Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

The NFL announced the list of compensatory picks for the 2017 draft and the Eagles weren't awarded any.

They're still going to get one, though. 

Thanks to the trade with the Browns to move up to No. 2 in last year's draft, the Eagles got back a conditional fifth-round pick that has now turned into a fourth. 

Basically, if the Browns received a fourth-round compensatory pick, the Eagles would get it. The Browns were awarded two (Nos. 139 and 142), so the Eagles get one. According to a league source, the Eagles will get No. 139 overall, the higher of the two.  

This is the first year teams are allowed to trade compensatory picks. The Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Chiefs were each awarded four compensatory picks. The highest compensatory pick awarded this year belongs to Miami at No. 97 in the third round. 

The Eagles still don't know where they'll pick in the first round -- either No. 14 or 15. That will be determined by a coin flip next week at the combine in Indianapolis. They have eight draft picks in total.

Grading the Eagles' 2017 NFL draft haul

Grading the Eagles' 2017 NFL draft haul

The 2017 NFL draft is over, so naturarally it's time for the national experts to grade teams' draft classes before any of the draftees ever hit the field. Here's what the experts are 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.

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." 

Hard times fuel no-quit attitude of Eagles 3rd-round pick Rasul Douglas

Hard times fuel no-quit attitude of Eagles 3rd-round pick Rasul Douglas

There were times when Rasul Douglas wanted to pack it in.

While playing football at Nassau Community College, Douglas struggled financially. After sleeping on the floor and not having enough money for food, Douglas thought about quitting football and heading back to East Orange, New Jersey.

“I mean, when you have to walk to McDonald’s in the snow and you order five things and you eat two of them at 12 o’clock and you save the other two dollar-menu things for later on in the day," Douglas said. "I think that was one of my craziest days.”

But Douglas didn't quit.

He performed well enough to get noticed by Division I schools and eventually went to West Virginia, where he led the nation in interceptions last season with eight.

The Eagles took him with their third-round pick, 99th overall, on Friday night.

For a kid who was unsure about where his next meal was going to come from to reach the NFL, Douglas' story is already one of triumph.

“I always think about [the hard times]," Douglas said. "Every time I eat, I always think I’m making up a meal I missed in junior college or something like that. I always make a funny joke, so I always think about it.”

Last year's 99th pick, Browns linebacker Joe Schobert, signed a four-year deal worth just under $3 million, with a signing bonus of just under $634,000. That kind of money will signal a huge life change from where Douglas was not very long ago.

But Douglas was really close to giving it all up.

He thought about leaving Nassau Community College, but his coach got him to stay. And Douglas credits his high school coach Marion Bell for getting him to go to junior college when he wasn't planning on it.

In high school, Douglas said he wasn't the best player on his high school team, but he's made it much further than many of his teammates.

"A lot of the guys went back to the streets," said Douglas, who grew up in East Orange with five siblings.

Douglas was on the Eagles' radar before the Senior Bowl in January, but it was that week in Mobile, Alabama, when he really caught their eyes.

The one thing Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas said stood out about Rasul Douglas was the young player's toughness, which likely grew out of difficult circumstances.

"Yeah, definitely, you see that as a player, and his resiliency — it's a great story — and you see that toughness shine through, just the way that he plays," Douglas said. " He's a tough-minded kid now."

The 21-year-old Douglas will come in with a real opportunity to play as a rookie with the Eagles, who don't have a ton of depth at cornerback.

Douglas made it to the NFL, but he's going to make sure he never forgets the tough times he went through.

“Definitely fuels me all the time," Douglas said. "Just thinking about what I went through – practicing on an empty stomach, going to school on an empty stomach and you can’t even focus. So that definitely just makes me want to play all out and hard all the time."