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Eagles select CB Sidney Jones at No. 43 of draft

Williams is a perfect pick for the Eagles as they build this offense around Carson Wentz. You want to make sure Wentz has playmakers and weapons on the outside. Williams is a big, physical, No. 1 receiver who is a playmaker down in the red zone. He expands the strike zone for Wentz.

They’ve got to get a corner. They’d be stoked, I believe, if they had Wilson fall in their lap. He ran mid-to-low 4.5s (in the 40-yard dash), so he’s not a burner, but he’s a big, physical cornerback.

The Philadelphia Eagles might have found an eventual replacement for diminutive RB Darren Sproles with another back in the same style: Donnel Pumphrey.

The Eagles took the former San Diego State star with the No. 132 overall pick of the fourth round Saturday in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was one of college football’s most prolific rushers over the last three years, and he did it on a 5-foot-8, 176-pound frame. Last year, he capped his career with 2,133 yards on 349 carries at SDSU, and broke the NCAA’s FBS record for career rushing yards with 6,405. He’s also the first FBS player to compile 5,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a career, so while size is a concern, his production isn’t.

The defensive end was drafted with the 14th-overall selection out of Tennessee. NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal projects that Barnett will start on Philadelphia’s re-worked defensive line in Week 1.

With Fletcher Cox back at OTAs after a brief absence and Barnett locked and loaded for the next four years, the Eagles’ front seven can finally visualize its potential for the upcoming season. If the early reviews are any indication, Barnett should thrive under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s guidance in 2017.

The Eagles crowd at the draft knew that Jones was an intriguing value pick. Expected to be a surefire first-rounder because of his competitiveness and ball skills, Jones tore his Achilles tendon at his pro day. The Eagles front office chose to take the long view, knowing that Jones will help them eventually even if he’s not a huge factor this season.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that Jones will start the season on the Non-Football Injury List and could be back on the field by October, if needed. Jones has been compared to his friend Marcus Peters in playing style. Former Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel also comes to mind as a ballhawking, undersized cornerback.

McKelvin signed a two-year, $6 million contract ($3 million guaranteed) with Philly last offseason. Cutting the corner saves the salary cap-strapped Eagles $3.2 million.

The 31-year-old corner was familiar with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s system from his time in Buffalo. McKelvin started 12 games while battling concussion and hamstring injuries in 2016.

Peters is set to make $9.5 million in base salary, and his workout bonuses bump that number to $10.7 million. He’s set to count $11.7 million against the Eagles’ salary cap. While there was some discussion about Peters being asked to take a pay cut, it appears he’ll play this season under that number. Philly has cap issues entering the new league year, but the veteran left tackle owned almost all the leverage.

While the play of the 35-year-old Peters might have fallen off slightly the past two years thanks in part to lingering back issue in 2016, he’s still one of the better left tackles in the NFL, far and away the Eagles’ best option, and would have been by a mile the best offensive tackle to hit the open market if Philly had oddly moved on from the nine-time Pro Bowler.