Eagles leave day two of the draft with two WRs in Matthews and Huff

The Eagles started the day with a 2nd round pick and two 3rd round picks, but they ended the night with only two players…and they were both WRs. Philadelphia started out with the 54th pick, but traded that and their 4th round pick (#122) to the Titans for the 42nd pick in order to move up to draft WR Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt. The Eagles later traded their 83rd pick to the Texans for a 4th rounder (#101) and a 5th rounder (#141). They used their other 3rd round pick, #86, to draft another WR in Josh Huff from Oregon. If there was any team that was wheeling and dealing yesterday, it was the Eagles.

They will actually start out the draft with the first pick of day three after trading for Houston’s 4th rounder. In addition, they have two 5th round picks and a 7th round pick. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see that change again at some point, but that’s where it stands as of now. They still have not addressed the defensive back need, which is troubling, but who knows what they’re trying to do at this point. It just seems like they’re missing out on a lot of top players while settling for others that seem like reaches.

As for the picks they actually made, at least they took care of the need at WR. But, it seems as if they overcompensated a bit by taking two in their first three picks. Was that really necessary? Head Coach Chip Kelly loves to have tons of weapons to use on the field, but only so many of them can play at once, and neither of the guys they drafted are going to be their top two guys. It seems like all of their picks so far have been on either guys for the not-so-near future or just backups to fill in as depth. In my opinion, that’s not the way to approach the draft when there are other positions that have greater needs, and I can’t stress that enough, but Kelly’s strategy is clearly much different.

Matthews finished last season with incredible stats, posting 112 catches for 1,477 yards and 7 TDs. He also has both size and speed, a combination that Kelly seems to love in his receivers. And as per the tweet right above, Kelly wants him to play slot, which is something that they need. So is this really a good pick? Yeah, I really like it, and I was content with their receiver group with him, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Arrelious Benn. But then they decided it wasn’t enough, that they had to take another guy. So they added Huff, who was basically a reach in the third round. After trading for the top pick in the 4th round, they probably could’ve still gotten him. But maybe they just didn’t have anyone else they wanted, which worries me because it means that they might reach for someone in the 4th round too.

Huff had 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 TDs last year at Oregon, another impressive stat line. That’s better than most Eagles WRs have ever put up in the past few years. He also can contribute as a returner, a place that they’ve been struggling greatly with for the past decade minus DeSean Jackson’s outbursts early in his career. But again, was this pick necessary right there in the third round, especially after just taking a WR the round before? No, not really. They could have done without him and gone with a CB or S instead, but they didn’t. No matter how I look at it, it doesn’t seem like the greatest pick they could’ve made, but it’s definitely not the worst.

Going into the final day of the draft, they still need a CB, S, G, and T. The first two are bigger needs because they need another safety on the roster, and they might want to replace Cary Williams or Bradley Fletcher either this year or next year. Also, I’d like to see them take a backup lineman to start providing some depth to their aging group of starters. Other than that, I’m not sure what they’ll do. It’s hard to predict exactly what they’re going to do, but I’m just hoping it makes sense in the grand scheme of things.

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