2017 NFL draft prospect watch: Eagles' possible needs

2017 NFL draft prospect watch: Eagles' possible needs

The next several games on the Eagles' schedule will reveal an awful lot about the team.

One thing that will hopefully become more apparent is what the team needs when the draft comes in April.

Here are six prospects that may fit a couple of those needs.

Corey Davis, Western Michigan, senior, WR, (6-3/213)
36 catches, 589 yards, 8 TDs

Western Michigan is ranked for the first time in the program's history, so I had to include Davis here. If you've been following along with my prospect posts, you know Davis is one of my favorites. Akron is giving up almost 300 passing yards a game, so Davis should have a field day.

No. 24 Western Michigan at Akron, 3:30 p.m.

Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, senior, WR, (5-10/185)
49 catches, 589 yards, 2 TDs

Switzer is a traditional slot receiver with great hands, toughness, quickness and route running ability. If the Eagles decide to go to a traditional slot guy and experiment with Jordan Matthews on the outside, Switzer could be an intriguing fit. He also returns punts and Darren Sproles can't play forever.

North Carolina at No. 16 Miami, 3:30 p.m.

Jeremy McNichols, Boise State, junior, RB, (5-9/212)
110 carries, 558 yards, 9 TDs

The easiest comparison would be to former Boise State back Doug Martin. McNichols does share Martin's versatility and willingness to run up the middle despite his size. Martin may have a little more power, but McNichols has proven to be a better pass catcher. McNichols has 16 catches this season after posting 51 a season ago. Martin's high at Boise State was 28.

No. 15 Boise State vs. Colorado State, 10:15 p.m.

Reuben Foster, Alabama, senior, LB, (6-1/236)
37 total tackles

Foster is considered a mid first-round pick, but he's talented and instinctual enough to be a top-10 pick. He's been compared to Carolina Panthers stud linebacker Luke Kuechly. It's an apt comparison when you see Foster's ability to diagnose a play and roam sideline to sideline. Foster suffered a concussion in last week's win over Arkansas, but is expected to play Saturday.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.

Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State, junior, LB, (6-2/243)
33 total tackles

McMillan certainly has similar abilities to Foster, but is not nearly as instinctual. He may be raw, but he's a playmaker. He has 33 tackles, 2½ for a loss, two passes defended and a forced fumble in five games. It should be a fun matchup for McMillan and Ohio State's defense on the road against Wisconsin. The Eagles could certainly use one of these two stud 'backers.

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State, redshirt sophomore, CB, (6-1/192)
Three interceptions, six passes defensed

Lattimore is a long, rangy corner with good ball skills. Playing in a defense with such a strong front seven, it's hard to know the full extent of Lattimore's skills, but from what we've seen so far, Lattimore will be in the first-round conversation. As a redshirt sophomore, he could choose to return to the Buckeyes.

No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.

Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.

Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady 
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr. 
10. Derek Carr

That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.

But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.

We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.

Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:

1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3) 
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)

The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.

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