5 Philadelphia Eagles’ potential targets at No
The Philadelphia Eagles received the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft in exchange for the 13th selection as part of a trade with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week that changes the dynamic of the team’s offseason.
The ascent up the draft order gives the Eagles options whether they keep the No. 8 pick or make another move.
If the Eagles stay put, they’ll have a host of intriguing prospects to choose from. And the way their roster is shaking out, they likely won’t be forced to address a specific need but could use an infusion of talent at just about any position.
In other words, the Eagles are in position to take the best player available.
With that said, here are a few players they could draft No. 8 overall.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
After trading running back DeMarco Murray to the Titans this week, some experts expect the Eagles to go after the most talented ball carrier in this draft class.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke adjusted his latest mock draft after Philly acquired the No. 8 overall selection, and he has the team taking Elliott. Here’s what Burke wrote:
"When this mock first went live, a few hours before the Eagles Dolphins trade was confirmed, I had Elliott slotted in at 13 but said it was too low for his talent level. This is better, in terms of the 2016 draft class. The Ohio State star is a legit three down stud."
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Before the Eagles moved up to No. 8 overall, several mock drafts projected the team would select Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. But Stanley is ranked ahead of Conklin by just about every media outlet that scouts prospects, and Philly’s new draft position brings him into play.
A 6 foot 6, 312 pound Las Vegas native, Stanley’s been on the NFL radar for several years. If the Eagles took him, he might sit one season while 34 year old Jason Peters occupies the left tackle spot.
With Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry on the roster, the Eagles have depth at defensive end. What they might not have is a stud pass rusher that can impact the game the way, say, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller did for the Broncos.
Lawson had 12.5 sacks at Clemson last season and would likely be available at the No. 8 spot.
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
It’s not common for a team to use their first round pick on the same position in back to back years, but Treadwell would make some sense for the Eagles. Last season’s top selection, Nelson Agholor, struggled to make a consistent impact as a rookie, while Treadwell is considered to be a potent deep threat.
Even if the Eagles still expect Agholor to mature into a star wide out, they could go after Treadwell. It’d give them insurance at a position of need and the possibility exists that they’d both blossom into stars making Philly’s stable of offensive weapons one of the best in the league.
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Though the Eagles signed three defensive backs yesterday, there appears to be room for a starting cornerback. Ron Brooks was added for depth and Leodis McKelvin is a veteran who could serve as a nickelback.
That leaves only second year pro Eric Rowe as a likely starter at the position. Perhaps the Eagles would take a first rounder like the 5 foot 11, 192 pound Hargreaves in hopes of establishing a young and dynamic duo of cover corners.