Who will Philly Take at the 32nd Overall Pick?
After the 2018 Super Bowl campaign, it’s safe to say that the Eagles have sights on another potential Super Bowl run in the 2018-2019 season. When playing in the playoffs, many teams across the NFL relied on the talent and ability of rookie players to make significant plays in the postseason to progress in the playoffs. As for the Eagles, it is best to evaluate several positions and determine the best pick at number 32 of the first round to continue the championship aspirations beyond 2018 and 2019. I have decided on 4 players that may make a huge difference out of the first round and may be potential Eagle’s greats as long as they produce in the manner of which a Derek Barnett had produced and not on the level of a Marcus Smith draft prospect that had been a bust for the organization since being drafted.
Dallas Goedert has many great tangibles that would make him a viable NFL starter. His hands are incredible, his size is comparable to that of Rob Gronkowski, and he is a competitor. Dallas played in North Dakota St., an FCS program that is comparable to the likes of NDSU in which Carson Wentz was drafted. No matter the level of competition of play and the talent involved, as Carson said before on the Gruden Camp program, “if you can play ball, you can play”, and as for Dallas Goedert, I have a feeling that the same mentality can be applied.
Out of Western Michigan, this 6’5″ 335lb tackle has a lot of work to do if he intends on making it in the NFL. Notable NFL tackle busts are currently playing in the NFL and the most notable/comparable to Okorafor is Flowers from the NYG. If Okorafor wants to strive as an NFL athlete, it is best for him to work on hand placement and initiation of block drills. Slow hands for offensive lineman can be the biggest reason for bust titles being placed on players. In particular, players from lower programs such as Western Michigan may also be less likely to succeed because of the level at which they play in the FBS. As for Okorafor, he was able to play one of the top pass rushers in the FBS level in JJ Watt. Watt had his way with Okorafor, but experience is the biggest component to growth, so if he continues to grow from playing against the best NFL prospects, it is only fair to say that he may have a place in the NFL on a roster that includes a Hall of Famer and his replacement that was a huge asset to the Super Bowl run in 2017-2018.
Jason Cabinda has a lot of admirable traits as an NFL linebacker and I hope that the Eagles consider drafting him at the number 32 pick. He has great run support skills, he has exhibited pass rushing abilities, he has played in the Big 10 as a starter and he can play in a edge rush system. A few times during the regular season, Cabinda was able to line up in a gap position and execute run defense at a high level. If he continues to do so in the NFL, the sky is the limit for Jason Cabinda.
Jaire Alexander: AKA My Personal Favorite at #32
As a viable starter for the University of Louisville, Jaire Alexander has great playmaking ability and tremendous open field tackling skills that compare to the same skills of Malcolm Jenkins. He has ball hawk adaptive skills that help him pursue the football in the air. He has great playmaking ability beyond defensive snaps and could be a great asset in the special teams game. He has the NFL body and the mind to excel at the next level. If he is paired up with great talents such as Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas or even Jalen Mills, Jaire should be capable of demonstrating his talents as an outside threat and may even be able to return some interceptions for touchdowns in 2018-2019.