Eagles Mock Draft Roundup

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.

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  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    Jordans a playmaker – which we desperately need.

    • Stephen Stempo

      I agree but at the same time setting the cb for the next 5+ years is also intriguing. So is getting a stud nt. or an anchor at ot to put opposite peters. The eagles are sadly in a position where all three make sense.

      • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

        I would put more weight in other positions than NT at 4 if it was me. I don’t think you need a special player to be an effective nose tackle. I’d rather go the FA route at NT and pick up any guy who can eat a double team.

        Now, if Milliner, Jordan, and Joeckel are gone, then I think Star is the pick. But his heart problem is a HUGE red flag. I wouldn’t be surprised if he falls out of the top 10 because of it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1340276463 Paul Costello

          If there were a plethora of ‘guy[s] who can eat a double-team’ around, I’d be inclined to agree. Where do we find such men? Is there an orchard?

          • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

            Roy Miller from TB, Sammie Lee Hill from DET, or pick a guy later in the draft,

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10505854 Corey Dawson

      It comes down to what they do in free agency. There are good corner and OLB options there and it’s going to be a major point in determining what they do in the draft. I see them picking up a young FA corner with upside and a veteran FA OLB.

    • Token

      I like Jordan. But where are all these plays he was making? This guy is projected high based on potential, not production. Thats always a worry. This time of year it seems everyone is trying to find reasons to tout players that werent that productive and find every flaw possible to knock down guys who produced.

      • Wilbert M.

        Jordan could possibly be another Ernie Sims.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    C’mon Charles… Lane at 4?

  • Fink

    Assuming our OL comes back healthy, I don’t see how we can draft anything but defense with our first two picks. Lets pick up an OT in FA and build this defense with young studs.

  • aub32

    I would like to see them go Fisher or Jordan. There are plenty of other holes on this team. So arguments could be made for CB or DT, but I would like to see them use the pick to solidify a group. Picking Fisher will give us a solid to really good line, assuming everyone returns healthy. Jordan would give us the SAM we need to make a solid LB corp, with graham, curry, or cole playing the predator position.

    • Wilbert M.

      Everyone is going crazy over Jordan’s athleticism, but he isn’t a good pass rusher and he’s not a great tackler. #4 is too high for a guy with those kinds of weaknesses.

      • DuckFan

        Did you just say Dion Jordan isn’t a ‘good pass rusher’? Do you think he’s projected as a first round pick because of his TE experience? You must not have watched much Oregon FB the last few years…

        • Wilbert M.

          I admit I didn’t watch much Oregon FB, but I’ve watched about 20 minutes of Jordan’s highlights. I have to assume the highlights are just that – his highlights. What I saw was Jordan bouncing off offensive linemen. He doesn’t seem to have the push to move guys. I’m also worried about his lack of tackling fundamentals. He dives and doesn’t wrap up. These are just my opinions. Take a look at the highlights that were on this site and more on YouTube and you can see what I saw.

          All of that might be fixable, but he’s not a sure thing.

          • GoBirds1

            AGREED! Take Barkevious Mingo! this guy is a stud.

  • Absecon

    I think you will see what position on the D Line is most valued for the scheme that Davis wants to run…if it’s NT, then they go with Lotulelei (if he is cleared medically by then), if it’s a stud rush/cover OLB they go with Jordan. They can run an offense with the personnel under contract, but the new D with what we have?…scary thought…If not these two, then maybe Milliner.

  • JofreyRice

    I’ve said this before, but I don’t think you draft Star at 4 to play NT, I think you draft him to play LE in the base defense, and move inside on passing downs–if everything checks out with his heart. I think they’ll try and get a mid-level vet NT in free agency. Temple’s Pot Roast Knighton from Jacksonville, Sammie Lee Hill from Detroit, Roy Miller from Tampa Bay–any of these guys could man the nose and give you some quality play in Base D.

    Milliner has pretty good measurables, and played well at Alabama, but I still disagree with Schrager about the pedigree of Alabama CBs. He’s a good run defender and has shown he can press–which is hugely important in the defense it seems they’re going to run, but a guy like Milliner has to prove he can effectively backpedal, and transition to show his portability to any system. Now, if they know they want Milliner to play man-to-man with the “tilt” or “Saban Shuffle” that Milliner is familiar with, maybe he’s a slam dunk.

    If they’re taking a guy from Alabama, I’d prefer they take DJ Fluker in the 3rd. I think the guy might be able to play Tackle, in a pinch, but could probably come in and immediately unseat Watkins at RG. I think he’s a big upgrade at Guard on Jake Scott. I think the line is going to look a lot better with a more attacking run-based offense. Of course you’ll have to replace Peters and Herremans and Mathis eventually, but if they’re all back healthy, that time isn’t now.

    Right now, for this team to be viable, they have to stop giving up passing TDs every time a team gets into the redzone. If they can at least get down to giving up 22 ppg instead of 28, and prevent those points in the 4th quarter when teams are airing it out, trying to get back in it, I think they’ll have a fighting chance of putting up some W’s. For my money, the best guy for that is Kenny Vaccaro. He’s got the most complete skill set, can cover the slot, blitz, play deep, and provide run support. He’s got fantastic instincts, and is a high-character guy that can eventually become a locker room leader.

    I recently listened to Scott Pioli who admitted that one of the big mistakes he made with Kansas City was underestimating the importance of leadership in the locker room. He mentioned that in 2010, when the Chiefs won 10 games, he had Mike Vrabel, Brian Waters, and Thomas Jones, and that there was some level of management that they provided, that the Head Coach didn’t have to worry about. He also talked about a similar atmosphere in NE, where Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison would call teammates out behind closed doors and refuse to accept half-assed effort. I think we need that here, and I think losing Brian Dawkins was a big reason why the team has been so bad recently. I was cool with them letting Dawkins go from an on-field stand point–he had definitely declined to the point where they were using him as an undersized linebacker. What I failed to realize was that there was no one on the roster capable of stepping into the leadership void he left behind.

    I think the Eagles need to get back to getting high-character players like Vaccaro that love the game, and are unwilling to lose every week as long as they’re collecting a paycheck.

    • Token

      Couldnt agree more with that last statement. Sure you need guys with talent, but getting guys who genuinely love the game and work hard to get better at their craft cant be understated.

      I can stand losing games with guys who give a shit and are trying to progress. Im completely done with the Michael Vicks who spew the same bullshit each off season about how they are going to be improved and dont change anything. DRC could be such a player if he liked to play football. But the guy just doesnt. He just wants that retirement deal. Hope the Eagles wont be the one giving it to him. How Aso isnt cut already is a mystery.

      • xlGmanlx

        Say what you want about Vick and his successes, his effort can’t be questioned last year. His attitude wasn’t the problem, results and teammates are just as related to the poor showing.

        • JofreyRice

          I don’t disagree with that, but there has been a serious lack of leadership on the squad during his tenure as QB–I don’t think you can discount that. The guy is really tough, and has the unquestioned respect of the locker room, no one is denying that. Obviously, he’s come a long way in his personal and professional maturity, but I think he’s had to invest a lot of time and effort at just getting himself right. The fact that he had to make all those comments about guys not putting out full effort to the *media* meant that either he didn’t, or couldn’t, get that message to play out in the locker room.

          • xlGmanlx

            I’m not saying Vick is the answer, but you can’t fault some one for trying to lead by example. Personally, I have no problem with his actions on the field and as they relate to football, even outside of it. Bottom line though is he didn’t provide the results needed, so there needs to be an open QB competition. For all we know, he tore his team apart in private, not likely but since we aren’t in the complex M-S, we are only speculating. He made stupid mistakes and put the ball on the ground, we also had the worst line in the NFL, might be related might not

      • JofreyRice

        Yep. I was wrong about Dawkins. Still a huge hole there, and not just on the field. I mean, you look around at the squad, Asomugha eating a can of tuna-fish in his car alone, DRC prancing all around the field gingerly, Cullen Jenkins getting into a screaming match with Reid for half-assing it, then DeMeco laughing about it afterwards? And DeMeco is supposed to be the torch-bearer for leadership, right? I don’t know, seems like until they get guys that love football, and are willing to hold each other accountable, they’ll just be a collection of athletes playing a game. If Kurt Coleman had any athletic talent at all, he’d be someone to build around, but he just sucks at the game.

  • Token

    Just cant get on board with taking the tackles at 4. You want a tackle then trade down and try to pick up another 1st next year to give you ammo to move up for a QB. Tackles dont change the fortunes of a franchise.

    Grab a free agent to play right guard. Draft lineman a bit later.

    With how quickly Kelly wants the ball out I dont feel the need to draft a lineman at 4. They can get a good player that fits there scheme a little bit later. Vick also makes any line look worse. Even the make shift line was better with Foles, who isnt some great QB. Getting the ball out on time is the key.

  • Josh Murray

    This draft is deeper than most in the recent past. Maybe not the superstars, or absolute #1-5 stars that we have had lately, but, this also means there is less of a drop off after the top 5 this year as well. Trade down. Let the bills move up and get their franchise QB, let anyone trade up and stockpile picks. We have too many needs not to. And what i haven’t seen anyone talk about is safety. We NEED a safety, or two…badly. We have money, lets fill some holes in FA and have less needs when our picks come around….

    • GoBirds1

      Howie said he had trouble evaluating safety talent. Really Howie, like we needed that admission to figure that out. Hopefully with Gamble on board the draft three or four in this deep safety draft. There are some real gems in the later rounds.

  • xlGmanlx

    As long as they hit in rounds 1-3, I’m happy with all the prospects discussed. Something that Reid didn’t do well was nailing rounds 1-3, which hurt the team in depth and overall talent. If they build off of last years draft, this should be interesting.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Lotuleilei’s heart condition makes him too risky. I doubt Joeckel stays on the board until #4, and I just don’t think Milliner represents good value at #4. Warmack is a guard. I’m guessing Fisher or Jordan.

    • GoBirds1

      Doesn’t Star’s heart condition reek of steroid use?

      • PaoliBulldog

        I’m even less qualified to answer that question than to opine that Lotuleilei’s heart problems are chronic and debilitatiing. But I’m not concerned so much with the cause of the cardiac problems as much as with the prognosis. If this issue had been caused by dehydration (as some writers suggested right after the news broke), then why hasn’t there been an official announcement to that effect? I fear that Lotuleilei suffers from cardiohypertrophy and that his NFL career is over already.

        • GoBirds1

          You seem to know something about it, cardiohypertrophy, can’t that be caused by steroid use?

  • Mikeq

    Somebody tell Peter Schrager the Eagles hired Chip Kelly.

  • Cooper

    Joeckle or Fisher at #4. If neither is available, take Floyd to wreak havoc with Cox!

    • jdimagg55

      As a gator’s fan I’ve seen Floyd a lot. He is not a top 5 pick and better suited as a 4-3 DT. I’m not sold on Star either. In my opinion, S. Richarson is the best interior defensive lineman in this draft, but once again, he is best suited as a 4-3 DT. The eagles need a 3-4 NT and can get good value by targeting Jesse Williams from Bama in round 2-3, or Kwame Geathers from GA in round 4-5.

  • BlindChow

    If anyone knows Jordan, it would be Kelly and Azzinaro. So if they think he’s worth the #4, I’d have no problem with it.

  • jdimagg55

    Jarvis Jones is the best player in this draft. He’s a no brainer pick to me, especially with the switch to the 3-4. Jones will be the best cover LB in the NFL from Day 1 and he will get you double digit sacks.

  • peteike

    please solidify Oline, its the safest pick that can play at a high level for yrs to come. If players come back healthy then even better. Since some are getting older you have to start that rebuild regardless. Do it with pick #4, its a no brainer. Too many risks with the other picks. After Bynum, I dont want Star although he seems like a very logical fit minus half his heart barely working.