Potential Day 2 Targets for the Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles traded up to get Washington State left tackle Andre Dillard on Thursday night and that affected Saturday's potential haul but Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas were intent on keeping two picks on Day 2 and that's what Philadelphia will enter Friday night with.
The Eagles possess Nos. 53 and 57 in the second round of the draft but have only two selections after that after sending a fourth-round selection (No. 127) and a sixth-rounder (No. 197) to Baltimore in the effort to land Dillard.
On Day 3 Philadelphia still has a fourth-round pick (No. 138) and a fifth-rounder (No. 163).
Among the positions to keep an eye on Friday night are running back, safety, defensive tackle, edge rusher and receiver. The depth at those positions in the draft is good and it's likely some worthwhile talent will be available for the Eagles.
On offense, Philadelphia still needs a complement to Jordan Howard in the backfield and Penn State running back Miles Sanders is reportedly the Eagles favorite option at the position because of his ceiling as a three-down back. Other fallbacks are those who project to have some receiving skill like Iowa State's David Montgomery, Memphis’ Darrell Henderson, Alabama’s Damien Harris, and Trayveon Williams of Texas A&M.
If you still want a poor man's Marquise Brown, perhaps Ohio State's Parris Campbell, a great athlete who was a manufactured-touch guy in Columbus, is your flavor. If Philadelphia is looking for length Stanford's JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Notre Dame's Miles Boykin, a freak Julio Jones-like blend of size, speed and strength, should be on the board.
Finally, make a note of Texas A&M's Erik McCoy as an interior option on the offensive line. The Eagles need a replacement for Stefen Wisniewski as the game-day backup and McCoy can play all three interior positions while serving as the heir to Jason Kelce.
Defensively, versatile Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson seems like a Jim Schwartz fit at safety with an ability to play center field and move into the slot. Chess pieces who can play multiple positions on the back end always curry favor with the Eagles defensive coordinator. Also in the mix is Virginia's Juan Thornhill, a player who has great ball skills and cornerback in his background, a trait Schwartz also values.
Some interior defensive linemen who could be of interest include Ohio State's Dre'Mont Jones, a penetrating three-technique with quickness and UCF's Trysten Hill, who offers some similar skills and a bit more bulk.
The top edge rusher left may be Louisiana Tech's Jaylon Ferguson, a highly-productive college player who the Eagles showed significant pre-draft interest in. Florida's Jachai Polite, who didn't test well but played like a first-rounder on the field, could also be a valuable addition.
Linebacker isn't the deepest position in this draft but if Hawaii's Jahlani Tavai remains on the board, he could project as a three-down player down the line which is valuable.
Finally, plenty of corners will be in the mix and although it's not a need if Washington's Byron Murphy, Michigan's David Long or Notre Dame's Julian Love are in range you have to have the conversation.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen