Eagles Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the course of the next several months, let this page serve as your Eagles mock draft headquarters.

We’ll constantly update the following table with projections for who the Eagles could select with the fourth overall pick.

Last updated: Feb. 18

 
Player
Position
School
Explanation
Russ Lande, NFPEric FisherOTCentral MichiganAfter an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl, where he convinced everyone in attendance that he can be a high end starter, the Eagles know selecting him gives them insurance in case Peters has any issues and stabilizes the right tackle position if Peters is back to his old form for the 2013 season.
Tony Pauline, USA TodayStar LotuleleiDTUtahSome will argue Lotulelei is the draft's top player. He offers a remedy for the Eagles' porous run defense and the ability to line up in a 3-4 or 4-3.
Mel Kiper Jr./ESPNDee MillinerCBAlabamaYou might expect Chip Kelly to score points, but he's always put a great emphasis on his defense too. Milliner has elite grades in terms of awareness and ball skills, and he's a physical corner who can push wideouts off routes. And he can flat-out tackle.
Todd McShay/ESPNLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&MWest Virginia QB Geno Smith is a possibility here, but Joeckel is one of the top three overall prospects in this class and would be tough to pass up. New head coach Chip Kelly favors smaller, more athletic linemen like Joeckel, who would take care of a desperate need for an overall talent and depth upgrade along the offensive line.
Gil Brandt/NFL.comChance WarmackOGAlabamaThe Eagles fill a need by making Warmack the first guard picked in the top 10 since 1997.
Matt Miller, Bleacher ReportStar LotuleleiDTUtahStar Lotulelei has a chance to be the first player off the board for Kansas City, so finding him here at No. 4 is a steal for the Eagles. Lotulelei's versatility will allow him to play tackle or end, depending on the front used, and is a great pairing with 2012 first-rounder Fletcher Cox. 
Josh Norris, NFL.comLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&MObviously, if Chip Kelly has full confidence that Jason Peters will return to form, this pick might not happen. Joeckel showed a few rough edges against Florida, but he fits the style of offense Kelly ran at Oregon -- if that is indeed the direction he intends to go.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.comJarvis JonesOLBGeorgiaNone.
Daniel Jeremiah/NFL.comStar LotuleleiDTUtahThe Eagles are focused on getting bigger on defense as they adjust their scheme with a new coaching staff. Lotulelei would form an excellent tandem with last year's first-round pick, Fletcher Cox.
Charles Davis/NFL.comStar LotuleleiDTUtahNone.
Albert Breer/NFL.comDee MillinerCBAlabamaNone.
Peter Schrager/Fox SportsDee MillinerCBAlabamaHe’s the next in a long line of great Alabama corners to enter the NFL Draft. He’ll be a good fit in Philly.
Rob Rang/CBS SportsLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&MThe safer choice might be to wait until a round or two for a passer better suited to the scheme (perhaps Florida State's E.J. Manuel or Arizona's Matt Scott) and add the left tackle capable of protecting him here in Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated overall prospect.
Dane Brugler, CBS SportsLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&MAlthough Jason Peters' injury situation will be a factor in Philadelphia choosing a tackle - as will the type of offensive linemen new head coach Chip Kelly seeks - Joeckel has the chance to grow into one of the NFL's best.
Don Banks/SI.comGeno SmithQBWest VirginiaSmith's talents aren't a perfect mesh for Kelly's up-tempo offense, but he's got enough mobility to get the job done, and his pocket-passing skills are NFL ready.
Optimum ScoutingLuke JoeckelOTTexas A&MUp for consideration for this pick is Ryan Nassib, who may be a sneaky good fit for this Chip Kelly/West Coast offense hybrid, but would be a reach here, Eric Fisher, who may work better in space for Chip Kelly’s offense, or Joeckel, who still retains the value of the drafts best tackle, for now. It’s no lock that Joeckel is the best (reviewing his film to compare he and Fisher), but at this point, the Eagles go with the best OT in the draft.
Scott Wright/Draft CountdownDamontre MooreDE/OLBTexas A&MMoore was tasked with replacing Von Miller in College Station and even though those were big shoes to fill he was up to the challenge. Moore racked up 38.5 tackles for a loss and 21.0 sacks the past two seasons for the Aggies and was arguably the nations most explosive pass rusher.

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  • daggolden

    Dee Millner is to much of a risk IMO. He may be the best DB coming out but he isnt a impact CB. He is very solid.Wouldnt take him at 4. If Joeckel, Jones, Star arent there I move down if possible and get another draft pick. Chance Warmack is absolutley a monster if you ever watched Bama play. I know I know I dont want a guard eithier. Move back and pick up another draft pick if the big 3 arent there.

    • wtf

      You must have NEVER seen Millner play. Ever.

      • CJ

        It depends on what you’re looking for in a CB that high. I’ve seen every Bama game the last two years (huge fan), and I love what Millner brings to the table. He’s a leader, he’s physical, he can tackle, and blitz. All the things that you want in a solid starting corner in the NFL. However, I don’t know that he has the elite speed to run with the speedsters and, though technically sound, isn’t a game changer with lots of interceptions. In terms of projecting him to the NFL, for me, he’s a #2 corner who fits any scheme. But you want your #1 corner to have that elite outside speed, and pick the ball off, and I’m not sure Millner can do that. Besides, you never blitz your top corner, that’s just stupid. I’d spend a top 10 top 15 pick on a #2 corner if I knew he was a perfect fit and there was virtually no risk (and no better player on the board), however, I wouldn’t spend a top 5 pick on that guy. I LOVE Millner, but he is a tad overrated in this draft.

  • 1972

    jarvis star or joeckel. In that order for me

  • JofreyRice

    I’d wager that Joeckel will be there. KC spent a first rounder on Branden Albert, and is finally getting a big return on that investment; they’d be nuts to let him leave in free agency. They have absolutely no answer at QB, though. Jacksonville is set with Eugene Monroe and Oakland has a very good LT in Jared Veldheer.

    I like the idea of drafting Joeckel or Star, I think either of those guys are top-flight talent that can be key players through the rebuild, but I think Star is a more valuable player, because of his possible impact on each game. If they can find someone desperate for the top tackle, one of the crappy QBs, or Milliner, I’d definitely try to trade back; off the top of my head, I can think of the Cardinals, Chargers, Jets, or Bills that may want to swoop in and get their guy at #4. I’m sure Kelly is going to want offensive selections, so it would be nice to have extra picks to do the necessary work of rebuilding the defensive secondary with quality players. I’d love to see them come out of the draft w/2 high-round safeties and a CB to develop; maybe even a S-CB-S for the first 3 rounds.

  • aub32

    I don’t know if I would jump on Joeckel so quickly. I think Fisher has shown he can really play, and he may be a better option in a run heavy system. Also, targeting him will allow us to move back with either ARZ or BUF who are after a QB, or in ARZ case Joeckel. That additional pick could allow to pick up two defensive starters that would help us transition to a 3-4 if we decide to go that route or bolster the secondary.

    • Graham

      I really hope they do this…

  • The Guru

    I’ve said this before, but the Eagles have to go with the pick with the least amount of risk. Milliner isn’t going to be Champ Bailey, but he will be a very solid CB for the next decade. Sure Jarvis Jones could be Von Miller, but he could also be Derrick Harvey. He’s a giant question mark. The other factor is if we’re running a 4-3 or 3-4.

    If we switch to a 3-4, the nose tackle is a cornerstone piece of the defense and are not easy to find. If Star Lotulelei is there, he absolutely has to be the pick.

    • makarov123

      I agree with you on Jones, and will add I’m not sure about the utility of an OLB/DE as high as a top 5 pick. I also agree on Star, but add if they’re not moving to a 3-4, he isn’t worth it. You can find competent 4-3 DTs lower.

      All in all, the “elite” talent in this draft is not as exciting as some years. Luke Joekel probably qualifies, but I sincerely doubt he is available at #4. I wouldn’t cry if we could get a 2nd this year + something next year and trade down 5-8 spots – even if that means passing on Milliner. While the top 10 isn’t particularly exciting, this draft is deep, and the Eagles have a number of holes to fill – at least 2 if not 3 in secondary + a WILL even if they stay with a 4-3 front. The Eagles can’t go into Lehigh thinking either Chaney or Matthews is a starter quality LB.

  • Damien

    Trade down to #15 if Star, Joeckel, and Jones aren’t there. Pick up a 1st next year, a 2nd this year, and a 4th this year with that pick.

    1. Chance Warmack, OG
    2. Matt Elam, SS
    2. Aaron Colvin, CB
    3. David Quessenberry, OT/OG/C
    4. DT
    4. Brian Schwene, OG/C

    • aub32

      That’s a pipe dream. The Cowboys traded from 14 to 6 last year and only gave up their 1st and a 2nd. No one is giving you that much for anyone in this draft.

      • Sb2bowl

        Correct- I remember the Cowboys last year were told that “they wouldn’t have to pay full price for the pick”…………. obviously that made them extremely happy. 8 spots in the first round for a number 2

    • CJ

      I’d much rather see who falls to 4 and, if not Star, see if the Rams will offer both their 1’s this year for someone they like. I don’t care about next year, this is all around a pretty solid defensive draft, and it’s worth taking advantage of. I’m really high on Warmack too, but assuming Peters is OK I’d rather draft an OT and move Herramans inside and prolong his career since he’s 30, coming off injury and we just extended him. Get a Safety late in the first such a Vaccaro or Elam, NT in the 2nd rd, and whoever they get with that first pick can be gravy. Whether it’s a Dion Jordan/front 7 help, or a big WR that can actually play like a Justin Hunter, or an OT like Eric Fisher doesn’t make much difference to me, they need all of the above. But for the 3-4 to work, they arguably need a safety and an NT more than anything else.

  • Beanskino

    I think they move back in the draft and get picks for next year in order to scoop up manziel!

    • PK_NZ

      I don’t think Manziel is going to be draft eligible next year…

      • http://twitter.com/CoolG64 Glenn A. Smith

        He’ll be a reshirt soph, thus eligible (3 years out of high school)

      • CJ

        He’ll be eligible, Glenn’s right, but he’s a chump. No thanks. I’d much rather have the Bridgewater kid from Louisville next year.

  • Joe H

    Hey Sheil, since we’re drafting 4th and there’s only 3 choices before us, could you add another column listing the 3 players the analyst is predicting ahead of the Eagles? I thought that could be useful info…

  • Koy Detmer

    Would like a play maker on defense first and foremost. I know it’s a big if, but if the o-line comes back healthy next year, the starters should be set and we should only be looking for depth, not a top 5 pick. Star, Jones, or Milliner would all be ideal.

  • makarov123

    I have no problems with Star, Luke, or Milliner off the top of my head (still haven’t watched much film) – but I don’t think Luke will be there when the Eagles pick. I don’t think Geno Smith is worth a top 10 pick, even though he could go as high as #1.

    If we take a freaking Guard in the top 5, then Howie Roseman better hope I never meet in person. The reason is simple. You can get a good Guard much, much later in the first. You should be able to get an adequate one in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. I don’t care if Chance is the best NFL guard to ever play the game. The utility of a guard is lower than any position on the field that sees 3 snaps for every set of downs. Picking one in the top 10 is dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • Johnathan Birks

    I predict a lot changes after the combine. Even before that, we have to see if the 3-4 rumors are true or false. That said, Joeckel has to be the pick if he’s there, which seems iffy. Otherwise I’m fine with Millner. Our secondary was pathetic, and has been for years now.

  • eaglefaninrva

    Great idea. Definitely my one stop draft shop. Any chance of adding height/weight to chart?

  • PK_NZ

    Trade down would be my 1st, 2nd and 3rd option. Yes, easier said than done, but we need an influx of Coach Kelly type of guys who will be the backbone of our future Super Bowl runs…

  • aub32

    Some of these proposed trade I have seen are ridiculous. There’s no Luck or RG3. Hell, there isn’t even a Julio Jones. Teams aren’t going to sell the farm to get any of the top players in this draft. Last year the Cowboys only gave up their 1st and 2nd to move from 14 to 6 and get a blue chip player. Thinking that we would get more than that for anyone available is just fantasy madden trade talk.

    • PK_NZ

      If Luke Joeckel does fall to our pick, I’d say there’s a good chance somebody comes calling with a somewhat improved version of Cowboys trade last year… and then we might get Eric Fisher to play RT. One can dream…

      • aub32

        No one inside of the top 15 is going to give more than a first and 2nd to move up. If Joeckel falls, that will mean KC picked up Geno. With no Geno, and someone trading up to get Joeckel, ARZ will undoubtedly draft Fisher. In this instance, we would be lucky to get Lane Johnson, all so we can pick up an additional 2nd next year or 3rd this year. I would rather just trade with ARZ, let them take Joeckel, and we take Fisher. Maybe then you pick up an extra 3rd or if you’re lucky a 2nd.

        • PK_NZ

          Most draftniks have ARZ reaching for a QB though, same with Buffalo… either way, no point debating…

  • Some kid

    Star will prob b the best out of the top look at both super bowl teams the always have impact dlines n that gives running room for LBs to run and CB u can find later there’s always quality DBs espically when u only have to man up for 3 secs n let the line do work