking another position too late.
With Gareon Conley's off-the-field issue, I'm not sure there is a corner who Philadelphia would value at No. 14. Thus, the Eagles could change course and add a pass-rusher. Here's an edge rusher they've hosted who could rush across from Brandon Graham.
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources view Barnett as a smooth pass-rusher who has some natural pass-rushing skills for the pros. Barnett can fight his way through blocks and close on the quarterback. The best traits that Barnett illustrates are an ability to sink his hips and dip under tackles to get leverage in chasing down the quarterback.
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman. Barnett (6-3, 259) is a solid run defender with room for improvement.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
The Eagles grab a feature running back who is a great fit for Doug Pederson.
Kamara is a super-hot prospect in scouting circles and is going to keep rising throughout the leadup to the 2017 NFL Draft. Some sources say they wouldn't be surprised if Kamara ends up getting Thursday night consideration in the middle to back half of the first round because he is such a versatile, explosive play-maker.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pounder has a strong build with impressive speed. He is a dynamic receiver out of the backfield who also gives defenses a lot of problems running routes from the slot. Kamara has soft hands and is a superb route-runner. He also is a dangerous weapon on special teams with returning kicks. In my opinion, Kamara is a lot like Jamaal Charles; a comparison sources have agreed with.
In 2016, Kamara averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 596 yards and nine scores. He also took 40 receptions for 392 yards and four scores, plus was a threat as a punt returner. In 2015, Kamara averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 698 yards with seven touchdowns. He showed his skills in the passing game with 34 receptions for 291 yards with three scores.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Philadelphia could use more long-term receiving talent and has shown interest in Godwin.
Godwin had an electric end to the 2016 season with a tremendous Rose Bowl performance against USC. He made nine catches for 187 yards with two touchdowns - both scores came against Trojans cornerback Adoree' Jackson. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Godwin is a smooth receiver who has some quickness while not being undersized. The junior totaled 59 receptions for 982 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2016 and decided to skip his senior year on those numbers. After a blazing fast 40 time at the combine, Godwin should end up being a second-day pick.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
The Eagles could use multiple cornerback upgrades.
In 2016, Sutton recorded eight tackles with one pass breakup and an interception. His season ended during Week 3, when he broke a bone in his ankle. Sutton has decent size, quickness and instincts. He prevents separation, but needs to get better at playing the ball. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a physical defender who plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Sutton totaled 28 tackles, one interception and six passes batted in 2015. He was excellent for the Volunteers in 2014, recording 37 tackles with three interceptions, 13 passes broken up and four tackles for a loss for the year. Sutton was a superb freshman cornerback in 2013 while recording 39 tackles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions that season.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
The Eagles could take multiple wide receivers from this class as there is good mid-round depth.
Ford totaled 79 receptions for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder had a breakout sophomore season with 75 receptions for 1,156 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also contributed as a freshman with 56 catches for 709 yards and six scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
The Eagles grab some tight end depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
The Eagles could use multiple wide receivers.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Malik Golden, SS, Penn State
The Eagles hosted Golden and could use some safety depth.
NFL.com/My Comparison: Blake Bortles
12th Passing Yards
21st Passing Touchdowns
10th Completion Percentage
Stupid....need I say more. Why have a $7 million backup when you can have a $20 million backup. I don't understand the need to give up this much to move up to draft Wentz. Bradford was no Drew Brees, but he was a solid QB in Kelly's system and I really thought that Bradford could be a Alex Smith type in his system and for a while I had them picking Elliott and thought that they just were playing the game and leading teams on, but jumped everyone to draft Elliott and have him play a Jamal Charles role. I personally hope Bradford does get to get out and go to the Broncos and spends the next 5 years contending in the playoffs, while the Eagles plays QB roulette.
With a body type that is as prototypical as they come and a background in reading the entire field and working through progressions, Wentz will immediately check a couple of boxes that many college quarterbacks won't be able to check. While his arm strength is OK, he can still make all the throws and he can make them with accuracy. His ability to escape pressure and pick up first downs with his feet will be yet another check mark in his favor. Wentz is still in a developmental phase after just two years at an FCS program, but has the mental and physical building blocks of a future, franchise quarterback.
Pure stud. Running backs are devalued in this current version of the NFL but having a back that can be a legitimate 3 down bell cow superstar back just makes life so much easier. The Eagles have some “options” at QB but as of now no one that seems to be a franchise guy so they definitely could be in the market for a QB (potential trade partner for a team looking to trade down such as the Ravens at 6) but with Wentz and Goff off the board the best move is likely to make Sam Bradford/Chase Daniel’s lives as easy as possible and put them in the best place to succeed. This pick comes down to an offensive tackle (Ronnie Stanley) or Zeke. It was tough to decide especially with the Eagles of recent memory drafting more for need than Best Player Available, but ultimately Zeke will just be too good to pass up. A 6’ 225lbs bulldozer with soft hands and elite level quickness and speed, not just for a man of his size but for the position as a whole, Zeke is the total package. He’s able to stop on a dime and make the correct read as well as any recent running back. Perhaps the most interesting and telling aspect of his game is that he is very likely the best pass blocking back scouted in a while on top of his amazing running skills. This shows his willingness to get down and dirty and truly displays his desire to win and help his team at all costs. Zeke truly has very few weaknesses in his game and is probably just a small step below Adrian Peterson as the best running back prospect in the past 10 or so years.
Unfortunately, I think the Eagles will take Lynch here. Goff will have just evaporated from their fingertips and they will panic. Lynch has every physical trait you'd want in your starting QB, but he is nowhere near pro-ready. He has trouble with progressions and route-anticipation. Both are essential things for a starting NFL QB. I'd rather see him go in the twenties, but in a QB needy league, he will go higher. Perhaps they will pick up a veteran to start for them in the 2016 season while they groom Lynch. Or maybe they will stick with Sanchez for at least the beginning of 2016... *gulps loudly*
Similarly, GM Howie Roseman gave up quite a bit to go get a quarterback as well. Chip Kelly's gross mishandling of the quarterback position during his time in Philadelphia has left new head man Doug Pederson with a broken former #1 overall pick in Sam Bradford, and a career backup Pederson scavenged from the free agency heap in Chase Daniel. The Eagles have now positioned themselves to take either one of the top QBs L.A doesn't choose, and I feel it will be Goff. The former California product isn't blessed with Wentz' big, athletic build or cannon arm, but he'll bring a cerebral presence to the huddle and a keen understanding of what the defense is trying to do week in and week out. He displays pinpoint accuracy and does a great job of leading receivers with his throws, and his steady play is exactly what Philly needs going into next season.
The Eagles could use help all over the place. The Eagles could be in the market for a quarterback depending on what happens with Sam Bradford, but this could be too early for Carson Wentz. The Eagles could also use a wide receiver or defensive back since Maxwell is looking like a waste of money. The biggest issue though is the offensive line. Chip Kelly failed to address the offensive line year after year. As a result journeyman players such as Allen Barbe and Andrew Gardner and Matt Tobin were forced to start. Jason Peters struggled this year, do not be fooled by his Pro Bowl vote. The Eagles could cut Peters and draft Ronnie Stanley as their new franchise left tackle. Stanley is not a mauler in the run game like Tunsil, however, he is just as agile in pass protection and is able to get outside on screens and sweeps. Stanley is a future All-Pro in the mold of Tyron Smith.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 2
Carson Wentz, QB
As with the Rams' grade, I'm going to have to penalize Philadelphia for its trade. I gave the Eagles a Millen on my NFL Draft Trade Grades page, as they surrendered way too much. Even if Wentz hits, Philadelphia will struggle to maintain success because of a lack of resources. Think about what happened to the Falcons in the wake of the Julio Jones deal. Matt Ryan is a solid quarterback, and Jones obviously panned out, but Atlanta hasn't visited the playoffs in a while because of a severe lack of depth. Unless Wentz is the next Andrew Luck and can single-handedly carry the Eagles as Luck does with the Colts in a soft division, Philadelphia will have trouble consistently reaching the postseason for quite a while.
Having said that, I think Wentz is the better option, so the Eagles will be given a full letter grade higher than the Rams. Wentz is seen as the superior signal-caller by most of our NFL contacts, and it's easy to understand why. While the rail-thin Jared Goff played in a goofy spread system and maintained a losing record in college, Wentz won and was more accurate in a pro system, and he doesn't look like he'll snap in half at any second.
While it would probably be better for the Eagles to wait a year or two to land a franchise quarterback - again, check the 2017 NFL Mock Draft for what appear to be two top-five signal-callers next April - it seems like Wentz is the better option of the two available in this class.