Two playmakers on the Eagles' big board entering the NFL Draft Thursday night are Johnny Ross and Corey Davis. The last thing the team needs is to be booed off the stage in front of millions of viewers across the country.
Douglas, Jones and Hollins are part of an Eagles' draft class that, at least on paper, appears to be an impressive haul. Once he is ready to play though, his athleticism and skill will provide a clear improvement in the secondary for the Eagles unit that has struggled for many years.
With the current allegations that Gareon Conley is facing, the stocks are rising for cornerbacks who were originally ranked behind him. While even an Alabama lineup is a far cry from an National Football League one, it's still encouraging. That athleticism, at 6'3 and 259 pounds, brings versatility as he can drop into coverage should the occasion arise. Both are decent corners, however they are not the long term answers that the Eagles need.
From time to time, though, he'd get into pickup football games in the park, and a coach at nearby East Orange High was persistent with Douglas and eventually convinced him he could play high school football and perhaps go further. "That's a huge deal". He said he could play in a 4-3 defensive scheme as a lineman, or in a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, or lineman.
The Eagles medical staff went beyond just cornerbacks, and even football players, when researching the recovery rate for athletes who rupture their Achilles tendon.
Does it start to drag for you during the late rounds?
No one - not me, not you, not ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., not even Eagles coach Doug Pederson - knows for sure how they fared.
If he can help the Eagles' defense become a championship-caliber unit, he'll continue to hear plenty of cheers from fans in the City of Brotherly Love.
While the Birds did spend in the offseason to add Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, neither is a long-term commitment. But whatever happened to Buddy Ryan snarling at Jerome Brown, who seemed to be taking too long to recover from injury, "you can't make the club sitting in the tub?"
The Eagles have already allocated a large amount of their salary to the defensive line between Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox.
Tennessee's 2016 Consensus All-American has a first-round grade following his outstanding junior season and impressive showings at the NFL Combine, UT Pro Day and individual workouts. With the bulls he finished with 33 sacks. Tight end Evan Engram, defensive tackle Dalvin Robinson and quarterback Davis Webb? Reuben Foster was the anchor of the Crimson Tide defense and deserves to be a top five selection based on talent alone.
His pass-rushing abilities made him a first-round prospect, but there are still several questions he'll have to answer as a pro. "But that's not unusual just to him". "We're going to see".
The Eagles have had a solid draft through three picks, which is saying something given the tumult all around the draft board. We knew it wasn't a Howie Roseman draft when the Eagles stood pat at 14 while offensive studs Corey Davis, Mike Williams and Christian McCaffrey came off the board in rapid fire order.