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:
|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|
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.