Trade Down Candidates
The Eagles are a day away from making their first-round selection but whispers are starting to circle around the league that Philadelphia is destined to move from their current 25th overall selection.
With two second-round picks, moving up is the popular outcome but what if the asking price is too high and the board falls in an unfavorable way?
Howie Roseman could look to move lower down the board again and collect extra picks as he did in 2018.
Perhaps a team wants to move up or get back into the first round to select a quarterback much like Baltimore did last year.
If this hypothetical plays out and the Eagles move down the board, who are the prospects that would be better value picks at a lower selection compared to 25?
Ole Miss OT Greg Little
Offensive tackle could be the biggest immediate need with Jason Peters on a one-year contract. While Jordan Mailata showed significant improvement in the preseason last summer, the Eagles could double down by investing the first high pick in a tackle since Lane Johnson in 2013.
If the Eagles move down to the end of the first round, Ole Miss LT Greg Little would be interesting. While he struggles with a wide stance in run-blocking, Little was a great pass-blocker in the SEC.
Pro Football Focus gave Little a 90.5 pass blocking grade in 2018 and he allowed just 10 QB pressures all season.
Notre Dame DL Jerry Tillery
Tillery is another player that taking at 25 may be a little too high but would be a great value pick a little farther down.
The Notre Dame product can move around the line and get to the quarterback anywhere. Jim Schwartz values that which is evident in the usage of Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, and Michael Bennett before he was traded.
Tillery finished the 2018 season with seven sacks and 48 pressures. He can rotate in with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson while also getting snaps on the edge.
Penn State RB Miles Sanders
Miles Sanders has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of hype season before the draft. His strong testing at the NFL Combine and Penn State's pro day could help push the Nittany Lion into a late first-round selection or at the latest, an early day two pick.
The Eagles already have expressed a lot of interest in Sanders who could provide the offense with the most well-rounded game since LeSean McCoy was traded in 2015.
Much like McCoy was, Sanders is tough to take down. In 2018, he forced 47 missed tackles which was a conference-high in the Big 10. His "cut on a dime" ability fits in with the theme of this RB class.
His contact balance was also a major strength averaging 3.8 yards after contact. Add underrated receiving skills with 4.5 speed and it is easy to see the Eagles moving down with Sanders as their first selection.
Texas DL Charles Omenihu
Omenihu is another versatile lineman that would be much better value at the end of the first round or early in the second.
While he played mostly inside at Texas, Omenihu has the explosion, bend, and power to wreck plays on the edge.
Much like Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham, Omenihu would be a quality run defender on the end. He had a career-high run stop percentage in his final season with the Long Horns.
The Eagles have five picks in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft but with depth across the board, it wouldn't be surprising to see Roseman and the front office add more draft capital and select one of these prospects at a lower cost.
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