My Top 10 Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Week Observations
I love the NFL Draft and every year the anticipation seems to get larger. It certainly helps that the Eagles are one of the elite NFL franchises and have a chance to build a run of seasons with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. These are some of my random observations as we count down to the Draft.
1. A lot of locals that comment on the NFL Draft don’t watch much college football
The more I observe interactions on a lot of the college talent, even from premium programs, I can tell that the fan hasn’t watched a lot of college football. I hear a lot of analyst talking points regurgitated as if they were original thought. This is one of the best NFL fan bases in the country but it’s clear that Saturdays must be being used for other things.
2. Best player available in the NFL Draft is never a bad strategy over drafting for need
I would be very happy with the Eagles going with the best player available strategy. I don’t see a lot of desperate need.
3. Howie Roseman still has a very poor record of first round NFL Draft picks
Yes, DeVonta Smith was a fine selection. Truth is that the vast majority of the first round picks in the past decade have not been good or the selection has not been impactful.
4. Why not build up the Eagles offense into a juggernaut?
I’d be fine if 2 of the first 3 picks in this years Draft were on the offensive side and skill position players. Why not make the offense even more stout and out score people while the defense grows and evolves?
5. Will Fletcher Cox deal end up being a mistake for the 2023 Eagles?
I’m wondering if this is a question that we will be asking during the season. I wasn’t a supporter of bring back Cox, especially after bring back Brandon Graham. Leadership is important, but that $10M meant they couldn’t or wouldn’t pay CJ Gardner Johnson.
6. I’m expecting a cornerback to be added despite bringing back Slay and Bradberry
In the first 3 rounds the Eagles will draft a cornerback to be groomed under the veterans and provide athletic depth
7. How will the Eagles address beefing up the linebacker position?
I’m confused as to their lack of attention to the position. A veteran after the draft may be the answer.
8. The Eagles will not draft at 10 and 30
I do not believe that the Eagles will draft at 10, I expect movement up a few spots or back a bit. I also believe they will trade out of 30 and into the early part of Round 2.
9. Why not draft the running back of your dreams?
Bijan Robinson would be a huge addition to the roster. I roll my eyes at anyone who believes that it would be a bad idea. I just can’t use the 10th pick on him. Trade back a bit, grab some additional picks and I would love it.
10. I don’t see a trade for a player like Derrick Henry
There isn’t a reason to pay to bring in a $10M plus high mileage running back and give him a new contract. Grab a low mileage cheap model.
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We Simulated the Eagles Draft 1000 Times, Here are the Results
Last year, out of both boredom and the lack of a thriving social life, I simulated the Eagles draft 1000 times. Turns out that in the past calendar year, not much has changed. I am still a huge draft geek, and I still have way too much time on my hands. So I did it again. Using mock draft simulators, I ran the draft 1000 times, to see who the computer had the Eagles draft.
Last year the results were surprisingly accurate. It could not have predicted they would trade their second first-round pick for AJ Brown. But between the two picks, Jordan Davis was the most common player selected. Davis led all players, getting selected 329 total times. 252 at pick 15, and 76 at pick 18. The Eagles ended up trading up to 13 to take him. Nakobe Dean was selected 195 total times, the 4th most of any player. He ended up falling to the Eagles in the 3rd round.
This year, I changed it up a little and used 3 different draft simulators. Last year I ran all 1000 simulations through Pro Football Focus’s mock draft tool. This year I used that again, but also Pro Football Network, and ESPN’s new draft tool. Doing 333 on each, and then one extra on Pro Football Network to get an even 1000.
It is important to note these are not my picks. I simulated the first round, letting the computer make each pick. My only part in it was keeping track of the results. Two of the three sites did not simulate trades. Will the simulations be as accurate as they were last year? Let’s see what the results were.