NFL Insider hints towards Eagles potentially trading up in the draft
The NFL Scouting Combine wraps up in Indianapolis tomorrow with teams now having a better idea of what this draft class can provide.
Edge rushers will be a hot commodity in next month’s draft with the Eagles expected to be firmly in the mix to add defensive talent. In fact, Philadelphia may be willing to trade up in the draft to get their guy per NFL Insider Dan Graziano of ESPN:
“Teams here were enamored with Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo, a candidate to go in the first half of the first round and Mel Kiper Jr.’s No. 11 prospect. Teams believe Ojabo needs to add bulk but that he can, after he weighed in at 250 pounds. And he honestly hasn’t played very much football; he switched from basketball during high school and didn’t play as a freshman in college.
The thought on Ojabo is that if you get him now, you could have a superstar at a critical position in two or three years. To me, that sounds a lot like the kind of guy the Philadelphia Eagles like to draft, and they have three first-round picks (Nos. 15, 16 and 19). Keep an eye out there. They could even move up to get an edge rusher if there’s one they really like.”
While Aidan Hutchinson was the star of the Michigan defense, David Ojabo had 11.0 sacks and five forced fumbles of his own last season. At 6’5″ 250 pounds, Ojabo has tremendous speed and shiftiness for a guy his size.
Derek Barnett and Ryan Kerrigan are both likely headed to free agency and Ojabo’s explosiveness off the edge could fill an immediate need. With Brandon Graham, 33, also coming off an Achilles injury, one of the Eagles’ three first-round selections will undoubtedly be used to bolster the position.
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