A Look at Every Player the Eagles Might Target in Rounds Two and Three

With the first round of the draft now on the back burner, it’s time for teams to settle in and attempt to maximize the value of each draft pick. With that in mind, here’s a look at every player the Eagles could (or at least should) target during the second day of the draft. Players are foremostly listed according to how I rank the Eagles’ remaining positions of need. Within each position, players are listed alphabetically. Also of note, I ranked the Eagles’ remaining positions of need with the assumption that current guard Evan Mathis will be traded at some point during the next two days. Total players listed: 33

1. Safety
Adrian Amos- 6’0 218 lbs.
Notes: Plus athleticism for the safety position. Above average at recognizing routes. Plus ability in coverage. Below average in run support. Takes poor pursuit angles at times. I am bullish on Amos, and if what shows up on his college tape translates to the NFL, he’s an excellent candidate to thrive in Billy Davis’s defense. If the Eagles opt to wait on drafting a safety or miss out on a target in the first two rounds of the draft, Amos is likely the team’s best remaining option.
Projection: Third round

Landon Collins- 6’0 228 lbs.
Notes: Largely considered to be the best safety in the draft. Elite run support skills. Decent speed for large frame. For where he will be drafted, Collins possesses below average man coverage skills and he struggles at times to locate the ball. Dropped multiple interceptions while at Alabama but made up for it with his consistent tackling. If the Eagles are looking to fill their need at safety by drafting a bruising, downhill player early in the draft, Collins is undoubtedly their guy. While Collins is an attractive candidate to most fans and will be taken early in the upcoming draft, I believe the Eagles will go in another direction at the safety position.
Projection: First round

Quinten Rollins- 5’11 195 lbs.
Notes: Rollins will be listed at both the safety and cornerback positions in this piece. Plays stronger than his measureables would suggest. Competitive. Plus ability in press coverage. Physical for his size and has plus ability as a tackler. Recovers well when beaten. Technique could improve. Susceptible to double moves. NFL Network draft-analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently mocked Rollins to be drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the upcoming draft.
Projection: Third round

Eric Rowe- 6’1 205 lbs.
Notes: Rowe will be listed at both the safety and cornerback positions in this piece. Rowe is worth mentioning along with the safeties because his size and skill-set would make him an intriguing player in the Eagles’ secondary. Long player who is physical enough to match up with tight ends in man coverage. Plus tackler. Above-average ability at the line of scrimmage. Below average acceleration. Below average ability to recover once beaten. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Second round

Josh Shaw- 6’0 201 lbs.
Notes: Like Rollins and Rowe, Shaw will be mentioned with the safeties and the cornerbacks in this piece. Attacks ball. Technique needs improvement. Gets caught sleeping too often. Pac-12 connection is notable. Respected NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Shaw is a bonafide starting NFL safety. Shaw’s size and experience at cornerback could make him an intriguing option for the Eagles at the cornerback or safety position.
Projection: Fourth round

Derron Smith- 5’10 200 lbs.
Notes: Plus skills in coverage. Not particularly fast for size. Undersized for an NFL safety and will struggle greatly to cover tight ends. Elite ball skills. Pursuit angles are below average. Tackling technique could use work. Smith’s coverage skills make him an interesting second or third round option in the upcoming draft, but his lack of size makes him far from a slam-dunk for the Eagles.
Projection: Late second round

2. Offensive Line
A.J. Cann- 6’3 313 lbs.
Notes: Plays with low pad level. Wide base. Moves well to block on screen plays. Recognizes stunts well. Poor at times when attempting to block at the second level. Needs to improve initial punch. Needs to be more disciplined with outside hand.
Projection: Early second round

T.J. Clemmings- 6’5 309 lbs.
Notes: Plus athleticism for position. Plus foot quickness. Strong hands that can stun edge rushers. Strong finisher of blocks. Still raw. Needs improvement in advancing to the second level. Can get down on himself if he gets beat.
Projection: Late first round

La’el Collins- 6’4 305 lbs.
Notes: Strong hands. Plus pass protector. Technically proficient. Can likely play guard or tackle. Struggles to bring hips during blocks at times. Below average speed and agility for an offensive linemen. Plays high too often. Collins visited with the Eagles prior to the draft. Collins is currently a person of interest in a police investigation of a murder. While he’s not considered a suspect, many teams have completely removed Collins from their draft boards.
Projection: First round

Jake Fisher- 6’6 306 lbs.
Notes: Elite quickness for an offensive linemen. Exceptional as a zone blocker. Wide base. Plus ability to advance to second level defenders. Penalized far too often. Outside hand is often too wide in pass protection. Has a tendency of catching pass rushers instead of punching. Missed games in 2014 due to a leg injury. The former Oregon player would likely initially project as a guard in Chip Kelly’s system. The long-term hope would be to transition Fisher to left tackle once Jason Peters retires. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is obviously notable.
Projection: Late first round

Ali Marpet- 6’4 307 lbs.
Notes: Good foot quickness. Elite ability to play low. Perhaps best hand placement of any offensive linemen in the draft in both run and pass blocking. Concerns include level of competition in college while at Hobart as well as having short legs. Will likely be asked to gain wait in the NFL.
Projection: Third round

Ty Sambrailo- 6’6 311 lbs.
Notes: Plus athleticism for an offensive linemen. Plus hand placement in pass blocking. Above average at finishing blocks. Will likely be asked to gain weight in the NFL. Needs work as a run blocker. Below average strength for an offensive linemen.
Projection: Third round

Donovan Smith- 6’6 338 lbs.
Notes: Plus strength. Above average footwork for frame. Plus ability as a play-side zone blocker. Below average athlete for an offensive tackle. Slow playing instincts. Below average at finishing blocks. Could improve as a second-level run blocker. Intriguing prospect who could convert to guard in the NFL. Smith’s athleticism could make him a value pick for the Eagles during the second day of the draft, but they would likely need to trade up in the second round in order to select him. Smith visited with the Eagles prior to the draft.
Projection: Second round

3. Cornerback
Jalen Collins- 6’1 203 lbs.
Notes: Plus speed for a corner with his size. Changes direction easily. Plus instincts and athleticism for a player with little starting experience. Relies on talent over technique at times. Not aggressive enough at times. Collins met with the Eagles prior to the draft.
Projection: Early second round

Ronald Darby- 5’11 193 lbs.
Notes: Possesses plus speed that is needed for somewhat of an undersized corner. Above average body control and plays with high instincts and awareness. Above average in run support for a cornerback under six feet tall. Struggles against inside releases. Possessed questionable toughness. Bigger receivers will give him issues.
Projection: Second round

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu- 5’9 192 lbs.
Notes: Moves well. Plus tackler for small size. Plus ball skills. Played on the outside and in the slot while at Oregon. Relies on technique very little. Suffered severe knee injury at end of 2014 college football season. Has issues with big receivers. If Brandon Boykin is traded, the Eagles could be interested in drafting Ekpre-Olomu in the middle rounds and moving Walter Thurmond III to the outside. Oregon and Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Fourth round

Steven Nelson- 5’10 197 lbs.
Notes: I am bullish on Nelson. Elite physicality and competitiveness for a cornerback, especially when considering his size. Plus ability in press coverage. Plus ability as a tackler for his position. Below average speed for the position. Struggles at times in man coverage. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Late third round

Quinten Rollins- 5’11 195 lbs.
Notes: Already listed with the safeties, Rollins plays stronger than his measureables would suggest. Competitive. Plus ability in press coverage. Physical for his size and has plus ability as a tackler. Recovers well when beaten. Technique could improve. Susceptible to double moves. Love of football has been questioned. NFL Network draft-analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently mocked Rollins to be drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the upcoming draft.
Projection: Third round

Eric Rowe- 6’1 205 lbs.
Notes: Rowe was already listed among other safeties the Eagles could target, but he also makes the cornerback list. I think Rowe could very well be a target for the Eagles in the second round, even if they have to trade up to get him. Pac-12 connection is notable. Rowe worked out for and met with the Eagles prior to the draft.
Projection: Second round

Josh Shaw- 6’0 201 lbs.
Notes: Shaw is worth mentioning with the cornerbacks due to his experience playing the position while at USC. Attacks ball. Technique needs improvement. Gets caught sleeping too often. Pac-12 connection is notable. Respected NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Shaw is a bonafide starting NFL safety. Shaw’s size and experience could make him an intriguing option for the Eagles at the cornerback or safety position.
Projection: Fourth round

P.J. Williams- 6’0 194 lbs.
Notes: Off the field concerns could make him a risky draft pick. Plus ability as a press corner. Plus strength for position. Plus tackler. Too physical at times. Does not possess a high-motor at all times.
Projection: Third round

4. Pass Rusher
OLB Kwon Alexander- 6’1 227 lbs.
Notes: Above average athleticism and lateral movement ability. Plus speed for position. Will disrupt tight ends and running backs at the beginning of a route. Plays too high. Poor awareness at times. Takes false steps too often. Gets washed down too easily when run blocked.
Projection: Third round

DE Henry Anderson- 6’6 294 lbs.
Notes: Comes off the ball well for his size. High-motor player. Intelligent player. Has played in odd and even fronts. Will add bulk to lower body once in the NFL. Uninspiring feet that stop at contact at times. Probably lacks necessary power to play inside in the NFL. Must improve hand placement as a pass rusher. Anderson is a player for Eagles’ fans to keep their eye on during the second day of the draft. He would be a steal for any team if drafted after the third round. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Third round

DE Frank Clark- 6’3 271 lbs.
Notes: Arrested in 2014 for domestic violence so some teams may view him as a risky draft pick. Excels as a downhill player. Good bust up field when pass rushing. Plays low and coverts speed to power well. Relies on motor over talent. Below average agility.
Projection: Third round

DE Mario Edwards Jr.- 6’3 279 lbs.
Notes: A player who has been trending more and more as the draft approaches. Very thick frame. Above average power at the snap of the ball. Has strength to out-leverage blockers. Very poor pass rusher. Lacks power in hands. In-play awareness needs improvement.
Projection: First round

DE Trey Flowers- 6’2 266 lbs.
Notes: High motor player. Consistent with hand placement. Good technician. Can hold his own against the run. Below average burst at the snap of the ball.
Projection: Late third round

OLB Randy Gregory- 6’5 235 lbs.
Notes: Failed the combine drug test, so some teams may be hesitant to draft him. Plays stronger than his measureables suggest. Will likely add weight in the NFL. Plus explosiveness. Can play from two or three point stance. Stays low against pulling guards. Plays too narrow at times. Often wastes movement after the snap. Slow to process plays at times. Gregory’s character concerns have some teams to completely removing him from their draft boards.
Projection: First round

OLB Eli Harold- 6’3 247 lbs.
Notes: Elite strength for position. Effective with hand on the ground or standing up. Elite closing burst. Plus agility for position. Lower body needs to get stronger in the NFL. Needs work in coverage and as a finisher when tackling.
Projection: Early second round

OLB Danielle Hunter- 6’5 252 lbs.
Notes: Elite athlete for his position. Long arms. Powerful hands. Can overpower tackles at point of attack. Moves well in space. Possesses above average spin move. Active player at all times. Relies too much on athleticism at times. Needs to produce more as a pass rusher. Hunter visited with the Eagles prior to the draft. From a value standpoint, Hunter is my favorite pass rusher in the draft. I expect the LSU standout to be on Chip Kelly’s short list beginning in the third round.
Projection: Third round

OLB Hau’oli Kikaha- 6’2 253 lbs.
Notes: Gives relentless effort at all time. Versatile player. Excellent hands. Plus agility. Recovery ability is above average. Not much value as a run-stopper. Past injuries while at Washington are a concern. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Third round

OLB Lorenzo Mauldin- 6’4 259 lbs.
Notes: High character player. High-motor player. Plus in-play awareness. Above average agility. Plays too upright. Needs to add more mass to lower body. Lack of size is an issue as a run stopper.
Projection: Third round

OLB Owamagbe Odighizuwa- 6’3 267 lbs.
Notes: One of the most chiseled players in this draft. Plays strong at the point of attack. Elite ability as a run stopper. Strong and fast hands. Needs to continue developing as a pass rusher. Below average pursuit ability. Below average in coverage. Unless he gains weight and transitions to a 3-4 defensive end or develops as a pass rusher, Odighizuwa may not fit into the Eagles’ philosophy on defense. Odighizuwa met with the Eagles prior to the draft.
Projection: Early second round

OLB Nate Orchard- 6’3 250 lbs.
Notes: Quick feet. Above average inside move as pass rusher. Offers scheme versatility. Flexible upper body. Poor against the run. Too stiff at times. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Early third round

DE Preston Smith- 6’5 271 lbs.
Notes: Long arms. Plus talent as a run stopper. Holds his ground at almost all times. Must improve inside pass rushing moves. Slow off the ball at times. Lacks necessary power to bull rush. Smith began trending into the first half of the draft after an impressive senior season and performance at the Senior Bowl.
Projection: Second round

5. Quarterback
Brett Hundley- 6’3 226 lbs.
Notes: Another intriguing prospect who fits the mold of the athletic quarterback that Chip Kelly seemingly desires. Sturdy frame. Plus ability at maneuvering inside the pocket to buy time. Plus quickness to escape from pocket when necessary. Played behind a below-average offensive line while at UCLA. Has not shown ability to win from the pocket yet. Too slow moving through progressions at times. Takes off as a runner too often. Pac-12 connection is notable.
Projection: Second round

Bryce Petty- 6’3 230 lbs.
Notes: Surprising athleticism for his size. Understands when to alter velocity of pass. Accurate deep ball passer. Above average at buying time in the pocket. Biggest concern is that he may be a product of Baylor’s air-raid offense. Makes mistakes when first read is not open. Must learn to read defenses once he is in the NFL.
Projection: Late second round

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