Eagles Mailbag: What participant would get the worst response at decide 12?


Jalen Hurts is #1 on the depth chart, #1 in your applications, and #1 in your hearts. The primary draft month mailbag is right here! Let’s get to the questions…

@fritzosaurus: Why are folks not realizing Kwity Paye would be the decide if he’s accessible? He checks each single one among Howie’s bins. And Howie wouldn’t have traded again if hadn’t identified he might get his man. D-line. Excessive character. Athletic construct. Low manufacturing. “Smarter than everybody” transfer.

See, I believe if we’re going for the prototypical Howie Roseman transfer, it’s Miami’s Gregory Rousseau. I wouldn’t name “low manufacturing” a Howie hallmark. Take into consideration how typically we heard about Derek Barnett breaking Reggie White’s sack report at Tennessee regardless of his piss-poor athletic testing on the mix. They drafted Donnel Pumphrey, a man who finally by no means took a snap within the NFL, and he’s the all-time NCAA Division I FBS chief in speeding yards.

Rousseau sat out the 2020 season, so his inventory has tanked a bit, in order that’s the place the Howie “smartest man within the room” mentality comes pops up. “Individuals neglect in regards to the 2019 faculty season” is the brand new “different groups don’t keep up late to observe PAC-12 video games.” He’s younger for his class, as he simply turned 21 on April 5, very similar to Barnett was fairly younger for his draft class and remains to be by some means solely 24 (he turns 25 on June 25).

Going again to manufacturing, the man BALLED OUT at The U as a redshirt freshman in 2019, totaling 19.5 tackles for loss and a whopping 15.5 sacks.

It isn’t a very robust EDGE group this 12 months, but when we’re getting a typical Howie decide at 1-12, I believe it’d be Rousseau and I’d be okay with it (assuming each Alabama receivers are gone).

@3pointattempt: What participant would get the worst response if picked at 12 by the Eagles?

After that complete reply above, it truly could be Kwity Paye. I’m not shitting on him as a participant. I’m simply taking the temperature of town if he was picked. Right here’s to hoping some Brandon Graham comps would quiet down Eagles followers. Perhaps figuring out a bit about Paye’s unbelievable backstory would soften a few of these critiques too.

@FDingus2: How irrational will the fanbase be if the Eagles go on one among DeVonta Smith/Jaylen Waddle for a defensive participant?

Good query from loyal reader Frisky Dingus and it relates, once more, to each of the above questions.

Offense is enjoyable, proper? It’s horny. For an offense that has been caught within the mud for the final three seasons, followers have each proper to clamor for extra ability place expertise. Sure, the group has invested closely within the place within the final two drafts, utilizing a second-round decide on J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in 2019 and a first-round decide on Jalen Reagor in 2020, however neither supplied speedy outcomes. JJAW seems like he’s about to play himself out of the league and the jury remains to be out on Reagor.

Nonetheless, I might go receiver at 12 supplied one among DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle is there. These are the picks that might go over finest, however I’m undecided there’d be widespread panic in the event that they draft a nook. The franchise hasn’t had a legit younger, promising nook in almost twenty years. The pedigree of Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn, two dudes with Professional Bowl NFL fathers who carried out tremendously within the SEC, could be okay in most followers’ minds.

Caleb Farley could be met with groans, because the Virginia Tech CB is coming off again surgical procedure and should give folks Sidney Jones vibes within the harm division. Although I made my case why Rousseau could be a effective decide, I do assume any of the EDGE rushers could be an underwhelming return in followers’ eyes after a disastrous 4-11-1 season. Paye, Jaelan Phillips, and Azeez Ojulari merely don’t have the identify recognition and juice that might have followers amped (this isn’t to say they’d be unhealthy NFL gamers).

I want this was an excellent security draft. All of us love safeties, proper? I’ve grown to assume {that a} versatile security is the second-most vital place on protection apart from EDGE rushers. Trevon Moehrig could be a attain right here and a more-than-perfect second-round snag, however I can’t think about every other safeties’ names being known as too early in a few weeks.

@buchignani: How early would you be comfy with the Eagles drafting a middle and who’re a few of your favourite Day 2 and Day 3 prospects on the place?

I’m comfy taking a middle on Day 2. Hey, the group is one unhealthy snap away from Jason Kelce getting injured and the Eagles’ complete safety going awry. As we noticed this previous season with participant banged up all around the offensive line, the extra depth the higher. Nate Herbig might slide into a middle function ultimately and his versatility as a backup at each middle and guard is efficacious, however the group might view him solely as a bench piece.

Landon Dickerson out of Alabama could be a worthy choice within the second spherical. He has enjoying expertise throughout the road and initiatives as both a guard or middle on the subsequent stage. Can the Eagles lastly begin drafting Crimson Tide gamers? Double up within the first two rounds!

Ohio State’s Josh Myers and Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey may very well be in play within the third spherical. They each spent their collegiate careers enjoying middle, so I’m undecided they’d supply the flexibility to slip in at guard in a pinch. Even so, if the consistency and stability that Kelce has delivered to the group for a decade is that vital to the Eagles, an early funding within the middle spot could be smart so as to preserve that custom going.

@_________trash: If we draft Waddle, ought to he preserve 17? Did Alshon’s stint in Philly keep or diminish the shine?

How rapidly we neglect Alshon Jeffery’s contributions to a Tremendous Bowl-winning group! He had two touchdowns within the NFC Championship Sport and made one of many best catches these eyes have ever seen in Tremendous Bowl LII. It’s not his fault that Roseman provided him a huge contract.

#17 is obtainable at present on the roster, so it’d make for a clean uniform transition in Philly. Waddle wears it nicely and it will proceed within the nice custom of Harold Carmichael and Alshon earlier than him.

@Mikelennial: Which shall be extra worthwhile? Jalen Hurts #2 shirsey/jersey or Travis Fulgham one?

Love this query. Brandon Lee Gowton and Benjamin Solak did an excellent #JerseyNumberAnalytics pod for BGN Radio that dropped over the weekend that I extremely advocate listening to.

I’ll perpetually consider in Travis Fulgham (extra on him in a sec), nevertheless it’s unquestionably the #2 Hurts merch. I invested in a #2 Hurts shirsey final season and received my girlfriend a custom-made midnight inexperienced #2 jersey on the Professional Store after the Saints sport. Historical past will keep in mind us as OG followers who backed Hurts from Day 1. You can too discover #2 Hurts jerseys for 50 % off on Fanatics if you happen to’re a thrifty shopper (I grabbed one earlier within the week!).

Whether or not we’re speaking worthwhile from a sentimental perspective or the concept which you could flip it on eBay in 10 years, Hurts reaching stardom will make these #2 shirseys and jerseys that rather more prized.

@tom_e_boy19: Haven’t heard a lot about Travis Fulgham on this offseason, regardless if we draft a WR early within the draft or not, what do you consider his outlook for the season with this new teaching employees?

Once more, I’ll go to the grave defending Fulgham. Greater than anybody on the roster, he would possibly profit probably the most from this teaching employees overhaul. After that incredible stretch he had final season, Fulgham seemingly ended up within the doghouse. New head coach Nick Sirianni has a background as a large receivers coach. Can he maximize the model of Fulgham we briefly noticed in 2020?

Drafting a receiver might positive throw a wrench into Fulgham’s plan to get a beginning function, but when I’m calling the pictures, I’d nonetheless begin him even when the Eagles had been to take Smith or Waddle with the twelfth decide. Having a kind of two Alabama wideouts on the Z spot with Fulgham because the X receiver and Reagor within the slot would work. You may do quite a bit worse when it comes to the expertise you’re placing round Hurts.


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