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NFL Draft 2020: 10 players still available for Eagles heading into Day 3

NFL Draft 2020: 10 players still available for Eagles heading into Day 3

The Eagles had a pretty unpopular day in the NFL draft on Friday when they took Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in the second round. 

So far, here’s the Eagles’ 2020 draft: 

1-21: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU 
2-53: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma 
3-103: Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado 
4-127:
4-145:
4-146:
5-169:
6-191:

As you can see, the Eagles have five picks remaining in the third and final day of the draft. Assuming they don’t take another backup quarterback, here are 10 players who might make sense: 

Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty 

The 6-4, 223-pound receiver comes from a small school so there are questions about the level of competition he faced. But the good news is he dominated with consistency at Liberty. He had at least 69 catches and 1,037 yards in each of his last three seasons and exactly 10 touchdown receptions in each of the last three years too. 

Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia 

There are serious medical concerns with Hall, which is why he’s still available. He missed half of his 2019 season with an ankle injury that needed surgery. That’s a huge concern. But for a Day 3 pick, Hall has upside as a starter in the NFL if he can stay on the field. 

Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn 

The 6-5, 308-pound Nigerian has a pretty amazing story and eventually picked up football when he came to the states. He ended up being a three-year starter at Auburn. He’s still a work in progress but has plenty of raw ability for a team willing to take a chance. The Eagles are normally willing to take chances for athletic offensive linemen. 

Jason Strowbridge, DT, North Carolina 

The Eagles are already stacked at defensive tackle so this wouldn’t be a popular pick, but they obviously don’t care about that right now. And Strowbridge is the kind of penetrating interior lineman the Eagles like for their one-gapping front four. 

Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

Anae might not last into the Eagles’ range but I’m surprised he’s still available now. He’s a quick first step guy who had 13 sacks as a senior in 2019 and 21 in his final two seasons at Utah. At 6-3, 257, he has to rely on his speed and there are questions about how that will translate. 

K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State 

This pick might not make sense because the Eagles have been so focused on finding speed in this draft and Hill isn’t a speedster — he ran a 4.60. But he’s a dependable slot guy and the Eagles could use one of them if they think Jalen Reagor is going to be an answer outside. Reagor is a low floor, high ceiling type but Hill is the opposite. He’s a super volume receiver. 

Nick Harris, C, Washington 

At 6-1, 302 pounds and super athletic, the comparisons to Jason Kelce have been plentiful and for good reason. Harris is undersized but has the athleticism few centers offer and the intelligence to make up for his size deficiencies. He’d be a good eventual replacement for Kelce. 

Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF

Davis (6-2, 216) is coming off an impressive season at UCF. He caught 72 passes for 1,241 yards (17.2) and 12 touchdowns. Could become a value pick for an X receiver at the next level. 

Ben Bartch, OT, St. John’s 

Here’s another project-type offensive lineman. Bartch (6-6, 309) is definitely a projection, having played just two seasons at tackle after moving from tight end. And coming from a Division III school, he probably isn’t ready to play just yet. But Jeff Stoutland likes projects and he gets them. 

Deejay Dallas, RB, Miami 

The Eagles need to find a complementary player to Miles Sanders and Dallas would fit. He’s a hard-running 5-10, 217-pound back whose legs never stop churning. He’s also a good blocker and had just 265 total carries in college.

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Eagles claim tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former DL coach

Eagles claim tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former DL coach

The Eagles have claimed tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former defensive line coach Chris Wilson, who was with the Eagles from 2016-18. 

Wilson, 24, was waived by the Washington Football Team on Monday. 

The Eagles also placed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks on Active/PUP list Tuesday. Brooks tore his Achilles last month and is rehabbing. He’ll get the boot off his foot next week. 

Brooks is obviously unlikely to play this season and the Eagles brought back Jason Peters to fill in for him at right guard. 

The Cardinals drafted Wilson out of UCLA with the very last pick (No. 254) of the 2019 NFL Draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant 2019. He didn’t make the Cardinals’ roster in 2019 but spent most of last season on their practice squad. 

Wilson (6-4, 240) was signed to Washington’s active roster last December but he didn’t play in any games for them. He was with the team until he was waived on Monday. 

During his three years at UCLA, Wilson put up some really solid numbers. As a junior in 2018, he caught 60 passes for 965 yards and 4 touchdowns. That was also his father’s last year with the Eagles, so it’s safe to say the Eagles were well aware of him back then. Chris Wilson is now the DL coach at the University of Colorado. 

At the 2018 combine, Caleb Wilson ran an impressive 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. 

Here’s what TheDraftNetwork’s Joe Marino wrote about Wilson as a prospect two years ago: 

“Wilson has been a productive middle of the field receiver for UCLA across the last two seasons but projecting him to do the same at the next level is challenging given his restrictions. While he ran an excellent 40-yard dash time at the Combine, his overall athletic profile is disappointing. That, combined with inconsistent effort, leads to lazy routes that lack the separation quickness to get open at the next level. His effort and functional strength also miss the mark as a blocker. Wilson has low level TE2 upside, likely used in a flex role in sub packages.”

With the Eagles, Wilson will actually have a decent shot to make the roster. While Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are obviously locks for the 53-man roster, there are just two other tight ends on the roster: Josh Perkins and rookie Noah Togiai. 

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NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

For months — well, years really — LeSean McCoy seemed excited about the possibility of returning to Philadelphia, where his No. 25 has remained available. But that didn’t happen. 

Shady signed with the Buccaneers and will join Tom Brady in Tampa (Tompa) Bay. 

But on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday, Shady said the Eagles were showing him interest even just before he signed with the Bucs. 

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles had expressed some interest in veteran running backs and the three they were linked with most were Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and McCoy. The only one of the three that remains available is Freeman. 

The Eagles feel pretty comfortable with the running back group they have right now and are ready to roll with some younger players. Their top two running backs are Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. After that, they have Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Mike Warren and Adrian Killins. 

Coming into training camp, the Eagles wanted to get an extended look at some of those younger players. For instance, they had a draft able grade on Holyfield last year and had a draftable grade on Warren this year. 

McCoy is 32 now and it seems like his best days are behind him. Even though he was with the Chiefs last year, he didn’t play in the Super Bowl. 

But he’ll always be remembered as an Eagle. The Birds drafted him at No. 53 in 2009 and he played six seasons in Philly before Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher. 

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