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Off the Clock: Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Draft Review

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Off the Clock: Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Draft Review

2020-07-06 13:15:51


-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Jalen Reagor at TCU. (Image Source: Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

Here’s a review of the Philadelphia Eagles ten picks in the 2020 NFL Draft:

OTC: Bears | Browns | Bucs | Cardinals | Chiefs | Cowboys | Jets | Packers | Raiders | Saints | Steelers | 49ers | NFL Draft Links: Picks 1-8 | Picks 9-16 | Picks 17-24 | Picks 27-32 |

Round 1 (21st Overall) WR Jalen Reagor, TCU: Wide receiver was among Philly’s biggest needs, for the future as much as 2020, and this was a wide-receiver strong draft. In Reagor, the Eagles selected a wideout who is athletic and explosive with good speed, but one who lacks length and change of direction quickness. He’s a potential big-play weapon who can also contribute to the return game, however, needs to be more consistent with his hands, as well as route running. There were better pass catchers on the board in my opinion.

Round 2 (53rd Overall) QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma: With Carson Wentz entrenched as the starter this was a surprising pick, but one that has some logic to it considering Wentz’s lack of durability. If any franchise understands the value of having a quality backup, it’s the Eagles. Built more like a running back, Hurts is undersized with elite athleticism for the position. He’s a physical and instinctive runner who improved as a passer at Oklahoma. Hurts is an excellent leader with all the intangibles who needs to improve his accuracy. Look for Doug Pederson to get Hurts on the field at multiple positions on offense.

Round 3 (103rd Overall) OLB Davion Taylor, Colorado: At just 6’0” and 228 pounds, Taylor is built more like a safety than a linebacker. What does he bring to the table? The Colorado man has wide receiver speed (4.49 40-time), running back change of direction ability (6.96 3-cone), and the explosiveness teams look for in linebackers (10’7” broad jump). A very intriguing athlete who can play a hybrid linebacker/safety position. Expect Taylor to contribute on special teams and subpackages on nickel defense. With the Eagles thin at linebacker, he will have an opportunity to see a lot of the field in 2020.

Round 4 (127th Overall) S K’Von Wallace, Clemson: Another undersized but athletic prospect, it’s clear the Eagles value speed, explosiveness (38” vertical, 11’1” broad jump), and quickness over length or bulk. What you have to like about Wallace, is his potential to shift over to nickel corner and cover the slot. He’s also physically tough and brings good instincts to the position. A hybrid defensive back if you like his upside, a corner-safety ‘tweener if you don’t.

Round 4 (145th Overall) OG Jack Driscoll, Auburn: A right tackle at Auburn, Driscoll also has experience at guard during his time at UMass before he transferred to the SEC. He’s light in the pants at 306 pounds with short arms (9 7/8”) which is part of the reason he’s expected to slide back inside to guard. Driscoll is one of the more athletic and explosive lineman with good quickness, as well as an excellent feel for the game. The reason his ceiling is considered to be limited is that Driscoll struggled with pass rushers at Auburn and he lacks the power to generate much of a push in the run game.

Jets OTC: Offensive Needs | Defensive Needs | Mekhi Becton | Denzel Mims | Ashtyn Davis | Jabari Zuniga | La’Mical Perine | James Morgan | Cameron Clark | Bryce Hall | Braden Mann |

Round 5 (168th Overall) WR John Hightower, Boise State: The Eagles wisely continue to add receiver depth with the speedy (4.43 40-time) but slight (189 pounds) Hightower who is an all-purpose talent. At Boise, the JUCO transfer touched the ball as a receiver, runner, Wildcat quarterback, kick, and punt returner. A raw but potentially explosive weapon who can take the top off a defense.

Round 6 (196th Overall) ILB Shaun Bradley, Temple: The Eagles have a type. Bradley is undersized by every measure but was one of the fastest linebackers in this class (4.51 40-time). While his tackling technique needs to be cleaned up, his speed allows him to chase down ball carriers, avoid would-be blockers, and cover. He will need to stick as a special teamer but could develop into a subpackage linebacker.

Round 6 (200th Overall) WR Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi: The need for speed continues as the Eagles draft another blazer in Watkins, who had the third-fastest 40-time at the NFL Scouting Combine (4.35). He’s also explosive with good leaping ability and long arms, all of which make him a legitimate deep threat. Very raw, but with excellent potential for the 200th overall pick.

Round 6 (210th Overall) OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn: In need of youth and depth at offensive tackle, the Eagles lucked out when Wanogho dropped to them in the sixth round, as many had him going off the board late on Day 2. The Nigerian native is relatively new to football and didn’t play offensive line until he arrived at Auburn. There are durability concerns but if he stays healthy, Wanogho has the ability to start in the NFL.

Round 7 (233rd Overall) DE Casey Toohill, Stanford: A standup outside linebacker at Stanford, Toohill will have to transition to playing with his hand on the ground. A potentially explosive (yes undersized) pass rusher with excellent speed and athleticism off the edge. Love his upside getting after the quarterback, with the potential to develop into more as he gets stronger. Great value in the seventh round.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:


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