A bunch of new mock drafts have been released in the past few days. Here’s a roundup of who analysts are projecting for the Eagles at No. 4.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan:
The Eagles could easily go with a cornerback at this spot, but they should be able to address that need in the second round. This move would reunite Jordan with both his head coach and defensive line coach from Oregon.
Russ Lande of The Sporting News predicts Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher:
For Chip Kelly’s offense to succeed he needs offensive linemen that can block effectively out in space. Fisher combined with a healthy Jason Peters would give their offensive line a big boost and also provides insurance in the event that Peters does not get back to his pre-injury form.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com thinks it’ll be Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner:
Milliner isn’t just a “guy.” He’s the next in a long line of great Alabama corners to enter the NFL Draft. He’ll be a good fit in Philly — playing for whoever’s coaching them next season. Milliner won’t be working out at his Pro Day, and some thought he was less than impressive in Indianapolis, but I think he’s a Top 5 pick.
Charles Davis of NFL.com has a new name to add to the mix: Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson:
Here’s a surprise for you. The Eagles have all of their tackles coming back — some off injury — but judging from Chip Kelly’s offense at Oregon, Philly needs an athletic guy who can really move.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com has the Eagles going with Utah DT Star Lotulelei:
Many will question this selection after Star was given an incomplete medical report due to a heart issue. Keep in mind, the medical wasn’t failed, doctors just want the massive defensive lineman to receive multiple opinions. Lotulelei might be classified as a nose tackle, but he is much more than that and adds a lot of versatility to the Eagles’ front seven.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com thinks it’ll be Milliner:
The Eagles’ secondary was a mess in 2012, surrendering a team-record 33 touchdowns. Expensive veterans Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were huge disappointments and it’s possible that neither will be with the team next season. The physical, long-armed Milliner would be an immediate upgrade at a position new head coach Chip Kelly valued highly while at Oregon. Milliner revealed at the combine that he will need to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn labrum but the tough, long-armed cornerback is expected to be fine in time for training camp and so the injury shouldn’t impact his stock.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com has the Eagles going with Fisher:
Fisher (6-7 1/4, 306) ran real well and was strong; in short, he looked to be every bit what I thought he was. He’ll be one of those guys who starts at left tackle for a long time. The Eagles could use the offensive line help.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com predicts Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel:
Just like other positions on the Eagles’ depth chart, offensive tackle looked to be a strength, but injuries have really taken a toll on this team. Although 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 most consistent blockers.
Brian Billick of NFL.com goes with Alabama guard Chance Warmack:
Quite possibly the cleanest player on the board. Landing Warmack and getting a couple of healthy players back could make this a good offensive line.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com goes with Jordan:
Chip Kelly looks to his old school to get a pass rusher.
Charley Casserly of NFL.com goes with Lotulelei:
You go to the 3-4 defense, you need a nose tackle.
Mike Tannenbaum of NFL.com also goes with Lotulelei:
A two-time team captain at Utah, Lotulelei is a great complement to the finesse players of Philadelphia as a big, strong, stout guy.
Scott Pioli of NFL.com predicts Warmack:
The Eagles need help on their offensive line. Warmack is the best player in this draft at this point in time.
Tony Pauline of USA Today says it’ll be Jordan:
Jordan is a natural fit for the 3-4 defense and a good fit for Chip Kelly, his former college coach.