Eagles draft injured Washington cornerback Sidney Jones

Eagles draft injured Washington cornerback Sidney Jones

The Eagles waited to target the position, taking defensive end Derek Barnett in the first round. 10 of those 17 touchdowns went for 40 or more yards, and seven went for 50 or more. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Barnett had 32 sacks in three seasons with the Volunteers, breaking Hall of Famer Reggie White's school record.

He's not Marcus Smith redux.

On the night Eagles fans nearly booed National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell off the stage, their silence after the announcement was deafening.

Dallas Cowboys fans cheer during the second round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Jones, though, is another story. The knock on Jones is that he is now recovering from a ruptured Achilles that he endured during his pro day.

In hindsight, that was a clear indication of just how much interest Philadelphia had in Jones, who figured to be in play for the cornerback-starved organization at No. 14 overall had the injury never occurred.

"This whole draft pivots on the health of Sidney Jones, " NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said. With a 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and a 4.92 at his pro day, he seemed embarrassingly sluggish for any football player, much less a pass rusher. A lot is going to happen between now and August.

"He is the type of quarterback where it's nearly like you don't even have to catch the ball, he puts it where it needs to be", Hollins said. He had that quick twitch.

"I don't believe I should have any problem with coming back" he said. Will he be the same guy? Then, he isn't the same player you once had rated so highly. If Jones can return to 100 percent health. "But I think mentally that's where I separate a little bit, like preparing for a game".

I know the thinking that if Jones is fully healed by next season, it will be like adding another first-round pick. And that's the fact that he wasn't even their first choice.

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Last season, Shaheen set a Division II record with 16 touchdown catches. "The thing that stands out: his length, his feet". Joe is vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, who compared Barnett favorably with Ravens star Terrell Suggs .

The Eagles may have been tempted to select running back Dalvin Cook at No. 43, but he went to Minnesota two picks earlier. Four corners went in the nine selections before the Eagles took Douglas, so they probably felt some added pressure to grab a corner who could contribute immediately. The offensive line does a great job of getting me to the next level where I'm not (going to) really take on big hits. That's the prototypical fourth-round pick. It's not a home run class, but the Eagles got better. They have two picks in the fourth round and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

"I got a letter from an Eagles staff member", said Jones, who identified Patch. They get in and out of their breaks faster.

"We just got us a first-round talent at corner", Pederson said. "But Sidney was right up there at No. 2".

Jones' injury is a legitimate concern, and if somebody feels a torn Achilles wasn't worth the gamble in the second round, that's totally justified. Or it might've just been a freak injury. "It usually is something that happens to guys towards the end of their careers". "Guys who play explosive positions, quick switch positions to look at their recovery timetable".

And the Eagles have the unconditional loyalty of Jones, who was all but overwhelmed by the sensitivity shown by Anthony Patch, the team's college scouting director. Both are West Virginia products. "He's seen a lot of games there". "I've learned to appreciate everything that comes my way".

"I dropped two", he remembered.

"Production is huge for Andy and Joe (Douglas)".

"Barnett was one of the nation's most productive players over the last three seasons, finishing among the top three edge defenders in overall grade in both 2015 and 2016". In a few weeks the Eagles will actually be doing football work at the NovaCare Complex - not just stretching and sprinting. They're OK if he doesn't play in 2017.

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