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Philadelphia Eagles 2020 Draft Picks Overview
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Philadelphia Eagles Offense
by Rich Hribar
2019 Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Ranks
*denotes new addition
Carson Wentz is in the heart of a contract extension that runs through the 2024 season. The Eagles have a potential out year after 2022, but Wentz is their immediate and long term future at the position, turning 28-years-old this December. The Eagles brought back Nate Sudfeld to back him up on a one-year deal.
The Eagles selected Miles Sanders in the second round (53rd overall) last season. Sanders immediately paid off, posting a franchise rookie record with 1,327 yards from scrimmage. Sanders averaged 18.5 touches for 95.4 yards per game over the final eight games of the season while playing 72% of the snaps. He also added 50 receptions for 509 yards (10.2 Y/R) in the passing game.
Behind him, the Eagles have Boston Scott in an ancillary role, but he is only under contract through the 2020 season. Philadelphia should be looking to add a bigger body to alleviate some of the grunt work for Sanders (211 pounds) and Scott (203 pounds) while insulating themselves for Scott’s expiring contract.
The Philadelphia receiving corps was oft-injured in 2019, getting just three games out of DeSean Jackson and 10 games from Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery enters 2020 at age-30 with two years remaining on his contract and a hefty $26.1M dead cap hit for this upcoming season. Jackson is 33-years-old and hasn’t played a full season since 2013.
A year ago, the team used a second-round pick (57 overall) to select J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Despite the injuries to the depth chart, Arcega-Whiteside never grasped the offense, catching just 10-of-22 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown. He was outplayed by undrafted rookie Greg Ward, who was a converted quarterback coming out of college. Ward became the de facto lead wide receiver down the stretch of 2019, but was averaged just 9.1 yards per catch and 6.4 yards per target.
The team also let Nelson Agholor leave via free agency, who was fourth on the team with 69 targets a year ago. That’s a spot Ward could compete for. With both Jackson and Jeffery on the wrong side of the age apex and Arcega-Whiteside still with a lot to prove, the team has been oft-rumored to be in the hunt for a wide receiver early in the draft once again.
Zach Ertz (135) and Dallas Goedert (87) ranked first and second on the team in targets in 2019. That speaks to the injuries the Eagles had a wide receiver, but also to the luxury that they have two tight ends capable of taking on that much usage. The team ran 12 personnel a league-high 54% of their offensive snaps. Both players are under contract through 2021 with Goedert on his rookie deal, leaving tight end as a low priority.
LT: Andre Dillard
LG: Isaac Seumalo/Iosua Opeta
C: Jason Kelce/Nate Herbig/ Keegan Render
RG: Brandon Brooks/Matt Pryor
RT: Lane Johnson/ Jordan Mailata
The big shakeup for the Eagles this season is elevating last year’s first-round pick (22nd overall), Andre Dillard, to starting left tackle after declining to bring Jason Peters back. Dillard played 336 snaps as a rookie, allowing 25 hurries on 170 snaps in pass protection compared to 21 allowed by Peters on 527 snaps in protection per Pro Football Focus. The rest of the starts are returning, with Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Jason Kelce, and Isaac Seumalo all locked up for through the 2021 season or beyond.
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
by Dan Pizzuta
2019 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Ranks
interior defensive line
Putting Javon Hargrave next to Fletcher Cox is unfair and will give nightmares to opposing guards and centers. Malik Jackson got into just one game last season but will now serve as a rotational piece, which still means the Eagles will lose little pass rush ability when either Cox or Hargrave comes off the field.
The Eagles also have one of the deepest edge rotations, even with the loss of Vinny Curry, who led the team in pressure rate with a rotational role. Last season, Graham and Barnett took most of the defensive snaps (76% and 68%, respectively) and that will likely continue in 2020. Josh Sweat’s role will increase and he was the second-most productive edge rusher on the team by pressure rate last season. Genard Avery could also see a bigger role after a midseason trade from Cleveland.
Nate Gerry is fine in the middle of the defense but this is one place the Eagles could use an upgrade. They cut loose L.J. Fort early last season and he’d be the team’s best linebacker if on the roster. Philadelphia’s addition to the group was a reserve linebacker from a team that barely played linebackers to begin with. While this is a position that could use a boost, it’s also not one the Eagles have shown to value all that highly.
Entering the offseason, this was the weakest spot on the Eagles’ roster but that made a concerted effort to fix that. They traded for Darius Slay, which gives them a true No.1 corner they haven’t had in years (Ronald Darby was one of the league’s worst corners in Adjusted Yards allowed per coverage snap) and the signing of Nickell Robey-Coleman to man the slot was one of the best deals of the offseason. There’s still a question about the second outside corner but there are a few bodies for that competition. It still wouldn’t be surprising to see another body added on Day 3 of the draft.
The loss of Malcolm Jenkins will hurt. He was one of the best players on the defense and was on the field for 99% of the defensive snaps in 2019. Converted corner Jalen Mills could be in line to potentially start next to Rodney McLeod, but there’s a reason Mills is converting from a position he struggled to play. This could be a sneaky place the Eagles target within the first three rounds.