Best Available Players and Fits for the Eagles on Day Three

After the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eagles still have quite a few positions and holes that need to be addressed. On day three the Eagles should be able to fill some of those holes, as they will have five selections on Saturday. They will also try to find some diamonds in the rough once the draft completes, as they will have room to sign 16 undrafted free agents.


The following is a list of players still available that could fit the Eagles system. Philadelphia can either draft them, or hope they become undrafted free agents and sign them to contracts.


Amik Robertson | CB | LA Tech | 5'9, 183 lbs | Jr.

Even though he did not work out at the Combine, Robertson garnered interest from NFL teams and is expected to be fully recovered from his sports hernia surgery in time to participate in his Pro Day, which means he will be fully healthy for OTAs. Robertson is an undersized guy at 5'9 183lbs, but is a ball hawk. He has 14 career interceptions, returning three of those to the house. He also has 36 pass defenses; 16 alone in 2019, tied for the most in the NCAA. The easy projection here would be the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu - whom he likened his style to.


Saahdiq Charles | OT | LSU | 6'4, 295 lbs | Jr.

Charles was the left tackle for the reigning NCAA Champion Tigers. The Eagles are ready to transition from Jason Peters to Andre Dillard at the position in 2020. That means the unproven Jordan Mailata is slated to be the backup left tackle (and he's also the backup right tackle right now too). So it wouldn't be surprising if the Eagles targeted a mid-late round tackle to try to develop into a quality backup or maybe even eventual starter. Charles fits that mold.


Antonio Gandy-Golden | WR | Liberty | 6'4, 223 lbs | Sr.

AGG is one of the most interesting prospects in this year's draft. In 45 collegiate games, he racked up an impressive 240 receptions for 3,814 yards and 33 touchdowns. He has the talent to become the next great "X" receiver in the NFL given his catch radius, and with Alshon Jeffery likely leaving soon AGG might be what all fans wanted J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to be.

James Lynch | DT | Baylor | 6'4, 295 lbs | Jr.

Lynch's 22.0 sacks are the most in Baylor's history, which is astonishing to think about given that he is an interior pass rusher. To go with all of those sacks, he also registered 101 tackles (33.5 for loss), seven passes defended, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three blocked kicks in just 38 games. Even though he put up great numbers in college, draft analysts don't really see a ton to get excited about when watching his film. The hope would be that his pass rush abilities stick with him at the next level, as the Eagles would love to add an interior pass rusher to their defensive line and pair with Fletcher Cox.


Akeem Davis-Gaither | LB | Appalachian State | 6'1, 224 lbs | Sr.

ADG is a solid linebacker prospect that has great tackling skills. He's not the ideal size for a linebacker nor does he have the needed football IQ at the position, but he can certainly still turn out to be a major contributor to an Eagles defense that desperately needs linebacker help. In 27 games with the Mountaineers, Davis-Gaither produced 201 tackles (24.0 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 15 passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble.


Leki Fotu | DT | Utah | 6'5, 337 lbs | Sr.

Fotu is a mammoth playing defensive tackle and has impressive explosion off the ball given the size. Fotu gets out-leveraged, but makes up for it with his lower and upper body strength. The Eagles are longing to have solid tackle play next to Fletcher Cox, but they have addressed that already with adding Javon Hargrave and will also be getting back Malik Jackson. They'll likely still be doing due diligence with most defensive tackles available in April's draft, and if Fotu falls in the draft they might pick him and give him time to develop and adjust to the professional game.


John Reid | DB | Penn State | 5'10, 187 lbs | Sr.

Reid is a local boy, as he was born in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and attended St. Joseph's Prep for high school. He finished his career at Penn State with 126 tackles (9.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, 37 passes defended, seven interceptions, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in 51 games. His best position at the next level might be as a nickel back or third safety, and the Eagles are desperately trying to find a reliable one of those. He does have some of the same undesirable traits that Jalen Mills has -- he gets duped on double moves and gets called for pass interference often. Even with the addition of Darius Slay, the Eagles need to address their defensive backs this offseason, so keeping an eye on Reid makes complete sense.

K'Von Wallace | S | Clemson | 5'11, 206 lbs | Sr.

In 59 games with the Tigers, Wallace was all over the field, registering 156 tackles (5.5 for loss), five interceptions, 2.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He is a project the Eagles want him to be a natural high safety, but if they want to use him as they did with Malcolm Jenkins (close to the line of scrimmage, blitzer, etc.) he would make immediate impacts for the team.


Donovan Peoples-Jones | WR | Michigan | 6'2, 212 lbs | Jr.

He has the size and hands to succeed at the next level, but his speed and strength will need to be worked on. Still, his frame would fill the void left by Alshon Jeffery if he is able to develop into a contributor in the NFL. In 37 games as a Wolverine, DPJ racked up 103 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also worked as a punt returner, fielding 89 punts for 743 yards and two touchdowns.


Nick Harris | C | Washington | 6'1, 302 lbs | Sr.

Jason Kelce.. is that you? An undersized, agile center only prospect much like Kelce coming out of the draft. Draft Harris on day three to learn and build behind Kelce over the first couple of seasons, and when Jason retires, plug and play with Harris.


Tyler Johnson | WR | Minnesota | 6'1, 206 lbs | Sr.

He won't be a burner or very elusive, but the guy will make the tough catches and can be a reliable option on 3rd down if you need to keep the chains moving. In 43 games, Johnson recorded 213 catches for 3,305 yards and 33 touchdowns. He owns Minnesota school records for career receiving yards, career 100-yard receiving games, and career receiving touchdowns.

Darnell Mooney | WR | Tulane | 5'10, 176 lbs | Sr.

Mooney played a prominent role in the Green Waves offense in his four-year tenure. In 49 collegiate games, he caught 151 balls for 2,529 yards and 19 touchdowns. His speed allows him to be a game-changing threat, but his unreliable hands are the reason why he will only be a late day three pick if that. He has a lot of work to do if he wants to make a 53-man roster.


Darnay Holmes | CB | UCLA | 5'10, 198 lbs | Jr.

Holmes was an honorable mention all-conference selection by Pac-12 coaches for his play in 2019. In 35 career games as a Bruin, he put together 121 tackles (3.0 for loss), eight interceptions (two pick-sixes), 28 passes defended, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries; he also added 878 kick return yards and took one kick return to the house. A solid tackler that doubles as a dynamic special teamer sounds like a dream player for the Birds. However, he does have trouble in the redzone and on double moves which might make him a little less desirable. He can play both outside corner and nickel, but he would likely excel in the slot in the pros.


Javaris Davis | DB | Auburn | 5'8, 183 lbs | Sr.

Football talent is in his bloodline, as he is the cousin of former NFL players Vernon and Vontae Davis. He played in 44 games as a Tiger, producing 150 tackles (11.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, eight interceptions (one pick-six), 27 passes defended, and one forced fumble. Davis will have the speed to keep up with some of the fastest receivers at the next level, but his size will undoubtedly make him a target for quarterbacks to throw at. Still, he has the skillset to become a solid pro cornerback.


Marshe Terry | S | Northern Illinois | 6'3, 212 lbs | Sr.

Terry has experience playing safety, linebacker, and cornerback at the collegiate level. After three years at UCONN, he transferred to Northern Illinois to strictly play safety to help his chances of getting playing time and potentially get drafted. In 32 total games at the two schools, Terry collected 134 tackles (5.5 for loss), three passes defended, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries. He'll likely be a wild card, especially with teams not getting to see him work out at his Pro Day or interview him in person. If he goes undrafted the Eagles should sign him for camp to see what he brings to the table since he could be a hybrid athlete.

Raequan Williams | DT | Michigan State | 6'4, 303 lbs | Sr.

Williams had a productive collegiate career and is hard for offensive linemen to toss out of the play. In 50 career games as a Spartan, he registered 160 tackles (29.0 for loss), 11.5 sacks, eight passes defended, and three forced fumbles. The Eagles don't have a need at defensive tackle this year, but they could look in the later rounds to try to develop a young prospect since Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson are going to be on the wrong side of 30 years old once the season concludes. Williams would fit this profile.


Quartney Davis | WR | Texas A&M | 6'2, 200 lbs | Jr.

Davis only played a role in Texas A&M's offense for two seasons, but he produced great numbers in those years. In 24 games, the Aggie grabbed 99 balls for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdowns. He gives off a bit of a Nelson Agholor vibe, as his route tree is excellent but he lacks consistent hands. He is projected by a few different analysts to be a decent slot receiver in the pros, and he would provide great value if he ends up being available for the Birds in the later rounds.


Giovanni Ricci | TE | Western Michigan | 6'3, 240 lbs | Sr.

TE3 is a sneaky need for the Eagles to address before training camp. It's useless to use a high draft pick on one, but Ricci could be a nice addition as an undrafted free agent signing. He recorded 98 catches in 46 games with the Broncos for 1,114 yards and 11 touchdowns. It would be a wide-open competition for the last tight end slot between Ricci and Josh Perkins or anyone else they bring in, but Ricci would have a decent shot of winning a roster spot in Philadelphia if he were to land here.


Aaron Fuller | WR | Washington | 5'11, 188 lbs | Sr.

Fuller was a constant target in the Huskies offense, catching 159 passes for 2,051 yards and 13 touchdowns in 54 games. He isn't a true home-run threat, but he can get separation from his defenders early in the route. However, if he has to compete for a ball, often he will lose the battle. Still, that's something that can be taught if he is selected by the Birds, and he'd have a decent shot of making the 53-man roster due to the lack of receiver depth on the team.

Artavis Pierce | RB | Oregon State | 5'11, 208 lbs | Sr.

The Eagles will likely have an open competition for the third and fourth running back slot, so it will need to be addressed either late in the draft or they would have to hope they find a diamond in the undrafted free agent field. Pierce has potential to be a diamond, he ran for 2,127 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.8 YPC. He also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield, fielding 74 catches for 578 yards and two touchdowns.


Michael Onwenu | G | Michigan | 6'3, 350 lbs | Sr.

Onwenu has the ability to play either guard position, but primarily played right guard at Michigan. After two seasons Matt Pryor still hasn't developed into a reliable backup to Brandon Brooks, so it might be time to move on from Pryor and invest a late-round pick on a guard who can be a competent backup to Brooks and Isaac Seumalo. Onwenu could be a decent candidate, but at 350lbs he is not as mobile as the Eagles would like from a potential guard. His lack of mobility would interfere with any screen plans in the offense.


Luke Juriga | IOL | Western Michigan | 6'4, 298 lbs | Sr.

Juriga started all 52 career games as a Bronco. He initially started out at right guard his first three seasons, but converted to center for his final campaign. Not much info is out on him, so he's a bit of a wildcard. Since he is versatile enough to play multiple positions on the offensive line, he might be a coveted late-round option or a priority undrafted signing.


Broderick Washington | DT | Texas Tech | 6'2, 305 lbs | Sr.

In 43 games as a Red Raider, Washington put together 134 tackles (14.0 for loss), 7.5 sacks, two passes defended, and one fumble recovery. The Eagles are already loaded at defensive tackle in 2020, but Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson will soon be on downward trends. It wouldn't be out of the question for Howie Roseman to use a mid-round pick on a potential long-term option on the d-line. Washington has upside as both a pass rusher and a run stuffer.

Kenny Willekes | DE | Michigan State | 6'4, 260 lbs | Sr.

Willekes is the Spartan's all-time leader in tackles for loss (51.0) and is 3rd all-time in sacks (26.0). The former walk-on has a high motor and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He still has a lot of work to do to transition at the next level, so he is a risky pick but has a chance to be an excellent payout for whoever drafts him.


Luqman Barcoo | CB | SDSU | 6'1, 175 lbs | Sr.

In just 24 games as an Aztec, Barcoo was extremely productive with 75 tackles (5.0 for loss), 10 interceptions, 30 passes defended, and 0.5 sacks. Those interception numbers show just how great his hands are and that he has some potential to become a ballhawk at the next level. He still has to polish a lot of his game, but he would be an interesting day three selection for the Birds, who haven't had a ballhawk cornerback since Asante Samuel.


Nick Bowers | TE | Penn State | 6'4, 260 lbs | Sr.

The Eagles seem keen on adding a tight end from this draft class to address the hole at TE3, whether it be in the last rounds of the draft or grabbing a few priority undrafted free agents --- Bowers fits that mold. In 26 games with the Nittany Lions, Bowers produced 17 receptions for 279 yards and five touchdowns.


Chris Rowland | WR | Tennessee State | 5'8, 180 lbs | Sr.

Rowland was a dynamic threat for the Tigers, contributing in the receiving game, running game, and return game. In 40 collegiate games, he put together 194 receptions, 2,578 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns, 55 rushes, 319 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 120 total kick/punt returns, 2,232 return yards, and two return touchdowns. With his height, he will have an uphill battle to win a spot on a 53-man roster, but anything can happen if he can impress with his return skills.

Shaun Bradley | LB | Temple | 6'1, 230 lbs | Sr.

The Mount Holly, New Jersey native was a consistent contributor once he settled into his role on the Owls defense. In 50 total games at Temple, Bradley produced 256 tackles (22.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, three interceptions, eight passes defended, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. His above-average coverage skills and excellent special teams play might get the Eagles interested in him enough to draft him.


Derrek Tuszka | DE | North Dakota State | 6'4, 251 lbs | Sr.

Tuszka played 53 games for the Bison, and in those games he collected a total of 133 tackles (42.0 for loss), 29.5 sacks, six passes defended, and three forced fumbles. He played his best in the playoffs, totaling 35 tackles with 12.0 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 14 playoff games. His excellent production in college will certainly allow him to be drafted and have a decent shot at making a 53-man roster. The Eagles love to rotate their defensive ends, so it is possible that they end up selecting a defensive end late in the draft to fill their depth at the position.

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