With Round 1 in the books and the Eagles trading back, we look at the best prospects that could be available when they’re on the clock at pick 52.
We’re operating under the assumption that Derrius Guice, Courtland Sutton, Dallas Goedert, Connor Williams, Harold Landry and players of that ilk will be off the board.
D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Chark possesses great size (6-foot-3) and speed (4.34). His lack of eye-popping production is partly because of LSU’s offense and quarterback play, but he was also inconsistent in his route running and his strength at the catch point. He offers an intriguing complement to Alshon Jeffery.
Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
Bates’ ability to cover and help in the run game should appeal to the Eagles, who value versatility in their safeties. Bates can be overaggressive at times, leading to poor angles and missed tackles, but those issues are coachable. He can serve as the team’s third safety and learn from Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. He should produce on special teams from Day 1.
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
The only thing keeping Miller from being a higher pick is his size (5-foot-11). Despite his diminutive stature, he put up 22 reps at the combine and has huge hands (10 5/8”). He ran 4.48 at his pro day, showing he has NFL explosiveness. And, oh yeah, his production at Memphis was crazy. He had at least 95 catches, 1,400 yards and 14 TDs in each of his last two seasons.
Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Warner has tremendous size (6-3/236) and length. He’s also a great athlete, playing somewhat of a hybrid safety/linebacker role. He has experience covering slot receivers and tight ends and has solid ball skills (seven career INTs). He’s a bit risky without a defined position, but he’s incredibly intriguing.
Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Sony Michel may have gone at pick 31, but Chubb was Georgia’s bell cow this season. If not for a horrific knee injury during his sophomore season, Chubb would likely already be in the NFL. He’s big (227 pounds) and powerful (29 reps) but certainly not slow (4.52). He’s an old school back and doesn’t offer much in the passing game. With that said, he still has great value as a runner. Especially as he gets further away from his injury.
Tyrell Crosby, OL, Oregon
Crosby is a road grader that plowed the way for Oregon’s potent running game. He played both left and right tackle for the Ducks but may be best suited to play guard at the next level. Pass protection was an issue at times, but what better mentor for a young tackle than one of the best to ever do it in Jason Peters?