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2017 NFL Draft analysis: Philadelphia Eagles

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Derek Barnett poses for photographs after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater in Philadelphia, PA on April 27, 2017. Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI
Derek Barnett poses for photographs after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater in Philadelphia, PA on April 27, 2017. Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI | License Photo

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have no timetable for when their second-round draft pick, cornerback Sidney Jones, will play. Jones was rated as one of the draft's top two corners and a probable top-15 pick before rupturing his Achilles tendon at his Pro Day in March.

He would have been a serious consideration by the Eagles with the No. 14 pick if he hadn't gotten hurt. They ended up taking him in the second round with the 43rd overall pick, even though he may not play at all this season.

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"We're going to just make sure he's healthy and ready to go," executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. "We're not going to rush him. Because we believe he can be an impact player for us for a long time going forward when he gets back out on the field."

Wide receiver Mack Hollins, who the Eagles selected in the fourth round of the draft on Saturday, is a collector of exotic animals. He has two snakes - a ball python and a sunglow python. He considered buying an alligator recently, but his roommates objected. That's nothing compared to his father, though, who had a lion when he was growing up in Ohio.

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"His dad had it in a big cage in his yard," Hollins said. "I guess in Ohio, the (exotic animal) permits aren't as difficult to get."

How the Eagles drafted:

Round 1/14 - Derek Barnett, DE, 6-3, 259, Tennessee

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Barnett broke Reggie White's sack record at Tennessee. Twenty-eight of his 33 sacks came against SEC competition. He will compete immediately for playing time.

Round 2/43 - Sidney Jones, CB, 6-0, 186, Washington

Jones figured to be one of the top 15 players off the board until he tore his Achilles at his Pro Day in March. The Eagles think he could be ready to play by midseason, but won't rush his recovery and are prepared to let him sit the entire season.

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Round 3/99 - Rasul Douglas, CB, 6-2, 209, West Virginia.

Douglas' eight interceptions last season were the most in the FBS. He isn't the fastest guy in the world; he ran just a 4.59 at the Scouting combine. But he has great anticipation and ball skills and is a physical player who can match up against big receivers.

Round 4/118 - Mack Hollins, WR, 6-4, 221, North Carolina

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Hollins is a big target with good separation skills who averaged more than 20 yards per catch at North Carolina. He also probably is the draft's best special teams player, not including return men. Which is a big deal for the Eagles, who have been ranked No. 1 in special teams in two of the last three seasons.

Round 4/132 - Donnel Pumphrey, RB, 5-8, 176, San Diego State

Pumphrey is an undersized runner with explosive athleticism and finishing speed. He rushed for more than 6,400 yards at San Diego State. Has been compared style-wise and usage-wise to the Eagles' Darren Sproles.

Round 5/166 - Shelton Gibson, WR, 5-11, 191, West Virginia

Was one of the top deep threats in college football the last two years. He had 13 catches for 50-plus yards. He's a good yards-after-the-catch receiver, but not the most physical guy in the world. Can return kicks, which could be his ticket to a roster spot, at least early on.

Round 5/184 - Nate Gerry, S, 6-2, 218, Nebraska

A big safety with good speed who could provide depth at a position where the Eagles need some. Should also be able to help them on special teams.

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Round 6/214 - Elijah Qualls, DT, 6-1, 313, Washington

Qualls is a big guy with pretty good movement skills. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will be able to move him around the defensive line.

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