November 03, 2018
The college football season is in full swing, as we are now into the tenth week of a full slate of games.
As long as you're taking in some of the action, here are some players who could make sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Birds are projected to have 11 picks.
Brown is a junior wide receiver who put up big numbers in 2017, and is poised to surpass them this season.
At 6'1, 230, Brown has a thick body type, and while he's not likely to run a blazing 40, watch him break tackles and get yards after the catch:
He reminds me a lot of a bigger Golden Tate, for his competitiveness and unwillingness to go down once he has the ball in his hands. He's probably going to be a first round pick, and if the Eagles like Tate, they should love Brown.
Jones in an undersized defensive tackle at 6'3, 286, but as you might imagine, he wins with quickness. The following is a very small sampling, but you can see his speed here:
So far in 2018, Jones has 23 tackles (9 for loss), 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and a pick six. He would fit the mold of the disruptive interior pass rusher in the Eagles' defensive scheme.
Denis is a small safety prospect at 5'11, 185, but as Jim Schwartz has shown, he doesn't care much about size at that position. While his production is down in 2018, Denis had 88 tackles, 7 INTs, 10 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles in 2017.
The Eagles needs at safety are obvious, even if Rodney McLeod returns to the team next offseason.
Hill doesn't have much in the way of college stats, but that's partly because teams have shied away from throwing at him. For his career, Hill has 36 tackles (6 for loss), 3 INTs, and 11 pass breakups. He is credited with giving up 2 TDs over his career. He has been a starter since the 2017 season.
Hill, if he comes out, he will probably be a top 10 corner prospect is this upcoming draft because he is sticky is coverage, and does a good job both locating and making plays on the ball in the air.
He's also something a confident player, which as you know will appeal to Schwartz. On the downside, Hill is a smaller corner at 5'11, 181, which again won't bother Schwartz much, though it's worth pointing out that Hill will make the occasional "business decision."
Love's biggest strength, by far, is his ability to get hands on the football. In 2017, he had a highly impressive 20 pass breakups. So far in 2018, he has 12. He also has three career return touchdowns (2 on INTs, one on a fumble recovery).
Assuming he tests well enough at the Combine, Love could be a first-round pick.
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