The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory wasn’t a flash in the pan, and there is a very real possibility that the team could be even better next year. Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks and Sidney Jones — by returning from serious injuries — will make the Eagles much more formidable, and the only key players they may lose are LeGarrette Blount, Nigel Bradham and Patrick Robinson, all of whom the Eagles have prepared to lose.
Still, Doug Pederson’s offense could always explore another threat at running back, and finding another linebacker could be a priority. The Eagles can pick the best player available (almost) regardless of position, since there simply aren’t a lot of holes on this roster. That’s also a good thing, because they pick once at No. 32, and then not again until No. 133.
Round 1, pick 32: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
I’m not saying running back is the Eagles’ biggest need, but with LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles looking to leave via free agency and Jay Ajayi playing with one year left on his deal and some injuries in his past, an all-around threat like Michel will be really tough to pass up.
Michel could be the feature back and split carries with Ajayi this season, while allowing Corey Clement to stay in a role as a third running back that best suits him. Few teams use their backs like Pederson, and having three good ones is important for this offense, especially when one is a threat as explosive as Michel.
Round 4, pick 133: Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
The Eagles took a chance on an injured Sidney Jones last year, and Cichy will be a long time removed from his torn ACL in August of 2017. Barring a poor medical report at the combine, there should be no reason Cichy won’t be ready to suit up in Week 1 for the Eagles, perhaps as a starter depending on what happens with Nigel Bradham in free agency.
Round 4, pick 134: Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, UCONN
Fatukasi is big, talented and surprisingly well-rounded in his game. He needs to become more advanced in his skill set as a pass rusher, but he’ll be a backup in Philadelphia, playing sparingly as a depth piece early in his career, so the situation is perfect.
Round 5, pick 158: Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
Teller’s play reportedly dropped off in 2017, but there is a lot of talent for the right team to uncover at the next level. The Eagles have done a terrific job maximizing the abilities on their offensive line, and Teller would be in good hands with the offensive staff in Philly.
Round 5, pick 171: Dominick Sanders, S, Georgia
Sanders has some ugly moments on tape, but the ability and range are there for him to develop into a solid NFL player. He needs coaching to play the game smarter, but at this range in the draft, take a chance on the upside.
Round 6, pick 209: Jordan Akins, TE, UCF
The Eagles may lose Trey Burton, and Pederson loves to have a full arsenal at every skill position group in his offense. Akins is 26 and not super-polished, but he is a very good athlete with strong hands who has the ability to be a terrific situational flex option in an offense that will surround him with talent.