Proving there’s more than one way to build an NFL champion, the Philadelphia Eagles won it all last season without a 1,000-yard rusher or 1,000-yard receiver and without their starting quarterback on top of all that.
But in keeping the same philosophy after losing Carson Wentz of distributing the football more evenly than most of their peers, they were able to succeed well beyond reasonable expectations.
What’s more, they did it without complaint.
Allen Park — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn played it coy heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, saying he felt his team had enough running backs to be competitive. But Quinn clearly felt the need to add another option from the deep pool of talented prospects at the top of this year’s class.
Hybrid safety. Needs to get stronger and better at defeating blocks. 116. Dorance Armstrong Jr., DE, Kansas Grade: B- Nice size and length. Flashes of bend, but not consistent with his hands. Fair amount of power. 117. Jordan Whitehead, SS, Pittsburgh Grade: B+ Short and small. Speed. Surprising pop. Solid range. Tons of needed investment in secondary, which is what TB needed.
Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama Grade: B- Lanky. Limited strength. Supreme speed. Lacks hip fluidity. 119. Kyzir White, FS, West Virginia Grade: B Bradley gets more speed for this defense. White better at LB than S. Downhill run thumper. 120. Will Dissly, TE, Washington Grade: D Way too early. Some blocking prowess but not a true people-mover. Not a separation TE and lacks speed. 121. Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State Grade: C+ CB is sneaky need for the Bills, but where’s the WR? Johnson was ultra productive at FCS level. Grabby at times. 122. Kenny Young, ILB, UCLA Grade: A- Has speed issues but reacts quickly, sheds blocks, and thumps against the run. Nice depth add.