With the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles select.... ?
That's a really good question.
With 20 of 22 starters returning (and 2 upgrades) from a Super Bowl winning team, the Eagles are in a position where they can truly pick the best player available.
The Birds have been linked to multiple players, at multiple positions, but let's be honest, no one really knows which direction Roseman and company will go in come April 27th.
Let's make the case for a few positions...
On the surface, running back doesn’t seem like a position that the Eagles will look to address at 32 . They already have Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement. Donnel Pumphrey should still get a chance, and they also have interest in a reunion with Darren Sproles.
However, if you dig a little deeper, it makes a TON of sense. Ajayi will be a free agent after this season and has had injury history, Pumphrey could easily be cut, and Sproles is 34 years old and no lock to return.
But what about Corey Clement?!?!
Clement was incredible this past season, especially is the playoffs, but do the Eagles see him as an every down back moving forward?
They don't "need" a running back, and could certainly select one later in the draft, but the "best player available" at 32 may very well be a running back.
The last running back that the Eagles selected in the first round was Keith Byars all the way back in 1986.
The Eagles have Zach Ertz, so on paper you wouldn't think tight end would be first-round worthy, especially considering the Eagles haven't drafted a tight end in the first round since 1988 (Keith Jackson).
But behind Ertz they have nothing.
This is a perfect opportunity to not only build for the future, but also add a major weapon to the offense for 2018.
This tight end class is loaded, and quite frankly I would be surprised if they didn't draft a tight end at some point during the draft, but a stud may fall right into their lap at 32.
Drafting an offensive lineman isn't as fun as running back or tight end, but it may make the most sense.
Jason Peters is 36, Big V was good but not great, and depth is needed at guard.
The last thing the Eagles want to become is the Colts— a team that cannot protect their franchise quarterback. A tackle or guard may not help bring another Lombardi trophy to Philly in 2018, but could set the Eagles up very nicely for the future.
Malcolm Jenkins won't be around forever, and Rodney McLeod will most likely be gone after next season.
Speaking of Jenkins, according to pro football focus, Jenkins only played safety 24% of the time last season. The 32nd pick would be an upgrade over Corey Grahm, so drafting a safety would make the Eagles better in 2018 as well as the future.
Plus, there is no better mentor for a young defensive back than Malcolm Jenkins.