Saturday, May 02, 2015

Philadelphia Eagles 2015 NFL Draft Review

Utah DB Eric Rowe
1 (20) - Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern Cal; 2 (47) - Eric Rowe, CB/2, Utah; 3 (84) - Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas; 6 (191) - JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas; 6 (196) - Randall Evans, CB, Kansas State; 7 (237) - Brian Milhalik, DE, Boston College

Top Picks Analysis: Chip Kelly couldn't pull off a trade for the apple of his eye, Marcus Mariota, but he did get a pair of immediate starters in Southern Cal receiver Nelson Agholor and rangy Utah cornerback Eric Rowe.

Agholor is a Jeremy Maclin clone, absent the eight-figure price tag. He's a really precise route runner, something that is nearly extinct in college receivers these days, with the ability to play inside or outside the numbers.

Rowe is versatile, having played three seasons at safety before shifting to corner, and has the length that is en vogue now for CBs in this league. He should be a Day 1 starter opposite Byron Maxwell.

"He's a top-50 pick all day long," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said of the Birds' new DB. "Rowe can match up on the outside with the big receivers in the NFL."

Best Value Pick: Rowe was a bridge prospect and could have gone late in the first round so trading to secure him at No. 47 overall was the one standout move in Kelly's first stand-alone draft.

Questionable Calls: The third day is generally when great organizations separate themselves and it was an issue.

A run of offensive lineman in the fourth round caused the Eagles to trade out of their spot at No. 113 and acquire a third-round pick in 2016. Sounds good on the surface if you are looking long term but Pitt's T.J. Clemmings, who went No. 110 to Minnesota, or Florida's Tre' Jackson (No. 111 to New England) could have helped right now.

Meanwhile, seventh-round defensive end Brian Milhalik was not even close to being a draftable commodity. At 6-foot-9, he's got length and little else.

The biggest reach, however, came on Day 2 with third-round linebacker Jordan Hicks, a player who shows little feel for the game and was regarded by most scouts as a Round 4 or 5 talent.

Summary: If you believe Kelly is in over his head when it comes to personnel, this performance isn't going to change your mind. The only real value pick was Rowe with every other selection, including Agholor, going a little higher than they probably should have.

FINAL GRADE: C
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