The defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles currently have just one pick in the first three rounds, and that pick comes at No. 32 overall. Their remaining picks are 130, 132, 169, 206 and 250. Before I get into what I see as the team’s draft needs from a Fantasy Football perspective, I truly believe that Roseman will deal away pick 32 into multiple Day 2 draft picks. There is a clear value in pick 32 as first-round picks sign a contract with a fifth-year option – meaning teams can control those players for up to five years. I believe that Roseman will target teams with early Day 2 picks (CLE, IND, DEN) should a player slide (they always do) that they covet.
Should Howie not find an amiable dance partner and stay put at 32 then I turn to the experts at NFL.com
- MAYOCK – DERRIUS GUICE
- JEREMIAH – COURTLAND SUTTON
- BROOKS – MIKE McGlinchey
- DAVIS – COURTLAND SUTTON
- CASSERLY – TRADE WITH THE BROWNS WHO SELECT SONY MICHEL
- M.J.D. – TRADE WITH THE BROWNS WHO SELECT LAMAR JACKSON
Save for Mike McGlinchey (who I would personally like to see them draft should he fall that far) there is some Fantasy Firepower being mocked at 32. Guice would be a major addition to an Eagles backfield that already includes Jay Ajayiand Corey Clement. We saw how that played out last year when LeGarrette Blount was the third head of that Cerberus. Guice would likely separate himself rather quickly but it would still make for muddy waters in 2018, and we know that RB value is best had early on in their career.
Wasting even a season of potential top end fantasy production would be to the detriment of Guice’s fantasy value. Next is Courtland Sutton who was mocked to the Eagles by both Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis (whose opinions I respect very much). I see WR being a sneaky draft need of the Eagles with Mike Wallace on a one year deal and only Mack Hollins as depth. Why not grab the receiver that is the best in the class and give Wentz another big target to throw it up to.
Now onto the mock trades with Cleveland. The Browns have the picks necessary, specifically 33 and 64, to facilitate a trade back into round one and secure that fifth-year option which is important to a team like the Browns who have historically had to overpay to retain or acquire talent.
Casserly sees the Browns getting back into Round 1 after taking Sam Darnold and Bradley Chubb at picks 1 and 4 respectively and landing a personal favorite of mine in Sony Michel. Recent reports of a bone on bone knee condition might have derailed his hype train a bit, but the RB position appears to be viewed as a one contract commodity in today’s NFL anyway so take a shot on a 3 down talent like Michel and let him make Hyde expendable in 2019.
Maurice Jones-Drew sees the Browns selecting Saquon Barkley (of course he does) and Bradley Chubb with picks 1 and 4 then stopping what some may or may not consider a free fall for Lamar Jackson.
I have to admit I would be extremely interested in the 2019 Cleveland Browns with the following skill position players on their roster:
QB – Lamar Jackson
RB Saquon Barkley
WR – Josh Gordon & Jarvis Landry
TE David Njoku
Experts and reality aside I am going to make a fantasy draft pick for each of the Eagles current selections keeping the players projected draft value in mind.
Dallas Goedert – TE, South Dakota State
The Eagles have precious little established depth (sorry Richard Rodgers) behind Zach Ertz, and TE is an important piece of this offense.
Ian Thomas – TE, Indiana
Should the Eagles not land Goedert at 32 then Thomas would be a tremendous consolation prize. Full disclosure recent draft hype likely has him off the board well before this pick.
Jaylen Samuels – Swiss Army Knife, NC State would also work nicely in an innovative offense like Philadelphia.
John Kelly – RB, Tennessee
This is as much team fit as a draft crush. Kelly is one of the pass pure pass-catching running backs in this draft and can contribute in the run game as well. As an Eagles and Kelly fan, I would be ecstatic if they landed Kelly here.
Richie James – WR, Middle Tennessee State
Undersized (5’10, 183) and ultra-productive. The Eagles had a plan in place for another diminutive space player in Darren Sproles (5’6, 190) and it would be interesting to see how they could scheme James open as well.
Antonio Callaway – WR, Florida
The Eagles have taken chances on players with a checkered past before, and if this kid gets his sh!t together, he could be the best WR in this draft.
Allen Lazard – WR, Iowa State
Jordan Lasley – WR, UCLA
Jaleel Scott – WR, New Mexico State
Throwing darts so why no throw them at wide receiver this late.
If one of these Dynasty Destination draft picks lands for my Philadelphia Eagles, I will consider it an epic win, but the Eagles are likely going to bolster their offensive line and address multiple positions on defense including linebacker and safety.