The beginning of the 2nd round of the NFL draft will begin tonight at pick number 33, with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’ll be followed by the 49ers at 34, then the Eagles at 35. A look at some players who could be of interest at pick number 35 for Philly:
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown is probably the best ILB in this draft class, but the biggest concern is his size. He goes 6’0, 241, which is not ideal, although it’s not like he’s Brian Rolle at 5’10, 229.
Last year, the Buccaneers took Lavonte David with the 58th overall pick. David is 6’1, 233. The Seahawks drafted Bobby Wagner with the 47th overall pick. Wagner is 6’0, 241, the same exact measurements as Brown. Both players were in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles last season:
I’m willing to trade a little bit of size for production at pick 35. Brown would not fill an immediate need, but he could be the eventual successor to DeMeco Ryans.
He’s also the older brother of Eagles RB Bryce Brown. If the Eagles draft him, let’s hope he’s better than Stacy Andrews.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The Eagles were linked to Smith ever since Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly all flew to West Virginia to meet with him. Smith is the latest draft day “green room casuality,” who unexpectedly fell out of the first round. If the Eagles are interested, Smith will have to get past Jacksonville at 33. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt seems to think that’s a good possibility: