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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles Draft Class2nd overall:


Philadelphia Eagles Draft Class

2nd overall: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

79th overall: Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State

153rd overall: Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

164th overall: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU

196th overall: Blake Countess, CB, Auburn

233rd overall: Jalen Mills, FS, LSU

240th overall: Alex McCalister, DE, Florida

251st overall: Joe Walker, ILB, Oregon

This draft class will always be defined by Carson Wentz. There is no getting away from that fact after the amount the Eagles gave up to move from their original pick of #13 to #2 for the small school gun slinger. So, let’s talk about Wentz. Firstly, a lot of people had him as the best quarterback available. While Jared Goff may have the edge in experience Wentz’s bigger frame and edge in athleticism are good traits when the pass rushers start flying at you and he is also adept at picking apart zone coverages. Yes there are some weaknesses, he can lock in on receivers and doesn’t always have the strongest mechanics when throwing on the run, but those can be worked on. I like what I have seen from Wentz, I’m not sure I would have given up as much as the Eagles did but if Wentz ends up being their Andrew Luck/Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers then it was worth the price they paid. With the rest of their draft the Eagles pulled in some good depth players across the offensive and defensive line as well as strengthening the back seven of their defense which was decimated when Howie Roseman pulled apart the team Chip Kelly had left him.

Grade: B

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Grade: Philadelphia Eagles

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