Who Should the Philadelphia Eagles Draft First in 2020?

By Noah Davis in NFL
| April 18, 2020 4:52 am PDT
Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles barely won the NFC East in 2019, but they remain one of the best teams in their division and should have a solid shot at the playoffs in 2020.

To ensure they make it to postseason play, of course, Philly needs to have a good draft and bring in some talent that can make an impact right away.

With the 21st pick in round one, the Eagles are in position to do that. First, they need to assess which players they like the most and who fits their major needs.

Let’s take a quick look at their main needs and which prospects could help them this year.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Biggest Draft Needs

  • Wide Receiver
  • Cornerback
  • Safety

With Nelson Agholor gone and Alshon Jeffery potentially leaving via trade, the Eagles probably need a wide receiver.

The team also struggled against the pass and lost safety Malcolm Jenkins in free agency, so adding help in the secondary makes sense.

The question is which need do they target first, and which prospect can help them the most at the 21st pick?

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

The most pressing need for the Eagles is probably wide receiver, simply due to the lack of talent at the position. Philly got a taste of what this offense can do when DeSean Jackson was healthy, but they can’t just sit tight.

Enter Jefferson, who was a stat monster last year for the national champion Tigers, hauling in 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jefferson boosted his stock when he attached 4.43 wheels to his size and production, meaning Philly could get a game-changing receiver for Wentz.

Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Receiver is probably the big need, but right behind it is defensive back.

The Eagles let Ronald Darby go this offseason, and while they made a big move in trading for Darius Slay, they could still use help at corner.

The Eagles still have Sidney Jones to work with, but he’s struggled with injuries and consistency. Bringing in a talented cover man like Fulton could be just what this defense needs.

Fulton has championship experience, good speed, and has the coverage skills to be a shutdown corner at the next level.

Antoine Winfield Jr. S, Minnesota

If Fulton or another stud cornerback aren’t on the board at 21, the Eagles could try to beef up their pass defense by grabbing a safety.

Both Xavier McKinney and Grant Delpit could be off the board here, so I’d be looking at Winfield as a potential target.

The aforementioned Jenkins left town, and the idea of trusting Jalen Mills at one of the safety spots is troubling, to say the least.

Winfield is a balanced safety with good instincts that offers good recovery speed and projects as a safe, albeit unspectacular, option at the back of Philly’s defense.

Who Will the Eagles Draft First?

Barring a major reach (or more) that has a crazy wide receiver run before the 21st pick, I see the Eagles drafting a wide receiver.

Justin Jefferson is the first guy they should be looking at, as he probably offers the best combination of size, speed, and playmaking ability at this point in round one.

The point is the Eagles need some major help at wide receiver, especially if they want to take advantage of Carson Wentz’s big arm and aggressiveness down the field.

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