Very short one today, just getting a few things out of the way.
First, here is a very good article from Bill Barnwell on Grantland about the NFL draft. If you enjoy the work I’ve done here then Barnwell’s piece will make a lot of sense to you.
Few true high-end talents here, and I don’t expect the Eagles to take one with their first two picks. Travis Kelce has been mentioned a lot as a potential 3rd rounder for the Birds and I think that looks to be about right. Given Kelly’s purported love of TEs though, this is definitely a potential source for a draft-day(s) surprise (something like Ertz or Escobar in the 2nd).
Lastly, I’ve reordered the top 20 prospect chart I presented on Friday. Now it matches the format of the positional groups, so that prospect are sorted by “high” value rather than average rating. Here is the updated chart:
Notice the scale on the left. All of these prospects are graded very similarly. Taking “risk” into account, it appears as though the “top tier” is 9 guys deep, ending with Mingo and before Ogletree. With this in mind, the Cardinals at #7 and the Jets at #9 are the best potential trade down partners for the Eagles. The team can pick up an extra pick (potentially a high 2nd rounder) and still select a “top tier” prospect, though Mingo is actually the only guy in that group I really DON’T want.
That’s all. I told you it’d be short (and this time I meant it).