Every day leading up to the 2020 NFL draft, we’ll be taking a look at this draft class by position. We’ll highlight a few players who will fit the Eagles and separate them into three categories based on where they’re likely to get drafted.
We already looked at tight ends, receivers, linebackers, running backs, cornerbacks and offensive tackles.
Up today: Defensive tackles
At No. 21
Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina, 6-5, 324
The Eagles are already four deep at defensive tackle and have massive money invested at the position, so it’s unlikely they’ll use their first-round pick on one. But if Kinlaw is still on the board at 21, he’d likely be the best player available and he’d be a great scheme fit for Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 front. He had just 10 1/2 sacks at South Carolina but Kinlaw is an explosive 3-technique with the athleticism and power to spend Sunday afternoons ruining days for QBs.
In the middle
Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M, 6-3, 293
Not the biggest guy in the world but Madubuike definitely has quickness that helped him pick up 11 sacks over his last two college seasons. He ran a 4.83 and put up 31 reps on the bench press, both really good numbers among defensive tackles. His best chance at the next level is in a one-gap scheme that lets him attack.
Rashard Lawrence, LSU, 6-2, 308
He played as a 3-4 defensive end with the Tigers and maybe that’s his best fit at the next level. But he did manage to pick up 9.0 sacks in his college career and would be powerful enough to transition to a 4-3 interior lineman if he’s drafted by such a team. He’s also a high-motor player and was a leader on that LSU defense. High floor rotational player.
McTelvin Agim, Arkansas, 6-3, 309
Agim played on the edge and inside for the Razorbacks. He started 40 games in four seasons and piled up 16 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for loss. Tested pretty well at the combine and the Arkansas pro day.
Rob Windsor, Penn State, 6-4, 290
Played the DT in PSU’s 4-3, mostly as a 3-technique, but had a disappointing senior season with just 3 1/2 sacks. Because of that, he might be available late in this draft and he had 7 1/2 sacks as a junior in 12 games. Could be a rotational NFL player.
Khalil Davis, Nebraska, 6-1, 308
Davis became a draftable player in 2019 when he had 8 sacks and 11 TFLs in 11 games for the Cornhuskers. Some projection with Davis because he played in a 3-4 at Nebraska but he ran a 4.75 at the combine. He has short arms but he did manage 32 reps on the bench press too. Some natural leverage gives him a chance as a pass rusher and might be worth a late-round flyer.
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