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    [2020] Philadelphia Eagles Welcome the Class of 2020

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    Eagles Nation would like to welcome their 2020 draft class.


    GM Broletariat had this to say about the draft: "Our front office came into this weekend's draft with specific tactical goals in mind rather than broad strategic ones. We feel very confident in our roster and believe that our young team has taken a step forward this offseason following our trip to the NFC Championship Game, but we left some things unfinished. For us, this draft was about finding players who can contribute however they may be asked to and in return they will have the opportunity to make an impact on our season."


    Round 1 (#23) - Martin Whiting, OLB from :unc:North Carolina:unc:

    [62 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble in 2019, All-ACC in 2018 and 2019]




    After declaring for the NFLHC Draft a year early, UNC's Whiting impressed scouts at the combine with a 4.51 40-yard dash time, 36.5" in the vertical leap, and a 6.74 second 3-cone time for a combined 128.3 SPRQ score, good for fifth-best in the entire 2020 class. Despite a disappointing season for the Tar Heels, Whiting was a consistent contributor with 62 tackles, 5 sacks, and a fumble forced, good enough for All-ACC honors for the second straight season. GM Broletariat said he didn't think Whiting would be available into the early-mid 20's but it was an easy call to move up and get him when he was, "We loved Martin's athletic ability, refined technique, and pro readiness. The fact that he was there for the taking at #23 made it an easy decision to go and get him. We can't wait to see him flying around the field wreaking havoc for years and years."


    HC DStack has this to say about his new defensive dynamo, "Whiting looks to be the prototypical 4-3 OLB. I'm excited to pair him with Milligan in our efforts to stop the run and think he can really benefit in learning from Rod as he transitions to the NFL. Even more importantly, Whiting is a major upgrade in pass coverage over the middle where our defense has been exploited in the past. Whiting is another piece that makes it that much harder for OC to gameplan against."


    Bottom Line: Look for immediate improvement against the run and in space against the pass for the Eagles defense in 2020 thanks to the addition of Whiting. He'll start from day one.



    Round 3 (#93) - Kevin Muse, RB from :smu:SMU:smu:
    [308 carries, 1,691 yards, 23 touchdowns in 2019]




    The expression "carried" is thrown around a lot in the context of a single player's importance to a team but make no mistake about it, Muse carried the Mustangs to an AAC Championship and top-25 ranking in 2019 with a gaudy stat line and some marvelous performances. A two-year starter for SMU, Muse is a powerful downhill runner with a punishing style and the ability to finish defensive backs in the open field. However, his stock fell because of a personal conduct issue and concerns about his lack of experience in pass protection as well as shortcomings as a receiver. At the end of the third round, though, Broletariat likes the pick. "Obviously Kevin has some work to do if he wants to be an every down back in this league, especially in our offense which demands participation by runners in pass protection as well as pass catching out of the backfield. We feel that with the right coaching, Kevin will be a force in this league, but for now he will focus on his strengths, which are running between the tackles and grinding out short yardage/goal line opportunities. We think he a high caliber player in those situations right now. The rest will come in time."


    HC DStack offered similar insights, saying "Muse is a guy I've had my eye on for quite some time. He's a punishing downhill runner and tough to bring down between the tackles. He excels in short yardage and goal line situations. Admittedly, Muse is raw and needs work with pass pro and as a receiver out of the backfield. Fortunately, we don't necessarily need him to do those things year one, so he will have some time to develop good habits and learn from behind veteran Troy White and alongside Bryan Davis."


    Bottom Line: Muse will compete with Bryan Davis to spell Troy White and will get looks in short yardage as well as goal line packages in 2020.



    Round 5 (#158) - Roy Davis, WR from :texas:Texas:texas:
    [52 catches, 664 yards, 2 touchdowns in 2019]




    At 6'4, 209 pounds, Roy Davis is a big man to be covered by your typical NFLHC cornerback. It's no secret that the Eagles struggled to convert in the red zone last season, with a combined 13 field goals from within 40 yards (T-4th in NFLHC), so it's not a surprise that the front office would look for a guy like Davis - a huge frame and a history of touchdown production with 17 throughout his career. Despite a statistically down season for Davis, big receivers with a capability to play outside between the 20's and make plays in the red zone can be hot commodities in our passing league. GM Broletariat sheds some light on the pick, "We like Roy's potential and size. He's a guy who played in a tough conference for a premier school in college and has a history of production as well as good hands. He will help us convert our green zone opportunities into six points more frequently. AT seems to be pretty happy about the choice here."


    HC DStack added, "Davis is a product of wanting to get bigger and tougher on the outside. We have burners in Hawkins and Pro Bowler Johnson, but wanted to create favorable matchups against teams that press, and especially down in the redzone where a few too many of our drives ended in a field goal. We liked the value in Davis and like Muse, he won't be asked to do too much in year one. We're excited for this big guy's future."


    Bottom line: Davis will likely battle Cameron Whelahan for reps on the outside opposite Michael Hawkins while Chris Johnson works from the slot. Look for him to play a role in the red zone for the Eagles immediately.



    Round 7 (#226) - Brandon Guillory, SS from :tamu:Texas A&M:tamu:
    [21 tackles, 3 interceptions in 2019]




    With the departure of RJ Dix at strong safety this offseason, the Eagles look to the former Aggie to be an on-call defensive back in the event of an injury to FS Kevin Hartley or SS Joe Johnson. Guillory had nine career interceptions for Texas A&M and despite being fairly raw in some aspects, his nose for the ball could earn him playing time beyond the preseason. At 5'11 201 he may struggle to cover bigger tight ends or solo tackle some power backs but in space he can be a dangerous playmaker. GM Broletariat talks about his newest safety, "Brandon is a gamer. He doesn't have the best scout scores and he's not regarded as someone who will be in the Pro Bowl next season but I think folks will be surprised at how he looks at game speed. We're going to ease him into our defensive scheme and rely on guys like Joe and DeAndre to bring him into the fold but I think he's a guy who could earn some time at some point down the line beyond special teams." 


    HC DStack gave a more realistic comment, "Brandon's a guy whose size we liked and hustle we appreciated. He may never develop into a star in the secondary but we do expect him to be an immediate contributor in all aspects of special teams."


    Bottom Line: Guillory is a long shot for a starting job but will likely make the roster and can keep his spot with special teams. 



    Eagles staff and 2020 draftees will now take questions.

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