Mock Draft: Eagles Go With Floyd At No. 4

Because I needed to do something to kill the time between now and 8 p.m., here’s my one and only mock draft.

I’ll set the over/under on correct picks at seven.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

It sounds like Andy Reid and the coaches want Fisher, while Kansas City’s scouting team prefers Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel. It didn’t take long for that whole “final say” conversation to take place in KC, huh? The guess here is that Reid wins out and the Chiefs go with Fisher.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

Given what we saw with the Seahawks’ defense, I have to think Gus Bradley is in love with Jordan. A long, versatile defender who can drop back in coverage or rush the passer. At the very least, he’s a movable chess piece. And the upside is there as a double-digit sack guy.

3. Miami Dolphins (TRADE with Oakland Raiders) – Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

The Dolphins got their franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill last year, yet they lost Jake Long to St. Louis in free agency. Tannehill is the team’s No. 1 asset, and they have to invest in protecting him. Joeckel is one of the cleanest prospects in the draft, and the Dolphins have 11 overall picks, including five in the first three rounds. The Raiders, meanwhile, only have three selections in the first five rounds. They move back to No. 12 and pick up some extra selections.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida

My guess is that the Eagles have Joeckel, Fisher and Jordan as the top-three picks on their board. But what happens in this scenario? The truth is it’s wide open. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, BYU DE/OLB Ziggy Ansah and Utah DT Star Lotulelei could all be options. But I’m going with Floyd.

As we mentioned yesterday, there is little certainty when it comes to the Eagles’ new defensive scheme. The only reason Floyd wouldn’t fit is if they were running a two-gap 3-4. But he can line up in a variety of places and is only 20-years-old. Floyd, combined with Fletcher Cox, would give the Eagles a great base from which to build their defense. If Howie Roseman and company are committed to taking the best player available, I think Floyd’s the pick.

5. Detroit Lions – Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

They’ve got to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to compete in the NFC North. The Lions have some talented interior pass-rushers, but adding Ansah to the mix at defensive end gives them another dimension. He’s 6-5, 271 with 35 1/8-inch arms. The only thing Ansah lacks is experience. You take Ansah here and hope that Jim Washburn can mold him into a Pro Bowler. All the physical tools are there.

6. San Diego Chargers (TRADE with Cleveland Browns) – Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

See what I wrote above at No. 3? The same rules pretty much apply with the Chargers and Philip Rivers. San Diego moves up from No. 11 and takes Johnson. Most people don’t see him slipping this far, and the Eagles could very well take Johnson at No. 4. But there is some risk involved. He’s not as clean a prospect as Joeckel or Fisher, even though Johnson has superior athleticism. San Diego banks on his upside and grabs him at No. 6.

7. Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

They acquired Carson Palmer via trade, have Larry Fitzgerald and drafted Michael Floyd last year. Arizona has plenty of talent on defense, but it needs to build up front. While the Cardinals would probably love for Johnson to tall to them, chances are he goes in the top-six. Cooper is considered an elite athlete at the position and falls in the “best player available” category.

8. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

I’ll admit falling victim to the rumors here. But the Bills need a quarterback, and most have Nassib among the top-three prospects at the position. It feels like a reach, but it makes sense for his college coach, Doug Marrone, to take a chance on him in the pros.

9. New York Jets – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

I know there’s talk of him taking a major plunge, but I just don’t see it. The Jets have two picks in the top-13 and have a chance to take quite possibly the best QB prospect in the draft here. I know Marty Mornhinweg takes a lot of heat, but I actually think he knows what he’s doing.

10. Tennessee Titans – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

He’s in the conversation as potentially the best defensive lineman in the draft. Richardson fits well as a 3-technique (4-3 defensive tackle) and provides some versatility up front.

11. Cleveland Browns (TRADE with San Diego Chargers) – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

He’s a big-time wild card. But the Browns actually have some talent on their roster, and Austin could give their offense another dimension. To be honest, it would not shock me if they stayed at No. 6 and took Austin, but if he’s still on the board at No. 11, I think he’s the pick.

12. Oakland Raiders (TRADE with Miami Dolphins) – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

There are not a lot of strengths on the Raiders’ roster so they definitely go with best player available, which happens to be Lotulelei. He provides a strong, disruptive force at defensive tackle for Oakland.

13, New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

There’s been quite a bit of buzz about him going sooner, and that very well could be the case. Or the Jets could choose to take Mingo with the No. 9 pick. In Mingo, Rex Ryan gets a versatile outside linebacker, who could eventually become one of the better pass-rushers from this draft.

14. Carolina Panthers – Tank Carradine, DE, FSU

Roseman said last week that there are not a lot of pass-rushers in this draft, so expect them to go high. Carradine is my first-round surprise. He has been a bit under-the-radar since he tore his ACL in November, but many consider him among the top pass-rushing prospects available. He and Luke Kuechly give Sean McDermott a couple of nice young pieces on defense.

15. New Orleans Saints – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Fascinating prospect. Played in the SEC and led the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. Yet he doesn’t have the measurables and has the spinal stenosis issue. Jones’ stock will tell us a lot about what teams think about his medical, and how they weigh tape vs. testing. The Saints are switching to a 3-4 and get a productive edge-rusher at No. 15.

16. St. Louis Rams – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

The Rams have a pair of first-round picks at 16 and 22. St. Louis added Jake Long in free agency and continues the offensive line upgrade with one of the draft’s cleanest prospects.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Back-to-back Alabama players off the board. The Steelers could use an infusion of youth and talent in the secondary. I think concerns over Milliner’s injuries were overblown. He suffered the torn labrum during last season and still played in the final four games, while managing to participate at the Combine. He’ll be a nice pick-up for the Steelers here.

18. Dallas Cowboys – Kenny Vaccaro, CB, Texas

They focused on upgrading at cornerback last offseason and continue beefing up the secondary with the addition of Vaccaro, who is thought of by many as the draft’s top safety.

19. New York Giants – D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

Doesn’t it seem like the Giants always could use a corner? Hayden nearly lost his life after a collision during practice last November, but it sounds like he’s ready to continue his career in the NFL. Mike Mayock and Greg Cosell both have him rated as their top corner prospect, ahead of Milliner.

20. Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama

Have back-to-back D.J.’s ever been selected in the draft? Someone get Elias Sports Bureau on the phone. The Bears added some pieces on the offensive line in free agency. They continue the upgrade and get a right tackle here in Fluker.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

This one just makes too much sense. The Bengals have shown pre-draft interest in Cyprien, and they need safety help. Some analysts believe he’ll end up being better than Vaccaro when all is said and done.

22. St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Rams’ philosophy here has to be giving Sam Bradford the best chance for success. They upgraded the offensive line with the earlier pick and get a pass-catcher here in Patterson. He’s considered a bit raw, but has a unique blend of size (6-2) and speed (4.42).

23. Minnesota Vikings – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

They are another team with two first-round picks. The Vikings have to compete with Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler six times a year. Upgrading the secondary makes sense, especially given the strong group of corners available. Rhodes (6-1, 210) ran a 4.43 at the Combine and should be able to come in and start right away.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse

The Council Rock South product sneaks into the first round. He played tackle in college and could get a look there in the pros, or he could make the switch to guard. Protecting Andrew Luck is Indy’s No. 1 priority.

25. Minnesota Vikings – Bjoern Werner, OL, Florida State

Doesn’t bring a lot of versatility to the table, and many believe his teammate, Carradine, has more upside. But the Vikings need to add pieces up front for the future, and Werner fits the bill as a 4-3 defensive end.

26. Green Bay Packers – Datone Jones, DL, UCLA

The Packers are in need of defensive linemen, and Jones is a productive 5-technique with good size (6-4, 283).

27. Houston Texans – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

I had a tough time figuring out where to mock Eifert, and he very well could go higher. At 6-6, with 4.68 speed and a 35.5-inch vertical, he’ll be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and give Matt Schaub another weapon to work with.

28. Denver Broncos – Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

If a team really likes EJ Manuel, this could be a spot to trade back into the first round. The Broncos signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a one-year deal, but assuming they stay put, they take advantage of a strong corner class.

29. New England Patriots – Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

They lost Wes Welker, but added Danny Amendola in free agency. Allen gives Tom Brady another weapon. And unlike some of the other receivers in the class, he should be a “plug-and-play” prospect.

30. Atlanta Falcons – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

They could be interested in moving up for a top-level corner, but Trufant was a four-year starter and ran a 4.38 at the Combine. The Falcons know they’re close. He should be able to come in and contribute right away.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

They lost Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency. The 49ers add the 6-3, 313-pound defensive lineman, who can line up in multiple spots along the front.

32. Baltimore Ravens – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

The Ravens aren’t afraid of talented linebackers with off-the-field issues, are they? Ogletree fills a need and is good value at the end of the first round.

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  • southy

    TRADES… thats what I’m talkin about Sheil!!

  • The long list of defensive line men drafted and under performing for the Eagles makes me say role the dice with Lane Johnson.

    • CJ

      do you hear yourself? The long list of defensive backs and LBs also drafted and under performing for the Eagles means we should only draft offensive players. Ever. How is that logical?

      • Hahaha yeah screw it! Don’t even put one on the field! Better yet, scratch the defense all together! Who needs em!

      • The Chance for one of the Defensive Linemen to be a bust is 70%, as compared to the chances of the Johnson, the O Tackles being a solid prospect who plays meaningful minutes is 70%

        The Eagles prior drafts and the former over all NFL Draft history confirms those stats.

        • CJ

          97% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • JofreyRice

    I think if the Cowboys end up with Vaccaro, we’re going to be cursing that outcome for years. Worse than letting Earl Thomas go to the Seahawks so we could get Brandon Graham.

    • I get what you’re saying, but Graham wasn’t a bad pick at the time.

    • Graham, probably after Cole is the Eagles best pass rushing linemen, he was last year with the limited time he was on the field. Given exposure, I don’t think the Eagles will have another Pass rushers who out performs Graham in 2013

  • jon h

    so who are you picking for the eagles in subsequent rounds? EJ in round 2?

    • GEagle

      I think there is no chance that the Eagles draft EJ…or the Eagles woulda placed a GAG order on him…I hope he doesn’t fall to 35 and have to deal with the embaressment of the Eagles picking him..

      Rd2 will be between:
      Hankins, Kyle Long, Terron Armstead, Pugh, Jesse Williams, Carradine..sleeper Kawaan Short

  • Mr. Magee

    No thanks Sheil; I’ll take Johnson or trade down if this scenario plays out (which I think is likely, btw)…

    • If Oakland and Miami complete their trade there is no reason for anyone else to acquire the Eagles pick 4, the scramble is to get in position to take one of the 3 Tackles before the Eagles.

      The Advantage is leaping in front of the Eagles. Most Football people have determined after surrendering 48 sacks last year, and two tackles returning from season ending injuries with both being over 30 that the Eagles are primed naturally to pick one of those Tackles.

      • GEagle

        If Miami acquires Albert THERE IS NO TRADE WITH OAKLAND

        • cliff henny

          has it gone thru? alberts refusing to move from LT might have forced reid to take versalitle fisher instead of joeckel

          • GEagle

            Very good point. don’t know if it’s a done deal, or if it has fallen apart yet….been pretty drunk since 4pm lol

        • cliff henny

          ok, now i REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY hope we trade back, like 4 times, finishing with 9ers and you pound drinks the whole time. lol…party on garth

  • a

    Pick 18 is a S not CB

    Pick 25 is a DE not OL

  • FINALLY!!!!!! Someone has actually made a realistic draft! Everyone knows there is going to be trades and Thank you Sheil for putting in a scenario like this!! Great mock! Counting down the hours!

  • Correction

    Sheil, as always, love the work. All the extra effort the past few days is much appreciated. Think I found a correction though…

    6. San Diego Chargers (TRADE with Arizona Cardinals) – Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
    should be
    6. San Diego Chargers (TRADE with Cleveland Browns) – Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

    • sdk152

      Thanks! Fixed it. -Sheil

  • EaglefaninAZ
  • I like the Miami -Oakland Trade, and think it’s being worked on now. Oakland has to many needs, and a relatively new GM who is doing all he can to cut cap spending and find depth and, one pick isn’t going to help that cause so that trade makes sense.

    The Miami trade with KC isn’t developing quickly there’s something about a physical necessary which may not be completed in time. Miami is desperate for a Tackle.

    Floyd may the only talent available the Eagles can justify at pick 4. I think the Giants are going Pass Rusher or Linebacker. I don’t think the Jets are taking Geno, Ryan will probably go impact player on defense and trade 13 to pick up more picks down the line. Jets are playing for Ryan’s job this year.

  • LDawg

    I think the more exciting pick for the Eagles will be their 2nd. Somebody is going to fall out of the 1st because some team is going to reach for a player.

  • Geagle

    2)Lane Johnson
    4)Joekl (Detroit)
    14) Sharrif
    17) Jarvis
    18) Sly williams
    19) dee Millner
    20) Menelek Watson
    22) Eifert
    23) Hayden
    24) Datone Jones
    25) Tank Carradine
    27) DeAndre Hopkins
    29) EJ
    30) Oagletree
    32) Aurthor Brown

    • GEagle

      Dion,Ziggy,Mingo,Escobar,Kelce,Long,Pugh,Armstead,Swearinger,Earl Wolff,Dial,Hankins,Carradine….Jesse,Brandon and Brennan WILLIAMS….Montari Hughes, Kruger, Rontez Miles, Brandon McGee,Jose Jose, Dexter McCoil, Jordan Rodgers, Ryan Griffin, Leon McFadden, Ace Sanders, Marquis Goodwyne, Kejon BAner, sherwyn Williams,Quessenberry, Barret Jones, Darius Slay, Jonathon Cooper