By Blake Barstar
After an historic Super Bowl victory, The Philadelphia Eagles have been busy in free agency as they look to repeat last seasons success. The question that has been buzzing around the city of Philadelphia is who should the Eagles take with the No. 32 overall pick in the NFL Draft?
One of the positions that could be addressed in the first round of the draft is Cornerback. Jaire Alexander, a cornerback from the University of Louisville, is an energetic defensive playmaker that’s capable of covering in the slot and the outside. Alexander could be a great replacement for former Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson who is now on the New Orleans Saints.
Another position that could be addressed in the first round of the draft is Tight End. Dallas Goedert, a tight end from South Dakota State, is an excellent route runner and a tremendous pass catcher that can create problems for opposing defenses. Goedert can add much needed depth to this position after the Eagles let go of Trey Burton and Brent Celek during free agency.
But the player that the Eagles should take with the No. 32 overall pick in the NFL draft is linebacker Dorain O’Daniel, out of Clemson University. O’Daniel, who is listed at 6’1’’ and weighing in at 215, had an outstanding senior season helping to lead the Clemson Tigers to the College Playoff. In his 2017 season, O’Daniel recorded 88 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 sacks, and a 5 pass deflections. O’Daniel’s draft stock varies, some experts have him outside of the first round while others have him as high as the top ten. The reasoning behind this is that O’Daniel has only started full time for one season and is considered small for an NFL linebacker. However, this shouldn’t stop the Eagles from drafting him because they prefer drafting linebackers who are slightly undersized but very athletic.
O’Daniel would be a great asset to this Eagles defense since he’s able to play all of the linebacker positions. O’Daniel is the type of player that can play all three downs and with Jordan Hicks coming off an injury he would add great depth to the Eagles linebacking core. Drafting O’Daniel would feel like the right pick at the end of the first round as he displays great upside for his future NFL career.