Thoughts on each of Eagles 2017 draft picks

Round 1 Derrick Barnett:

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I really like this pick.

Although at the time I was hoping we selected Rueben Foster out of Alabama, I have come to the realization that this guy is special.

Being able to break Reggie Whites sack record at Tennessee is no simple task. I envision that he will be a double-digit sacker in Jim Schwartz defense for years.

Monster.

Round 2 Sydney Jones:

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Jones suffered a terrible Achilles’ tendon injury after his pro day and was subject to a major drop in mock drafts around the country.

This player should have been a top 15 pick in the NFL. That was the consensus around the league, and Howie Roseman echoed this sentiment.

He will be a starter when he’s ready to play in October.

Round 3 Rasul Douglas:

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Very intriguing player.

Douglas is 6’2 with 209 pounds and has incredibly long arm for his frame.

Physically gifted, Douglas will step in to compete for the starting outside cornerback spot with Patrick Robinson in training camp.

I really like this pick.

Round 4 Mack Hollis:

Mack Hollins

Hollis accumulated 81 passes for 1,667 yards and 20 touchdowns at the University of North Carolina and is expected to be a big contributor on special teams for the Eagles.

He has a big body and will learn a thing or two from Alshon Jeffery this upcoming season.

Oh, I forgot to mention that he has 4.5 speed.

This guy could be special if he works on his mechanics.

Round 4 Donnel Pumphrey:

Donnell Pumphrey

Small player at only 5’8 and 176 pounds, Pumphrey was ultra-productive in college at San Diego State.

He has the perfect mentor in Darren Sproles who will teach him what it takes to play in the NFL as an undersized back.

I don’t know if Pumphrey will contribute right away, but once again, a positive pickup for the Birds.

Round 5 Shelton Gibson:

Shelton Gibson

Averaged 22.1 yards-per-catch in 2016 and 24 yards-per-catch in 2015.

Gibson will look to be the deep threat the Eagles lost since Desean Jackson left the eagles in 2014.

Scouts say that he is the second best vertical receiver in the draft behind only John Ross out of Washington.

I absolutely LOVE this pick and think this kid will bring back those electric plays we were so used to in Philly.

Round 5 Nate Gerry:

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13 interceptions in the last three years as a safety.

I don’t expect him to contribute much at all his first year due to Malcom Jenkins and Rodney Mcleod having assured jobs at the safety positions.

Apparently, Jim Schwartz wants to convert him into an outside linebacker?

Maybe he can contribute on special teams?

Developmental player.

Round 7 Elijah Qualls:

Elijah-Qualls

BIG guy. At 6’1 and 313 pounds he has a lot of fat on his body.

His biggest weakness is that he has shorter arms and excess weight in his stomach.

Can be a bit lethargic at times, but hopefully he can learn from the GOAT Fletcher Cox.

Overall, I really like what the front office did with this draft, and I think we will have more than a couple contributors to the team for years to come.

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