2(49) - Dallas Goedert [TE; South Dakota State]
4(125) - Avonte Maddox [CB; Pittsburgh]
4(130) - Josh Sweat [EDGE; Florida State]
6(206) - Matt Pryor [OT; TCU]
7(233) - Jordan Mailata [OT; Australia]
Going into the draft with their 2nd pick going to the Browns as part of the Carson Wentz trade and their 3rd round pick going to the Bills as part of the Ronald Darby trade, it seemed that the Eagles who had only one pick in the first 120 picks were set to trade down from their first round pick. After trading down from their first and picking up a 2019 2nd round pick from the Ravens, they shocked the Cowboys crowd by jumping ahead of Dallas to grab Dallas Goedert. Goedert came into the draft process with quite a bit of hype and some comparisons made to Rob Gronkowski, but his Combine wasn't as good as some had hoped but to grab the guy that most viewed the Cowboys poised to select is a satisfying feeling for Eagles fans. That's not to take away from the Goedert selection whose a really good TE prospect in his own right. It might not be a huge need right now, but they can develop him as their future starting TE. With their second pick, they took a small corner in Avonte Maddox. I don't hate this selection, but I'm not a huge fan of taking shorter corners. I think he's limited to the slot, which I think fits his skillset well. The value on Josh Sweat is great even if the medical red flags probably took him off several team boards. If the Eagles can get 3-4 good years out of him off of his rookie contract, that's considered a huge success and then let someone else pay him the big bucks when those knees give out. Matt Pryor is a solid gamble this late in the draft, but his motivation issues and his struggles to find a consistent playing weight loom large. In terms of adding depth, there's worse additions to make. Don't have any real feelings on Jordan Mailata as he's a rugby player with no experience playing football. This late in the draft, you're drafting your priority UDFA which means they probably didn't have a draftable grade on him. Overall, the Eagles draft was pretty bland but that's to be expected when you only have one pick in the top 120 picks. That limits what the Eagles are able to do in terms of maneuvering around the draft. For what they had, they accomplished it well enough and wouldn't trade any of those picks they dealt away as they became Super Bowl champs because of it.
Best Value Pick: Josh Sweat [EDGE; Florida State] Worst Value Pick: Avonte Maddox Grade: C