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Philadelphia Eagles: Grading Each Pick of the 2015 NFL Draft

Admit it you were expecting Chip Kelly to pull off a dramatic Sonny Weaver Jr., move in the actual draft day.  Sure it's a movie, but haven't you been feeling as if Kelly has been playing the role during free agency? 

But alas, on draft day he pretty much stuck to the script.  And well it was anti-clamatic.  But was it good for the team?

Here are the draft picks and grades for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Round 1 (Pick 20): Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver, USC

Jerry Maclin is gone.  Enter Nelson Agholor.  Agholor has tremendous upside.  He is an excellent route runner.  He can play outside and in the slot.  And he can play immediately.

Grade A-

Round 2 (Pick 47): Eric Rowe, Defensive Back, Utah

Last season the Eagles secondary ranked in the bottom against the pass.  With the acquisition of Eric Rowe they have a player who has played both free safety and corner.  Yes, the Eagles picked up both Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond during free agency.  But Thurmond is a question.  This is a pick that strengthens an area of need.

Grade A

Round 3 (Pick 84): Jordan Hicks, Linebacker, Texas

Yes, the Eagles have Mychal Kendricks, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Brad Jones, Najee Goode and Emmanuel Acho at linebacker.  But rumor has it Kendricks might be traded.  And Alonso, Ryans and Goode are all coming off season ending injuries. 

But what about the gaping hole the Eagles have on the offensive line?  Not to mention still some work to do in the secondary. 

Hicks has high football IQ.  But he also had season ending injuries in 2012 and 2013.  So.....reach for a non-necessity?

Grade C

Round 6 (Pick 191) JaCorey Shepherd, Cornerback, Kansas

Shepherd was a wide receiver who moved to cornerback.  That seems to work well.  This could actually be the steal of the draft.  Shepherd has great ball skills and timing.  In his last two seasons he had 32 passes defended and five interceptions. 

Because of size will probably be a slot corner.  But still addressing an area of need with a pick that has high upside. 

Grade B+


Round 6 (Pick 196) Randall Evans, Cornerback, Kansas State

This is the third cornerback drafted by the Eagles.  So they are addressing their piss poor secondary of 2014.  In 2014 Evans had four interceptions.  He averaged 66 tackles per season.  He is also better than adequate against the run.  On his pro day he ran 4.44 in the 40-yard dash. 

Grade B

Round 7 (Pick 237) Brian Mihalik, Defensive End, Boston College

Not the most athletic of specimans, but at 6'9" and 295 pounds his length catches the eye of scouts and coaches.  More of a developmental player.

Grade C

The Eagles concern for their secondary should be quieted.  But with a delicate quarterback still in the fold it would have been nice to bulk up an aging and injury riddled offensive line. 

The picks were good.  They just weren't the spectacular we hoped for.  But good enough to win?  Time will tell.

Overall grade B-

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