Round 2: Myjai Sanders
Sauce Gardner justifably earned a lot of attention as the star of Cincinnati’s defense last season, but scouts also took notice of Sanders’ ability to get to the quarterback from the edge. The Eagles are likely going to lose Derek Barnett in free agency which should put them in the market for a cheaper successor in this year’s draft.
Sanders is far from the finished article as a pass-rusher, but he has the requisite quickness to beat opposing tackles on the outside. His long arms also give him a chance to develop a sophisticated array of pass-rushing maneuevers in the future.
He has the frame to add weight at the pro level which may be required to stand up against the run. Sanders has good instincts in that department, but he will be vulnerable to physical blocking schemes as a rookie.
The Eagles will need to be patient with Sanders if they want to get the most out of his full potential but the upside is worth the short-term risk. He can be an impact player on obvious passing downs as a rookie which makes him good value in Round 2.