Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Grade and Recap

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) is defended by Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Daniel Davie (23) during the first quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Before getting into this year’s draft class, let’s flash back to this time last year. Following the 2014 NFL Draft, fans and analysts alike were questioning the Philadelphia Eagles draft class, mainly due to the very underwhelming first round selection of Marcus Smith III. The Eagles seemingly reached for the Louisville product and in the third round, the Eagles, according to most analysts, jumped the gun again, selecting the former Oregon Duck, Josh Huff.

In the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, it is vital that teams are able to acquire players who the team can count on to contribute with in the first two years of being drafted. Last year, only Jordan Matthews, the Eagles second round pick, supplied the Eagles with solid production, while Josh Huff, the Eagles third round pick, showed some flashes late in the season and Marcus Smith III only played a handful of snaps and contributed absolutely nothing to the Eagles defense last season.

With that in mind, the Eagles knew they couldn’t afford to have a repeat of last year’s lackluster draft, and it showed. The Eagles, spearheaded by Chip Kelly, opted for safe selections in the first two rounds. However, as the draft wore on, things got more interesting for the Eagles.

Now, without further adieu, let’s dive in to the Philadelphia Eagles draft selections to see how the Birds graded out in the 2015 NFL Draft.

54. The Eagles suffered quite a blow this offseason, with Jeremy Maclin taking his talents to Kansas City, leaving the Eagles with a major hole to fill at wide receiver. While the Eagles have some very young and talented receivers on their roster already, they were missing a number one receiver. On Thursday night, the Eagles drafted their number one receiver. Nelson Agholor is very comparable to Jeremy Maclin, measuring in at almost identically with the former Bird. Agholor was a very productive receiver at the college level, gaining notoriety for being a reliable receiver because he is very sure-handed. <p>The selection of Agholor was a safe pick for the Eagles, especially with some boom-or-bust prospects on the board. Agholor has a very high floor and will be able to provide the Eagles with solid production from day one. Can the selection of Agholor at twenty been seen as a bit of a reach, possibly, but more importantly, was the selection of Agholor a good pick? Absolutely!</p> <p><strong>Grade: B</strong></p> <p>Agholor is a perfect scheme fit, a high character person, and he fills a position of need. Great selection by Chip Kelly.</p>. WR. USC. Nelson Agholor. 20. player

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