Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom is not an homage to America.  The "whipoorwill of freedom" that slapped Elton right between the eyes might be a clue.

Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Draft Grade: C

We'd like to give the Eagles an A because of David Akers draft monologue, but the picks were sort of bland.  Dallas Goedert is a fine pick in the second round and trading ahead of the Cowboys, who apparently coveted him, make Akers bluster even funnier. Avonte Maddox and Josh Sweat both have an NFL skill set but come with more questions than answers.

Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Draft Grade: B-

We are fans of first round pick Derek Barnett in spite of his pedestrian testing results.  A second round pick on injured cornerback Sydney Jones was too rich.  We had a borderline second round grade on him before his injury, but he's going to miss an entire year with a torn Achilles that he suffered at his pro day. Third round corner Rasul Douglas has loads of potential and RB Donnell Pumphrey could see starts in 2017.  WR Mack Collins is an ideal WR3 with the potential to take the top off defenses.

Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Draft Grade: D

We like Wentz as a prospect.  Getting a top tosser prospect is almost always a good thing, but trading away too many picks is the "almost" part of "almost always a good thing."  Another "almost" is doing it when you have a tosser on the roster who you just traded a second round pick to get the year before and then paid a ton of money to.  The rest of their picks don't appear to be NFL starter caliber players with the exception of third round center Isaac Seumalo who will need to stay healthy.


We like the Eagles first two picks, netting wide receiver Nelson Agholor and corner/safety Eric Rowe, but after that we don't see any real contributors.  Agholor should step in early in the season and be productive.  3rd round linebacker Jordan Hicks has plus athletic ability and wide receiver turned corner Jacorey Shephard could develop into a starter in a few years.

UDFA most likely to make the team: We actually like two; Travis Raciti- DT, San Jose St. and Devante Davis- WR, UNLV


Nothing too much to get excited about with the Eagles draft.  We liked Marcus Smith more than most but thought he was a value in the second round, not the middle of the first.  He had a great 2013 but he's a one year wonder with less than ten combined sacks in 2011 and 2012.  Wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff are both number 2/3 WR types who fill a need for the Eagles.  The Eagles four mid/late round picks were good values on defense but the entire draft hinges on Marcus Smith becoming a top drawer sack artist or Jordan Mathews becoming a high end number two.  We're not sure that will happen though Smith and Matthews have significant upside.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Henry Josey- RB, Missouri