Updated: Apr 30, 2019
We are half way through football season, and the Eagles have had a lot of ups and downs so far. Even though the team has a fairly good chance at making the playoffs and going on the run, we are still peaking at the 2019 NFL Draft. The Eagles sent their scouts to quite a few college games and team practices in August and September. Now we are gonna take a glance at where they were in October, and who they possibly had their eyes on.
Ohio State vs. Indiana – October 6th
Ohio State: Dre'Mont Jones | DT | 6’3, 286 lbs| Jr.
If he chooses to come out early, Jones will likely be an early-round pick. The Eagles could use help at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox the only known part of the future at the position.
Ohio State: Parris Campbell | WR | 6’1, 208 lbs| Sr.
Campbell is a player exactly like Nelson Agholor - you want to get the ball in his hand as soon as possible so he can use his speed to break a big play. If Agholor walks in Free Agency, Campbell can be a legitimate replacement who steps right into Agholor's role. He could also be the team's future at kick returner and punt returner.
Ohio State: Damon Arnette | CB | 6’0, 195 lbs| Jr.
Has the size and speed to be a good cornerback in the NFL. Ronald Darby is in his last year of his contract, and the team will need to add a cornerback to keep its depth at the position. Arnette could be in play for the Eagles if he declares early for the draft.
Ohio State: Michael Jordan | OL | 6’7, 312 lbs| Jr.
Jordan could play the guard or center position in the NFL. If he declares for the draft, his versatility could make him a likely target for an Eagles team that lacks good offensive line depth.
Ohio State: Kendall Sheffield | CB | 6’0, 193 lbs| Jr.
If he declares, Sheffield could be a Day Two option for the Eagles if they want an addition to their secondary. He would need to add a little more muscle though if he doesn't want to be bullied by bigger receivers.
Ohio State: Isaiah Prince | OT | 6’7, 310 lbs| Sr.
Jason Peters is likely in his last season as an Eagle. The team could think about moving Lane Johnson to left tackle to protect Wentz's blindside and drafting Prince to be a right tackle.
Ohio State: Mike Weber | RB | 5'10, 214 lbs| Jr.
If he declares, Weber could be a later-round option for the Eagles. The Donnell Pumphrey experiment didn't work out for the Eagles, but drafting Weber later could be more of a low-risk/high-reward situation.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson – October 6th
Clemson: Clelin Ferrell| DE | 6’5, 260 lbs| Jr.
The only way the Eagles will end up with a shot at getting Ferrell is if they have a monumental collapse in the second-half of the season. Ferrell is an athletic freak and would be an excellent replacement if the team lets Brandon Graham walk in Free Agency.
Clemson: Dexter Lawrence | DT | 6’4, 350 lbs| Jr.
He excels in pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run game. The Eagles do need a baller next to Fletcher Cox since Tim Jernigan's status is up in the air, but they likely won't use a first-round pick on a defensive tackle, which is likely where Lawrence will be picked if he leaves school early for the draft.
Clemson: Christian Wilkins | DT | 6’4, 315 lbs| Sr.
Wilkins can get to the quarterback in a hurry, which is exactly what the Eagles need from the interior of the defensive line. He will likely fall into the same category as Dexter Lawrence, a first-round worthy pick that the Eagles won't use because they have bigger needs.
Clemson: Tre Lamar | LB | 6’4, 255 lbs| Jr.
The Eagles don't have a lot of depth at the Linebacker position, and if Jordan Hicks walks in Free Agency the Eagles could very-well use an early-round pick on a player like Lamar, who has a lot of potential and wants to leave school early.
Clemson: Austin Bryant | DE | 6’6, 280 lbs| Sr.
Bryant has enough length to be able to bat down a lot of balls at the line of scrimmage. The Eagles need to draft at least one defensive end in 2019 with Chris Long's likely retirement and Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett's futures in Philadelphia unknown.
Clemson: Hunter Renfrow | WR | 5'10, 185 lbs| Sr.
If Nelson Agholor walks in the offseason, the Eagles will be in need of a slot receiver. Renfrow could be a late-round option and get a shot of winning that position battle in the preseason.
Clemson: Mark Fields| CB | 5'10, 180 lbs| Sr.
A smaller cornerback which might make him an option for the slot. It seems like Avonte Maddox's future might be at the safety position, so the future of the slot is wide open.
Clemson: Kendall Joseph| CB | 6'0, 235 lbs| Sr.
A large cornerback (Rasul Douglas is the only cornerback on the current roster who is taller and heavier). If the Eagles want to eventually have size at the position, Joseph and Douglas could be the outside corners, while Sidney Jones handles the slot.
Clemson: Trayvon Mullen | CB | 6'1, 195 lbs| Jr.
Mullen is a cornerback with great size for his position, which could come in handy when playing against taller receivers. If Mullen declares and the Eagles secondary doesn't turn things around Howie Roseman will be inclined to use a high-pick on a cornerback.
Clemson: Mitch Hyatt| OT | 6'5, 310 lbs| Sr.
The Eagles need depth at the tackle position. If Jordan Mailata doesn't end up looking like the answer at left tackle, Hyatt could be the next option.
Wake Forest : Cameron Glenn | S | 6’1, 205 lbs| Sr.
Rodney McLeod could become a cap-casualty, and Avonte Maddox isn't a known commodity yet. Glenn could become the next safety for the Eagles since Jim Schwartz is stubborn and wouldn't try Jalen Mills at the position.
Wake Forest : Ryan Anderson| C | 6’6, 305 lbs| Sr.
Jason Kelce is getting older, and so far Isaac Seumalo hasn't lived up to the hype of being a 3rd-round pick in 2016. Anderson could be the back-up until Kelce starts declining.
Boston College vs. North Carolina State – October 6th
Boston College: Zach Allen | DL | 6’5, 285 lbs| Sr.
Allen can be a defensive end or defensive tackle, which helps his chances of the Eagles wanting him since the team likes to rotate their defensive line around.
Boston College: Chris Lindstrom | G | 6’4, 310 lbs| Sr.
Lindstrom can play the tackle position as well, but moving forward he is most likely to have the most success in the NFL as a guard. The Eagles left guard depth chart is fluid right now, and if the team doesn't find an answer they like this season they will be in the market for help there.
Boston College: Tommy Sweeney | TE | 6’5, 260 lbs| Sr.
The Eagles don't really need a tight end with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert excelling. If the team wants a good 3rd-tight end to be able to put on the field, they could take a late-round flyer on a guy in the draft.
Boston College: Wyatt Ray | DE | 6’3, 255 lbs| Sr.
Plays well on the edge to force runners inside, which would be beneficial for an Eagles team that has Fletcher Cox feasting on running backs.
North Carolina State: Ryan Finley | QB | 6’4, 212 lbs| Sr.
The Eagles don't need a quarterback, but might be in the market for one if Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld leave in the offseason. The team might have been doing due diligence on Finley to see if he'd make a nice back-up to Carson Wentz.
North Carolina State: Kelvin Harmon | WR | 6’3, 214 lbs| Jr.
The Eagles found their #2 wide receiver by trading for Golden Tate, but with Tate likely being too expensive to re-sign after the season. The Eagles could draft Harmon if he declares for the draft, and let him become the #2 guy behind Alshon Jeffery.
North Carolina State: Germaine Pratt | LB | 6’3, 240 lbs| Sr.
Could be a late-round flyer for a team who is looking to add depth to their linebacker core. He converted from the safety position and is a great tackler, which would be a breath of fresh air for the Eagles.
Utah vs. Stanford – October 6th
Stanford: Bryce Love | RB | 5'10, 202 lbs| Sr.
Love is a solid overall Runningback, and is likely going to be pick on Day Two of the NFL Draft. The Eagles don't like to use high draft picks on running backs, but if they don't see Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood or Josh Adams as long-term options, Love could be in play for the birds.
Stanford: Trenton Irwin | WR | 6'2, 204 lbs| Sr.
He good size to be an outside Wide Receiver. The future at that position for the Eagles isn't known thanks to expiring contracts for Golden Tate and Nelson Agholor. Mack Hollins' injury this season hasn't allowed us to see how much he has improved from 2017 and if he is a legitimate option for the outside position for long-term.
Stanford: Jesse Burkett | C | 6'4, 300 lbs| Sr.
Jason Kelce is on the wrong side of 30 now. The team needs to start thinking about the future at the position, whether it be a move made to replace him as early as next season, or let his future replacement learn on the sidelines for a season or two. Burkett is someone with potential, so a late-round pick on him could be an option.
Stanford: Joey Alfieri | OLB | 6'3, 239 lbs| Sr.
Alfieri is a 3-4 Outside Linebacker, so he rushes after the quarterback a lot. The Eagles will be in the market for a pass-rusher, but if his tape shows he is good when he drops back too he could maybe be a 4-3 outside linebacker. The Eagles would likely snag him for the latter if he proves he can do well in coverage.
Stanford: Nate Herbig | G | 6'4, 334 lbs| Jr.
Herbig is good at pulling to the outside from his guard position and getting downfield to block for his Runningback. Doug Pederson loves those plays, so Herbig could be a suitable player for the birds if he declares for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Arizona vs. Utah – October 12th
Ohio State vs. Minnesota – October 13th
This was the second consecutive game the Eagles had a scout in person to watch the Buckeyes. So the names mentioned earlier might become more note-worthy.
Rutgers vs. Northwestern – October 20th
Northwestern: Clayton Thorson | QB | 6’4, 226 lbs| Sr.
Joe Douglas watching Thorson in person is a pretty big deal. Obviously the team is happy with Carson Wentz as its franchise quarterback, but Nick Foles will likely be traded or released this offseason. Meanwhile, Nate Sudfeld is a Free Agent this spring, which means the team is down to just Wentz at quarterback. The team will need a capable back-up since Wentz has already had one major injury in his NFL career.
Northwestern: Montre Hartage | CB | 6’0, 195 lbs| Sr.
He plays great in zone coverage and is able to disrupt plays by getting hands on passes and affecting the receiver enough to drop the pass.
Rutgers: Kiy Hester | S | 6’0, 208 lbs| Sr.
He likes to hit and is a reliable last-line of defense. Corey Graham is retiring after the season, so the team will need to draft at least safety to allow Malcolm Jenkins to rotate around the defense.
Rutgers: Blessuan Austin | CB | 6’1, 195 lbs| Sr.
Pretty good size to be on the outside and defend against bigger wide receivers. He is also able to come in for blitzes every now and then to get to the quarterback.
West Virginia vs. Baylor – October 25th
Baylor: Blake Blackmar | G | 6’5, 326 lbs| Sr.
Could be a selection the Eagles make late in the draft if they didn't already take an offensive lineman or two earlier in the draft. They need all the offensive line help they can get to protect their franchise quarterback.
West Virginia: Gary Jennings | WR | 6’2, 215 lbs| Sr.
Jennings could take pressure off of Alshon Jeffery on the outside and help Carson Wentz move the ball downfield.
West Virginia: Will Grier | QB | 6’2, 223 lbs| Sr.
Again maybe the were looking at a quarterback because of the contract situations with Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld. If both leave the Eagles will need to either draft a quarterback like Grier, or sign a competent back-up in Free Agency.
West Virginia: Yodny Cajuste| OT | 6’5, 321 lbs| Sr.
Cajuste is the Mountaineers' left tackle, and if he shows out and plays well the Eagles might have him in mind to replace Jason Peters.
West Virginia: David Sills| WR | 6’4, 210 lbs| Sr.
A tall redzone option for Carson Wentz if the team wants another redzone threat. The Eagles already have plenty of those though with Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.