The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the NFC all season long and went on to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history 41-33 over the heavily favored New England Patriots. With the No. 32 overall pick in the draft, the Eagles are hoping to land an impact player to help pursue back-to-back championships but drafting the wrong player could send them in the wrong direction. As such, here are four players the Eagles should avoid in the first round of the NFL Draft:
1) Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Philadelphia wants to add to their offensive line and would be smart to invest in keeping Carson Wentz upright. Brown is a big boy, standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 360 pounds. Despite Brown's size, he struggles with speedy edge rushers and isn't very versatile. If the Eagles take him, there's a solid chance they'll be disappointed.
2) Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Another offensive lineman, Williams is on this list for a different reason - he missed most of his junior year with a sprained PCL and MCL, and the jury is out on how Williams will recover from those injuries. He stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 315 pounds, which is great size for a lineman but he battles in the trenches with some of the strongest players in the league and hasn't been able to stay healthy. Williams is talented, but the injury concerns could scare the Eagles away, especially in the first round.
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3) James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Washington has been the best deep threat in college football, averaging 20.9 yards per catch. He posted three straight seasons with over 1,000 yards in Oklahoma State's offense, catching 74 passes for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017. However, Washington hasn't proven he can be effective being more than a deep threat and scouts worry about his quickness. Philadelphia is likely looking to replace Torrey Smith, but there are better options for the Eagles should they go this route.
4) Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Leonard became a top linebacker prospect this season in which he racked up 113 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, eight sacks, one pass batted, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He has good size and athleticism, but it will take him some time to adjust to the NFL level. Philly needs players who can contribute right away, which Leonard may not be.Back to the Philadelphia Eagles Newsfeed