The Philadelphia Eagles hold the 25th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but trades often occur within the first round. This year’s draft could be no different. The Eagles could move up in the draft to acquire a more touted player.
At No. 25 in the draft, it’s clear the Eagles are not the neediest team heading into the 2019 season. While the team’s current roster possesses talent at nearly every possession, some areas could use bolstering. The Philadelphia secondary was among the league’s worst last season. The team’s receiver corps underachieved last season. There are some very talented players in this year’s draft the team could potentially trade up for. In Philadelphia’s current situation, the team can afford to gamble.
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
As the draft draws near, it seems teams are really taking a liking to LSU cornerback Greedy Williams. Some mock drafts have Williams going as early as a top-eight pick, which is a perfect reason for the Eagles to trade up for him.
The Eagles desperately need a solid cornerback to clear up the mess they have in the secondary. Williams’ skill set could be a difference maker for Philadelphia. Cornerback Ronald Darby has shown flashes of brilliance over the years, but the team needs more from him. Williams will not be around long in the draft, so if the Eagles want him badly enough, they’ll need to drum up an enticing offer.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It’s safe to say any team would love to have D.K. Metcalf as a part of its offense. The Eagles would likely love to see how Metcalf does in their offense, accompanied by Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz, and Jordan Howard.
Metcalf is freakish in stature. He impressed at the combine even more than scouts likely imagined he would. Metcalf would be a good addition to a potentially high-powered offense heading into the 2019 season. The Eagles are trying to inject fear into opposing defenses the same way they did during their Super Bowl-winning season in 2017. If the Eagles choose to forgo addressing their defensive needs, it better be because they are taking D.K. Metcalf.
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The verdict is out on Georgia’s Deandre Baker. It’s obvious he has quite a skill set. Previous mock drafts had Baker going late in the first round, but the chances of that happening are dwindling as teams have taken notice of his fantastic potential.
Similar to Williams, Baker would be a great fit for the Eagles; any cornerback prospect would be at this point. Luckily for the Eagles, they now have only one team in the division that could prove to be troublesome for their secondary: The Dallas Cowboys will likely continue to feed Amari Cooper next season. Now that Odell Beckham Jr. is long gone from the NFC East, the Eagles could ease Baker into a division which lacks pass-catching playmakers.