Philadelphia Eagles Rookies 2020

What Should Fans Expect From the Eagles 2020 Rookies?

  • Auburn
  • Casey Toohill
  • Davion Taylor
  • Eagles
  • Jack Driscoll
  • Jalen Hurts
  • K'Von Wallace
  • NFL
  • Oklahoma
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Prince Tega Wanagho
  • Shaun Bradley
By Max Derringer August 31, 2020 0 Comment
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Training camp is underway and the start of the season is fast approaching, so what should fans expect from the Eagles rookies in 2020?

With 10 draft picks in the 2020 NFL draft, there are plenty of new faces on the Philadelphia Eagles roster and a lot of excitement about what each player can potentially bring to the team in their first season. Expectations are high for each of the Eagles’ rookies, but historically speaking what should the expectations be?

The Brawl Network already detailed what the expectations should be for the Eagles rookie wide receivers in a previous article.

In this article we will compare the remaining Eagles rookies to how the average drafted player at their position fared in their perspective round since 2010 and determine what Eagles fans expectations should be.

Second Round

QB Jalen Hurts

The Eagles selected Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick of the 2nd round. This pick was a very controversial pick among the Eagles fan base.

Reports so far is that Jalen Hurts has looked impressive in training camp, but unless Carson Wentz suffers an injury its hard to see Hurts having enough playing time to meet the average production.

In Hurts’ case it is not fair to compare him to the second round quarterbacks such as Derek Carr or Andy Dalton who were expected to start right away.

Hurts could be a valuable player in the near future, either on the Eagles or another team.

Rookie Year Verdict: Below Average (Unless Wentz gets injured)

Third Round

LB Davion Taylor

The Eagles selected Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor with the 103rd pick of the draft.

There have been 30 4-3 Linebackers drafted in the 3rd-round since the 2010 NFL Draft

     # of players      %
   Played a Game 29 96.7%
Recorded a Tackle 28 93.3%

Of the 28 3rd-round 4-3 linebackers that recorded a tackle:

   Games       Starts        Tackles      Sacks       Ints   
Total 394 159 1347 2981 9
Avg. Rookie Season 14 6 48 1 0
Extrapolated to 16 games 54 1.5 0

While Davion Taylor does have incredible speed and coverage ability for a linebacker, he has been labeled a project by many in the draft community.

Taylor’s biggest obstacle is the fact that he has not been playing football for very long, so learning a NFL defense may take time.

The Eagles defensive coordinator also does not have a history of giving rookie linebackers significant snaps.

Thus far, Taylor has not been practicing as a starter in training camp and has had most of his reps focused on special teams.

The Eagles probably don’t expect Taylor to play a role on defense in 2020, but expect Taylor to be a pivotal player starting in 2021.

Rookie Year Verdict: Below Average

Fourth Round

S K’Von Wallace

The Eagles selected Clemson safety K’Von Wallace with the 127th pick of the draft.

There have been 33 safeties drafted in the 4th-round since the 2010 NFL Draft

     # of players      %
   Played a Game       31 93.9%
Recorded a Tackle 29 88.8%

Of the 29 4th-round safeties that recorded a tackle:

   Games       Starts        Tackles      Sacks       Ints   
Total 365 99 835 3 10
Avg. Rookie Season 13 3 29 0 1
Extrapolated to 16 games 37 0 1

The pick was considered by many to be one of the steals of the draft.

Wallace has already made an impression on his teammates with his confidence and his leadership to date.

K’Von Wallace’s rookie role will likely be as a sub package safety and also special teams player.

If Wallace continues to impress he may find himself on the field more often than people may expect. His training camp performance bodes well for his chances of having a significant role on defense in his rookie year.

Rookie Year Verdict: Above Average

OT Jack Driscoll

The Eagles selected Auburn offensive lineman Jack Driscoll with the 145th pick of the draft.

There have been 43 OT/OG drafted in the 4th-round since the 2010 NFL Draft.

     # of players      %
   Played a Game  28 65.1%
Recorded a Tackle 18 41.8%

Of the 28 4th-round OT/OG who played a game:

   Games       Starts    
Total 239 115
Avg. Rookie Season 9 4

Jack Driscoll is yet another Eagles rookie that has stood out in camp thus far and teammates such as defensive end Brandon Graham have given the rookie praise.

Driscoll is projected to be a backup swing tackle in his rookie year, but has the ability to play multiple positions.

He will likely be active on game day and be the second offensive lineman off the bench after fellow offensive tackle Matt Pryor.

Rookie Year Verdict: Average

Sixth Round

LB Shaun Bradley

The Eagles selected Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley with the 196th pick of the draft.

There have been 41 4-3 Linebackers drafted in the 6th-round since the 2010 NFL Draft.

     # of players      %
   Played a Game  31 75.6%
Recorded a Tackle 25 61.0%

Of the 25 6th-round 4-3 linebackers that recorded a tackle:

   Games       Starts        Tackles      Sacks       Ints   
Total 303 58 553 11.5 0
Avg. Rookie Season 12 2 22 0.5 0
Extrapolated to 16 games 29 0.5 0

Expectations are generally very low for a 6th-round rookie, but Bradley has made notable plays in training camp.

Bradley will primarily be a special teams player, but he has the potential to be on the field for limited defensive snaps.

Rookie Year Verdict: Above Average

OT Prince Tega Wanagho

The Eagles selected Auburn offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho with the 210th pick of the draft.

There have been 55 OT/OG drafted in the 6th-round since the 2010 NFL Draft.

     # of players      %
   Played a Game  28 50.9%
Recorded a Tackle 16 29.1%

Of the 28 6th-round OT/OG who played a game:

   Games       Starts    
Total 191 81
Avg. Rookie Season 7 3

Tega Wanagho fell in the draft due to injury concerns, but has acclimated himself well in training camp.

The Eagles have a history with late round offensive line picks performing well after developing with the team for a few seasons.

If the Eagles don’t suffer any injuries, the expectation is that Tega Wanagho will be a game-day inactive for the majority of his rookie season.

Rookie Year Verdict: Below Average

Seventh Round

DE Casey Toohill

The Eagles selected Stanford defensive end Casey Toohill with the 233rd pick of the draft.

There have been 38 4-3 defensive ends drafted in the 7th-round since the 2010 NFL Draft

     # of players      %
   Played a Game 21 55.6%
Recorded a Tackle 15 39.5%

Of the 15 7th-round 4-3 defensive ends that recorded a tackle:

   Games       Starts        Tackles      Sacks       Ints   
Total 166 3 138 14.0 1
Avg. Rookie Season 11 0 9 1 0
Extrapolated to 16 games 13 1.5 0

Toohill has the disadvantage of converting from a linebacker in college to a defensive end in the NFL during a shortened off-season.

Even with this transition, Toohill has made plays in training camp, showing he is up for the challenge.

The issue for Toohill is that his spot on the roster may come down to a numbers game as the team already is loaded with defensive end prospects.

If Toohill does not make the team, he should pass through waivers and join the Eagles practice squad.

Rookie Year Verdict: Below Average (Practice Squad)

Conclusion

The 2020 Eagles rookie class has the potential to be the teams best draft class since 2016.

Eagles fans should be excited about the 2020 rookies, but also acknowledge that the majority of them will contribute more in future seasons.

The most encouraging part for Eagles fans is that even if half of the rookies pan out, the 2020 draft can pay major dividends for the Eagles during this season and beyond.

 

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