Best pick: Andre Dillard (OT, Washington St)
Questionable pick: Clayton Thorson (QB, Northwestern)
Sleeper pick: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR, Stanford)
The Eagles got off to a strong start in the 2019 draft by trading up with Baltimore to select one of the class’ best offensive tackle prospects in Washington State’s Andre Dillard. It was a surprise that Dillard fell as far as he did, as some had him slotted in the top ten over the past few weeks. In a class without many true left tackle prospects, Dillard has the pass blocking ability and toughness to stick at the position long-term. With the Eagles’ offensive line pretty much set heading into 2019, Dillard is a great luxury to have knowing that Jason Peters won’t be around forever and that they can be patient with his development.
Philly followed up with two more offensive players in the second round, my favorite of them being Stanford wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Arcega-Whiteside is a bully when the ball is in the air and plays much bigger than his 6-foot-2 stature may suggest. He isn’t a downfield burner by any means, but plays with enough quickness and route savvy to get open and shows excellent body control and ability to adjust to the ball when it’s in the air. Arcega-Whiteside should be an excellent target in the red zone for Carson Wentz, as he was a touchdown machine at Stanford, and may end up as one of the steals of the second round.
With Nick Foles now able to afford to buy the city of Jacksonville and no longer a part of the Eagles’ roster, the team decided to invest in Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson to be the team’s QB2. Thorson was a four-year starter for the Wildcats but will need to get better at diagnosing coverages in order to stick on a roster long term.