ESPN: Eagles’ Draft Pick Jordan Davis One of Best Fits with New Team
The Eagles made a bold move to jump Baltimore in the NFL Draft to select massive defensive tackle Jordan Davis.
The Eagles selected the 6-foot-6, 341 pound space eater when other options at positions of need like Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, Washington corner Trent McDuffie and Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson were available.
However, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen, a former NFL safety, Davis is the perfect fit and landing spot for what the Eagles are trying to do in Jonathan Gannon's defensive scheme.
Davis was listed as one of 10 players Bowen says landed on teams that fit them perfectly, factoring in scheme, tendencies and coaching:
At 6-foot-6 and 341 pounds, Davis changes the dynamic of the Eagles' defense. In coordinator John Gannon's odd- and even-man fronts, Davis can generate run-game disruption with his combination of power and play strength. He will stack, shed and engulf ball carriers, and he can also plug gaps and command a double-team at the point of contact. You're not moving Davis off the ball consistently with single-man blocks here. This will allow linebackers to fill downhill or scrape laterally to stop the run.
While Davis doesn't have the traits of a high-end interior pass-rusher, his ability to push the pocket and account for two blockers in protection will create more one-on-ones across the Eagles' defensive front on passing reps.
One area Davis should help is against the run, where the Eagles have had issues in the past. Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are both more suited to rush the passer, adding Davis gives the team a player whose first priority will be to help stop the run.
With that, Davis should draw plenty of double-teams and give the linebackers more free looks at ball carriers.
Expect the Eagles to use more odd-man fronts with three and five man looks, that will give guys like Brandon Graham, Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat more one-on-one opportunities to rush the passer.