Grading the Eagles' 2017 NFL Draft Haul

Now that the 2017 NFL draft is over, it's time to assign meaningless grades to each team's haul before any player selected has even takes the field. That hasn't stopped the national experts from weighing in though. Here's what they're saying about the Eagles' draft:

Mel Kiper, ESPN, B+
Kiper says the Eagles "needed to shore up its defense and it did that pretty well" with the picks of first-round DE Derek Barnett and second-round CB Sidney Jones.

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Pete Prisco, CBS: B+
Prisco loves the Barnett pick in the first round, calling Barnett possibly "the best pass rusher in this class," but believes the Eagles took a risk with Jones in the second.

Nate Davis, USA Today, C+
Davis likes third-round pick Rasul Douglas' big-play ability, but questions whether fourth-round running back Donnel Pumphrey can withstand the rigors of a full NFL season.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated, B+
Burke likes that the Eagles addressed their needs at defensive end and cornerback and says that Pumphrey "could be Darren Sproles 2.0."

Chad Reuter, NFL, A-
Reuter's only gripe with the Eagles' haul is the health of Jones, who might miss his rookie season while recovering from an Achillies' injury, "but will be a good corner down the road."

Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports, B+
Kurtenbach says Barnett is a "solid, if not spectacular pick" and Douglas is a "boom-or-bust" prospect at CB.

Mark Maske, Washington Post, B-
Maske questions Barnett's athleticism, but says "getting DT Elijah Qualls in the sixth round was an excellent value." 

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