May. 04, 2019
Recap of 2019 Eagles draft class
Last weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles welcomed five new draft picks to the roster. So the Eagles already have their full 2019 draft class locked in. So here are my thoughts on all five selections.
OT Andre Dillard, first round – The Eagles knew they needed a replacement at tackle to replace the aging and future Hall Of Famer Jason Peters. They traded up 3 spots to grab the best offensive tackle available, which was one of the biggest steals in the 2019 draft according to many experts from NFL Network.
RB Miles Sanders, second round – No surprise here, many Eagles fans wanted the team to draft all along. The Penn State product will be a third down back and could potentially be the future starter if they let Jordan Howard walk in free agency.
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, second round – Another Pac-12 product, he is Alshon Jeffrey's clone who can flat out jump like a power forward in basketball. Many draft scouts compared him to Alshon Jeffrey which means he is obviously a good fit and will help the Eagles' cap situation down the road.
DE Shareef Miller, third round – Another Penn State product, he will contribute to the Eagles' pass rush rotation as he processes his game.
QB Clayton Thorson, fifth round – The Northwestern star is a developmental quarterback who will potentially take over as Carson Wentz's main backup in 2020. Remember, Nate Sudfield is set to become a free agent after this season and there is no guarantee he will be back.
Overall, I give this draft class a A- because they traded up to get their franchise left tackle in Andre Dillard. GM Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson continued to build up the offense by adding Miles Sanders and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. They later added a rotational pass rusher and a developmental quarterback, ending what was a high-impact three-day haul.