Philadelphia Eagles rookie Andre Dillard poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the 2019 NFL Draft.

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The Eagles' NFL Draft Got a Bit Confusing After the First Pick

April 28, 2019 - 10:16 am

The Philadelphia Eagles' 2019 NFL Draft is in the books.

How the team did with their five picks remains to be seen. We might not know for three or four years how good the newest Eagles are or whether they were indeed the correct picks. For now, you can grade the draft on two key areas -- fit and value. Did top personnel executive Howie Roseman get good value with his selections? Do the players seem to be a good fit on their new team?

Here is a report card for the five Eagles picks:

Round 1, Pick 22: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Draft classes are judged heavily by what a team did with their first pick, and for the Eagles, that means the success of this class rests on the shoulders of Dillard. The good news is Dillard seems primed to make this a strong draft class. The best pass-blocking prospect in the draft, Dillard has a track record of playing at a high level while also having the elite athleticism to think he can play even better. What is perhaps most impressive about Dillard is that he allowed only one sack in college and was flagged for only four holding penalties last season -- a sign he is almost never outright beaten off the line of scrimmage. The Eagles look to have found their eventual replacement for Jason Peters.

Value Grade: A

Fit Grade: B

Overall: A

Round 2, Pick 53: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Considered the top running back in his recruiting class coming out of high school, Sanders played sparingly at Penn State, which is good for two reasons. First, he has far less mileage on his body coming of of college as opposed to other running backs. Second, there is reason to believe he has only just scratched the surface of what he can be. The one worry about this pick? Roseman has had strong draft classes for years by ignoring the running back position. He didn't reach for Sanders, but it is fair to wonder if this was the running back worth breaking his philosophy of not taking running backs early. Sanders is good at a lot of things, but not elite at any. The Eagles needed a pass-catching running back, but Sanders does not have a track record of being able to make plays out of the backfield as a receiver. Still, the upside is there, and in this Eagles offense, he should be put in plenty of positions to make plays.

Value Grade: B-

Fit Grade: A

Overall: B-

Round 2, Pick 57: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

The Eagles had a need at receiver heading into the draft, and they addressed it -- but it wasn't in the way everyone expected. Arcega-Whiteside put up productive numbers in college, but it isn't clear what his role is on the Eagles. He is closer to Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins as a player than he is to DeSean Jackson or Nelson Agholor, the two players the Eagles eventually need to replace. The fact Arcega-Whiteside put up the majority of his numbers in college by simply outmuscling defenders is slightly concerning, considering the level of athlete he will now face in the NFL. Arcega-Whiteside does not do a great job creating separation and doesn't have elite speed. He does, however, have great hands. This pick wasn't a complete reach at No. 57, but there seemed to be better options on the board that might have been a better fit, such as Ohio State's Parris Campbell.

Value Grade: C

Fit Grade: D

Overall: C-

Round 4, Pick 138: Shareef Miller, DE, Penn State

The Eagles waiting until the fourth round to take a defensive linemen is shocking, considering the elite-level talent available at the position. Miller might not have been viewed as one of the best prospects at his position, but his stats in college are impressive. Miller finished with 47 QB pressures and 8.5 total sacks last season, according to Sports Info Solutions. His production also increased each season, a very positive sign. He is not a great athlete. Miller was in the 37th percentile in the 20-yard shuttle, the 12th percentile in the vertical jump and the 5th percentile in the bench press. His arm length and wingspan are also in the middle of the pack at his position.

Value Grade: B-

Fit Grade: A

Overall Grade: C+

Round 5, Pick 167: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

This pick was the biggest head scratcher of the Eagles draft. It wasn't that the Eagles took a quarterback -- it is that they took this quarterback at the spot they did. Thorson projects to come to the Eagles as the third quarterback, and there is a pretty good chance he is on the practice squad this year. One positive for Thorson is that he comes from a pro-style offense, something that will make his adjustment to the NFL easier. The negatives, however, outweigh that positive. Thorson's numbers in college were horrible, the offense struggled with him under center and he comes to the NFL having already torn his ACL. This pick felt like the Eagles were simply taking a quarterback to take one, as opposed to taking the best player on the board.

Value Grade: F

Fit Grade: D

Overall Grade: F

2019 NFL Draft Overall Grade: B-

By Eliot Shorr-Parks