After letting Brandon Graham test the free agent market, the Eagles were in need of someone to replace him. Coach Skellington and crew were looking at getting younger on the defensive line and looked to find Graham’s replacement in the draft. This was until the perfect free agent fell into their laps in LE Everson Griffen. Griffen who had no offers in free agency was offered a 1 year $7.31m contract to start for the Eagles and he accepted. Griffen who in his old age still has good block shedding and pass rushing moves. He will anchor the left side for the Eagles.
With only $7m left the Eagles were content on walking away from free agency with a little bit of cash left to spend. This was until superstar running back Raheem Mostert called the Eagles front office looking for an offer. Coach Skellington couldn’t believe his luck, and the Eagles put in an official bid. With several teams fighting for Mostert’s services the Eagles final contract offer was accepted. Mostert will be splitting carries with Sanders as the Eagles move to a dual threat superstar backfield. The Eagles officially ended free agency with just $2m left to spare.
With most of their needs now filled, the Eagles had the luxury of picking the best player available in the draft. WIth the 26th pick in the PML draft, the Eagles were hoping MLB Shane Lee to fall to them, however, he was selected by the Saints a few picks ahead. Even though they have 2 superstar corners on the roster, the Eagles officially selected CB Josh Jobe with their first pick. His combination of size, speed, and zone defense made him the perfect candidate to learn from Slay Jr and eventually replace him.
For their second pick, the Eagles knew they wanted to go defensive line and were blessed that DT Tommy Togiai was ready and waiting to be selected. With former DT Hargrave moving to DE, the Eagles needed a second pass rushing tackle and Togiai will fall into that spot. Togiai has good size, strength, blocking shedding, and power moves. He will be a player that the Eagles hope will learn from Fletcher Cox.
With the third and fourth pick in the 26th round, the Eagles selected LOLB Azeez Ojulari and Right End Jordan Williams. The Eagles had a second round grade on Ojulari. They were impressed by his pass rushing abilities, and felt that he could be a player they could mold. The Eagles selected Williams as a player who they felt had good measurables and who could be a starter after a year learning from their veteran pass rushers.
With their 6th pick, the Eagles were looking for depth at offensive line when they noticed that the Hesiman winner was still left on the board. Even with one of the best running back duos in the league, the Eagles felt the Hesiman winner was too good of a selection to not select with their pick. They officially picked HB Hassan Haskins with their 6th pick. The Eagles hope that he can dominate in the preseason, and be gifted with a superstar ability.
Overall, the Eagles went defense in this draft. They stood by their need to get younger at the defense line and adding those two pieces will help for the future. If Ojulari can develop as they feel he can, in two seasons we could see all three rookies as starters. The Eagles feel confident in all of their picks and hope that at least one of them will be gifted with a superstar ability.