It’s been almost a full week since the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, and teams are starting to fill out their rosters as we approach the start of the 2018 season. One of the most interesting teams to follow this season will be the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles will have more pressure on them than ever before, but were able to bring in some key players though free agency and the draft. Here are my draft grades for all the Eagles 2018 Draft picks.
- Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (Round 2, 49th Overall)
After trading out of their first-round pick, the Eagles took South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert in the middle of the 2nd round. Philly parted ways with tight ends Brent Celek and Trey Burton this offseason, meaning there was a major need at the backup tight end spot. By selecting Goedert, the Eagles got what they considered to be a first round talent to pair with Pro-Bowl tight end Zach Ertz. Goedert has enough size to be an effective red-zone target for Carson Wentz this season, and his athletic ability should allow him to have immediate success as a rookie. The Eagles dual tight end offense is a perfect fit to showcase his potential.
- Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh (Round 4, 125th Overall)
The next pick for the Eagles didn’t come until the fourth round, where they selected cornerback Avonte Maddox out of Pittsburgh. Maddox is undersized and will most likely be regulated to the nickel cornerback position in Jim Schwartz’s scheme. The Eagles lost Patrick Robinson to the Saints a few months ago and are hoping Maddox can compete with some of the other defensive backs on the roster for that coveted role. Maddox speed is what will set him apart, as he recorded the fastest 60-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. He brings even more depth to a talented defensive back room and provides substantial value in the fourth-round.
- Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State (Round 4, 130th Overall)
Questions surrounding his ability to stay healthy might be the sole reason the former Seminole fell this far in the draft. Many analysts considered Josh Sweat a potential a top-tier edge rusher had it not been for the injury he suffered in high school. Despite that, he managed to produce regardless at Florida State. Sweat started at least 11 games in his last three seasons in a row at Florida State, amassing 14.5 sacks in that time. Sweat will have the opportunity in Philadelphia to learn from some of the games’ best and could end up being the steal of the draft by seasons end.
- Matt Pryor, OT, TCU (Round 6, 206th Overall)
At 6-7, Pryor’s size alone gives him the potential to be a starting tackle in the NFL. The question is can he channel that into success on the field and with his techniques? As a low draft choice, the Eagles have minor risk with him, but Pryor will have the opportunity to learn from players like Jason Peters and Lane Johnson. At perhaps the position with the least amount of depth, Pryor is the very definition of a “boom or bust” player
- Jordan Mailata, OT, Australia (Round 7, 233rd Overall)
Without a doubt the biggest wildcard in their draft, with their last pick, the Eagles took a professional Rugby player from Australia who knows very little about the game of American Football. Jordan Mailata stands 6-8, and weighs 346 pounds, but with no technique to speak of, he might be a long shot to make the Eagles 53-man roster. However, due to him being a 7th round pick, Mailata’s potentially massive upside causes him to be given a draft grade worthy of the value he brings in the last-round.