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Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: S Nasir Adderley

Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: S Nasir Adderley

Nasir Adderley, the Philadelphia native and University of Delaware product, is widely considered one of the best safeties in this class. 

If the Eagles take him, they’d have to overlook the fact that Adderley played for a small program. In 2018, he led the Blue Hens with four INTs, seven PBUs and 87 tackles in 12 starts. He also returned five kickoffs for 149 yards and a touchdown. 

Adderley (6-0, 206) is still raw but has first-round talent and athleticism. 

Even though he projects as a safety in the NFL, he has always played cornerback. That’s been important for the safeties the Eagles seem to like under Jim Schwartz. He likes his safeties to have a corner background. 

Adderley’s tape is good, but we don’t have any solid pre-draft numbers on him. He didn’t participate in the combine and then he got hurt at Delaware’s pro day. Teams will need to trust the tape with him. 

Current roster at S: The Eagles have Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod as their starters. Their top backups are recently-signed Andrew Sendejo and Tre Sullivan. 

How he would fit: Adderley would be the Eagles’ third safety in 2019 and would likely be groomed to become a starter for the 2020 season. That third safety role with the Eagles is important. 

Eagles' history at S in draft: The Eagles haven’t taken many defensive backs at all in the first round. In the modern era, they have taken just three DBs in the first round and none of them were pure safeties: Lito Sheppard in 2002, Ben Smith in 1990, Roynell Young in 1980. 

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Eagles 2019 training camp battles: Are Eagles deep enough at DE?

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Eagles 2019 training camp battles: Are Eagles deep enough at DE?

As we near the start of the Eagles’ 2019 training camp, we’re taking a closer look at some key position battles to watch this summer. We already looked at cornerback, running back and linebacker.            

Up today: Defensive end 

Names to know 

Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, Daeshon Hall, Joe Ostman 

What to watch 

While the Eagles have much more depth at defensive tackle heading into the 2019 season, there’s some reason to worry about their depth at defensive end. Last year, they began the season with the same starters but had Michael Bennett and Chris Long as rotational players. This year, they’re not that deep. 

The starters are the same this season: Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett. Even though he’s over 30 now, we all know what kind of player Graham has been and will be in 2019. He was hobbled by a lingering ankle injury early last season but was back to himself later. Barnett got off to a quick start in 2018, but then hurt his shoulder and eventually needed surgery. He wasn’t a full participant in OTAs this spring, but should be ready for the start of the season. Those two are set and should be pretty good. 

After the starters? That’s where some questions start to form. Curry is back on a much cheaper deal than the one he made it through just one year of in Tampa Bay. Curry is a solid player but he’s 31 now and since he had 9 sacks in 2014, he hasn’t gone over 3 1/2 in the four years since. In an injury-shortened season in Tampa Bay, he had 2 1/2 sacks in 2018. And now, he’s the Eagles’ top rotational end. 

But at least Curry has proven to be an adequate player in the NFL. Sweat, Miller, Hall and Ostman haven’t proven much in their short careers. Sweat certainly looks the part and will get a chance to be a part of the rotation, but last year’s fourth-rounder played just 68 snaps last season. Miller was the last pick of the fourth round this year, so it would be unfair to have immediately high expectations of him. Hall was a third-round pick in 2017, but didn’t last in Carolina and has struggled to find a home in the NFL. Ostman is a hard-worker whom the Eagles love, but is he really the answer? 

Perhaps the Eagles bring in a veteran — Connor Barwin would like to come back — to fill out the rotation, but if they don’t, we’ll need to watch Sweat, Miller, Hall and Ostman closely this summer. One or two of them will likely make the roster and then fight for playing time. Because Malik Jackson will probably stay on the field for third downs, the depth at defensive end isn’t as important, but the Eagles are one injury away from one of those guys playing a significant role in 2019. 

Prediction 

Graham and Barnett start and Curry is the first guy off the bench. Sweat will be the team’s fourth option, but will have to earn playing time. I don’t think Miller is ready to be a significant contributor as a rookie. Keep an eye on Hall, who is a dark horse candidate to make the team.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Wentz out of the shadow; Peters back to dominating?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Wentz out of the shadow; Peters back to dominating?

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are getting ready for training camp. 

The guys break down a few things Doug Pederson said before the team broke for summer, take a look at position battles and list former Eagles who squandered their talent. 

Also, wishing Chris Maragos the best as he retires. 

2:00 - Getting ready for training camp 
8:00 - Doug Pederson on Carson Wentz 
12:00 - Can Jason Peters be dominant again? 
19:00 - Position battle: CB 
24:00 - Position battle: RB
28:00 - Position battle: LB
32:00 - Position battle: DE
35:00 - Position battle: WR
40:00 - Eagles who squandered talent 
51:00 - Chris Maragos retires 

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