What a first day for the Philadelphia Eagles and Howie Roseman.
Through all the doubts, Howie prevailed and made a brilliant move. Trading up with Dallas(still shocks me that they were even willing to trade with us) and selecting the Heisman winner to help a struggling wideout core.
Now that the First Round is over, the Eagles must shift their focus to Day 2, specifically the 2nd round. The Eagles have the 37th pick in the 2nd round, with many great players still on the board there. Here are some of my favorite targets for the Eagles.
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
If you were following my twitter feed last night, you could see that I was absolutely shocked that Owusu-Koramoah was not picked in the first round. The Notre Dame linebacker was viewed by some as the best linebacker in the draft, but still is on the board after 3 of them were taken(Micah Parsons, Zaven Collins, Jamin Davis). If he can fall to the 37th pick, it would be a great value pick for Roseman.
CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
It was a sort of a shock when Campbell's teammate, Eric Stokes, came off the board late in the first round. The Eagles clearly need cornerback help next to Darius Slay and I could argue that Campbell is better then Stokes. Campbell ran a 4.36 on his pro day and has those raw features that can translate to the next level.
CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
Samuel Jr. already has ties to the Eagles, with his dad playing for the Eagles for a long portion of his career. Samuel is seen by most as the best cornerback prospect left on the board, and again would help that gap in the secondary.
CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
Some would argue this is a bit of a reach here, but I am super high on Joseph personally. So high on him, in fact, that I had him in the first round of my mock draft(that really did not age well). Joseph does have some potential off the field issues, but if that can be solved then his athleticism should translate great to the NFL.
OLB Azeez Olujari, Georgia
Another player I was shocked who dropped out of the first round was Olujari. It seems to be some medical concerns that prevented any teams from jumping on him early. He may not even be there at 37, but he is an explosive edge rusher and would transform your defense.
S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
I'm pretty confident that Moehrig will not be there at 37, but this would be a great pick for the Eagles if he fell there. Safety is not a pressing need at the moment, but with Rodney McLeod coming off a torn ACL and K'Von Wallace not totally ready, getting the best safety in the draft would not be a bad thing.
Those are the 6 that I would prefer the most, but here are some other potential picks I could see the Birds making:
C Landon Dickerson
C Creed Humphrey
DT Christian Barmore
LB Nick Bolton
The bottom line is, the Eagles are going to get a good player at this pick.
Let's hope Howie hits the goldmine again.