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Crabbs | Philadelphia Eagles draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Philadelphia Eagles.

The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:

Selection Position Player School
14 EDGE Derek Barnett Tennessee
43 CB Sidney Jones Washington
99 CB Rasul Douglas West Virginia
118 WR Mack Hollins North Carolina
132 RB Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State
166 WR Shelton Gibson West Virginia
184 SAF Nate Gerry Nebraska
214 DT Elijah Qualls Washington


Best value: Cornerback Sidney Jones, Washington

A torn Achilles makes Jones’ return to action a big question. Furthermore, it’s not evident how well the Washington product will be able to be able to perform after surgery in the short and long term. But if Jones is anything close to what he was prior to the injury, the Eagles landed a steal in the second round.

Jones was my top rated Cornerback prior to the draft. He has a strong grasp of route concepts, shows high end foot quickness and ball skills. The Eagles’ defensive scheme will allow Jones to showcase his ability in a number of ways.

There’s ability present for Jones to play up at the line or off in space.

Worst value: Wide Receiver Mack Hollins, North Carolina

Hollis is a special teams ace that should have no trouble carving out a role for himself with the Eagles. The 6’4 receiver has good long speed and was a notable piece of the passing game with the Tar Heels as well. But Hollins’ skills are fairly one dimensional and his speed has some build to it.

I’m consistently left wanting more from Hollins on anything other than go routes; I think he’s a player with the ability to be a staple on the special teams units and get some rotational snaps at receiver. But Hollins’ game didn’t warrant a top 120 selection in my eyes.

Could surprise: Wide Receiver Shelton Gibson, West Virginia

Gibson was one of the best deep ball options in this year’s draft. Play him forward and he’s going to win a lot of vertical routes. And, unlike Hollins, Gibson comes with twitch and was a player the Eagles landed 48 spots later in the draft. As a role player and potential big play receiver, Gibson has some upside.

I would expect Gibson to not only make the team but have some splash plays if he’s allotted reps. He has the pure burner speed to really open up the defensive backfield.

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Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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  1. Tyson B

    May 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm


    It Feels like I’ve been waiting for this forever, I’ve been eagerly anticipating to see/hear your thoughts about the Eagles draft…

    Just like many other Eagles fans — I was initially underwhelmed with the Derek Barnett Pick at 14, but have grown to love the player and think he will be a great fit on our Defensive line, rotating with Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Vinny Curry, Marcus smith and either Alex Mcallister/steven means.

    Love the value of Sidney Jones in the 2nd rd, Rasul Douglas was one of my favorite mid rd corners for our system. Didn’t love the pick of Mack Hollins in the 4th rd either, but it seems like a pick that will; a)make one of our under acheiving WR’s expendable b)add some speed to our WR corps and c) fortify Dave Fipps strong special teams unit.

    Anyways keep up the great work, I’ve supported you since day 1, look forward to buying your scouting reports every year…very happy to see you expanding your brand with the NDT scouting site, and really respect and appreciate all the extensive research and content you provide for us Football junkies all year round.

    Fly Eagles Fly

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