Here’s our weekly roundup of mock drafts, along with notes on who analysts have the Eagles taking with the No. 4 pick.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has Utah DT Star Lotulelei going to the Birds:
The Eagles have focused on getting bigger on the defensive side of the ball. The trio of Isaac Sopoaga, Fletcher Cox and Lotulelei would be tough to run against.
Click here for our draft profile on Lotulelei.
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com has the Birds taking Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher:
Having added substantial pieces via free agency, Chip Kelly can focus on grabbing an uber-athletic lineman who fits his scheme. Fisher is that lineman.
Charley Casserly of NFL.com also has the Eagles grabbing Fisher:
Both of Philly’s offensive tackles (Jason Peters and Todd Herremans) were hurt last season.
We profiled Fisher earlier today.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld projects Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd:
The Eagles efficiently plugged roster gaps in free agency, signing six new starters on defense and swiss-army-knife tight end James Casey to add a “joker” element on offense. Aside from 2012 first-rounder Fletcher Cox, the defensive line remains a work in progress. Philadelphia intends on drafting the best player available under Chip Kelly, and Floyd would add dynamic pass-rushing ability from the interior on passing downs. Floyd is both a value pick here and addresses a need.
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com thinks it’ll be West Virginia QB Geno Smith:
It will be hard to pass on a QB with the skills and production to run Chip Kelly’s offense. Owner Jeff Lurie was at his pro day, and that rarely happens.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com also says it’ll be Smith:
Michael Vick has proven unreliable. Nick Foles, despite what the Eagles are saying publicly, is clearly not a fit in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Thus, this seems to be the logical spot for Smith, the most gifted talent of an average quarterback class. The Eagles are certainly doing their homework on the strong-armed quarterback. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly traveled to Morgantown to put the former Mountaineer quarterback through a personal workout three days before WVU’s scheduled Pro Day.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com still thinks the Eagles will take 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.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld also predicts Joeckel:
The Eagles can go a variety of different routes after filling immediate needs in free agency, with mostly young players. The most inconsistent group last season was the team’s offensive line, albeit due to injuries, but Joeckel is an athletic blocker and is a future, or current, starter depending on Jason Peters’ health.
Click here for our profile on Joeckel.
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting pegs Oregon OLB Dion Jordan to the Birds:
New head coach Chip Kelly has said that he wants more size and versatility on the defense. While Star Lotulelei would add to the interior of the defense, adding his former dynamic defender may have more value for Kelly’s defense.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com thinks it’ll be Jordan too:
Chip Kelly takes one of his former players to help amp up the pass rush.
Matt Smith of NFL.com is on the Jordan bandwagon also:
Prior to last year’s draft, we tried to pair up Coby Fleener with Jim Harbaugh, his college coach at Stanford. This year, we’re talking about Ryan Nassib rejoining Doug Marrone in Buffalo and Jordan following Chip Kelly to Philly. In this particular case, it makes sense. Jordan is an athletic freak who has proven capable of keeping up with the pace at which Kelly asks his players to perform.
Here is our profile on Jordan.