Morgan Epstein grades the Philadelphia Eagles 2016 NFL Draft. Does Philadelphia have a bright future after drafting Carson Wentz with the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft?
2. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State B Grade
The Eagles gave up a lot for Carson Wentz. Wentz has Pro Bowl potential.
Wentz will have to sit out as a rookie. That's why this pick got a B grade.
79. Issac Seumalo, C, Oregon State B Grade
Issac Seumalo has the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle. Obviously Seumalo would start out as a depth player.
Over time I can see him being a Kevin Mawae type of center with better versatility and footwork if the Eagles are patient with him. Right now this pick gets a B grade since Seumalo may not start right away.
153. Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia B Grade
There were better running backs available like Arkansas's Alex Collins. Still Philadelphia needs a running back so this pick gets a B grade since Smallwood exceeded 1,000 rushing yards at West Virginia.
164. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, LT, TCU A Grade
I thought this was the Eagles best pick. Halapoulivaati Vaitai did a great job keeping Shawn Oakman from getting pressure on Trevone Boykin. Vaitai can sit out a year and learn behind Jason Peters at left tackle after playing the same position at TCU. That's why this pick gets an A grade.
196. Blake Countess, CB, Auburn C Grade
The Eagles needed a cornerback. I still cannot believe they passed on Jonathan Jones who has better speed and coverage than Blake Countess. Countess is better at forcing turnovers and is more versatile on tape with the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety so you cannot fault this pick completely which is why I gave the Eagles a C grade at 196.
223. Jalen Mills, FS, LSU A+ Grade
Jalen Mills in the seventh round was by far and away the Eagles best pick. He has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. Mills has the ability to be a future starter on this defense despite being a late-round pick.
240. Alex McCalister, ROLB, Florida D Grade
Alex McCalister has character issues. He's a great pass rusher, but is a much better scheme fit for the 3-4. Philadelphia is switching to a 4-3 under Jim Schwartz. The fact that McCalister would be a backup in Philadelphia is the only thing keeping this pick from getting an F grade.
251. Joe Walker, MLB, Oregon B+ Grade
Philadelphia uses their late round pick to draft another Oregon middle linebacker to replace Kiko Alonso. This isn't a bad pick so I'll give it a B+ grade.
Philadelphia Eagles Team Grade: B Grade
Overall this was a solid draft for the Eagles. Whether Carson Wentz does better than current starter Sam Bradford will be what defines the Eagles draft in five years from now after the Eagles gave up so much for Wentz.
It looks like Bradford will start over Wentz. Wentz is gunning for his job and one more injury by Bradford or too many regular season losses from a poor start will signal the end of the Bradford regime and the beginning of the Wentz era in Philadelphia.
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