Philadelphia Eagles: 2020 NFL Draft Needs
2020 NFL Draft Needs for the Philadelphia Eagles
April 23rd - April 25th
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The Philadelphia Eagles were the NFC East champions at 9-7 in 2019, and although they made the postseason for the third straight year, they will most likely view this season as a disappointment after being bounced in the first round. The team has some question marks going forward, especially when it comes to the health of their franchise QB Carson Wentz.
The Eagles own a pick in every round except the 7th round. Their 5th and 6th round picks are undecided because of an unknown performance metric under RB Jordan Howard. They will draft 21st overall in the first round.
The Eagles defense was inconsistent at best this season, as at some points it excelled, and in others, it suffered. The Eagles had the 15th ranked defense in terms of points given up per game. As for the rushing defense, it played very well, ranked 3rd in the league in yards allowed per contest, only behind the Buccaneers and Jets. The passing defense struggled this season, and even though it was only ranked a modest 19th in the league, it was apparent that the Philly secondary was susceptible and very beatable. The Eagles will most definitely look to the draft for aid in the secondary, and possible candidates could be CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama) in the first round, or A.J. Terrell (Clemson) in the second round.
The Eagles offense was fine, but just not as successful as it could have been, especially compared to seasons prior. The Eagles scored the 12th most points per game, yet less than their rival and runner-up Cowboys. The passing game led by Wentz was ranked 11th in the league in yards per game. It was evident that the Eagle’s lack of weapons, specifically at the wide receiver position, made them one dimensional in their passing game. Tight Ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert played well and enjoyed solid target numbers. WR Nelson Agholor struggled badly, dropping many passes in key moments. The wide receiver position is something the Eagles will be sure to look at in the 2020 NFL Draft, and WR Henry Ruggs (Alabama) may be the perfect fit in Philly in the first round. The Eagles were ranked 11th in the league in rushing, with RB Miles Sanders earning the starting job late in the season. It was a running back carousel in Philadelphia, as the Eagles tried to find their guy for most of the season.
The Eagles should take the best available and least volatile wide receiver or safety/cornerback/EDGE in the draft for the first three rounds. Their offensive line could use some help, but nothing that free agency could not solve. The main goal for Philly is to get healthy, as injuries really hurt them in their NFC Wild Card game vs Seattle. If healthy, this team will challenge Dallas yet again for the division title.
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AUTHOR: Ron Romanelli
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