Best Available Players and Fits for the Eagles on Day Two
With the Eagles (in my opinion bad) pick in the first round being Jalen Reagor, they look like they aren’t done selecting wide receivers in this year's draft. However, it isn’t like the Eagles to go back-to-back in the same position too often, but there is a desperate need at the wide position this year. They also need help in the secondary as well as at linebacker. Let’s throw out some interesting ideas for available players the Eagles could target on day two.
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Mims, in my opinion, is the best receiver available on day two and should be the guy to get if the Eagles have the opportunity. I know I just said the other day not to draft him on day one, but day 2 is a different story. Getting him later puts less risk for the Eagles and isn’t as much of a hit if he isn’t what he seems to be. He has great speed and good size. However, he has average/below average route-running abilities and also seems to be a little timid, which will need to change if he wants to survive in Philadelphia. We do not need a head case like we had with Nelson Agholor, but this guy could have the upside of being like a Terrell Owens-type of player. If he is available, the Eagles would be doing Carson Wentz, the team and the fans a disservice if they overlook him.
Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
The Eagles would need to trade up, but I see Diggs as the best corner still available in the draft. He has so much upside, and can be a great addition to our secondary and would be scary opposite of Darrius “Big Play” Slay. He does struggle some with quicker receivers, but he has good size and great ball skills. A trade up would be well worth the payoff of having Stefon Diggs' little brother, who could be a solid corner for years to come.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado
In the words of Jon Gruden, “Now here’s a guy…” that has what the Eagles need -- good size, good movement, and fights for yards. He's not the quickest receiver available, but he is by no means slow and could be a great weapon for Carson Wentz to throw to. Shenault has a lot of upside because back when he was in Colorado, he was able to overpower a lot of corners on jump balls and just make plays happen when no play is really there. He would be the perfect replacement for Alshon Jeffery, and would make an impact on this squad that is desperately needed.
Markus Bailey, ILB, Purdue
This linebacker would be a welcome addition to the Eagles because he does the one thing that Eagles linebackers had trouble with last year and that is TACKLING. He is excellent at wrapping guys up and getting them down, and is also effective at stopping the run from the linebacker position. He would be a perfect third-round pick and would give the Eagles a possible replacement for Nigel Bradham's absence.
Logan Stenberg, OG, Kentucky
The Eagles do need to get another backup lineman who may be able to replace Jason Kelce or Isaac Seumalo if he kicks to center in the future. Stenberg is a very strong run blocker on the inside and can really move guys out of the way in a hurry. The only issue he has is he needs to improve on pass blocking, which he would have time to and can learn from one of the best in Kelce. This could be a pick just to get more depth or a future starter.
Logan Wilson, ILB, Wyoming
The Birds really appear to love this tackling machine, and he has been skyrocketing up experts' big boards the past few weeks. Originally expected to be a day three pick, he's now expected to go somewhere in the 2nd round. Like Markus Bailey, Wilson would be able to step in as a starter immediately.
K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Screw it, why not just try to put together the fastest receiver core in the NFL? Teaming Hamler up potentially with Jalen Reagor and DeSean Jackson would mean there will be a deep threat available to be on the field every...single...play. It would allow Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert plenty of room in between the hash marks to help keep the chains moving constantly on offense. He'd also be reunited with his former Penn State teammate and friend Miles Sanders, so the locker room atmosphere and offensive chemistry would improve overall.
This all could change at any moment with one trade up or trade down, and the Eagles could shock everyone like they did on Thursday night by selecting someone that fans never thought they would. Whatever they do, they better get someone that will help this team sooner rather than later.