Eagles Mock Draft Round-Up

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We are just a little over three weeks away from the draft. Let’s take a look at who the analysts are connecting to the Eagles.

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor is 22nd on Mel Kiper’s Big Board. 

He’s a first-round lock if I’m picking, but whether he’s the first safety taken is a question of preference. Pryor finished his season with a string of good performances. He displays the ability to cover significant ground in coverage with anticipation and speed, as well as a willingness to come downhill and make plays at the line of scrimmage. And he packs a punch. He gets great reviews on work ethic and growth from his coaches.

Geoff Mosher sees the Eagles going with Ohio state linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round.

Chip Kelly is big on versatility and needs a dose of explosion in his aging linebacker corps. This is probably the last go-round for DeMeco Ryans and Trent Cole. Kelly and Davis will find where Shazier can best impact the defense in Year 1, then groom him to eventually take over on the inside or outside.

Jared Sherman of CSN likes Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley in that spot.

When I put this mock together I still had wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin available at No. 22. The reason I chose to go with Mosley was simply because I felt he was the best player left on the board.

With DeMeco Ryans’ physical skills fading, especially in coverage, the Eagles need to find his replacement. Too many times in 2013, Ryans was a step late in coverage and allowed teams to move the chains. Mosley, despite what Montana’s Jordie Tripp says, is the best cover linebacker in the draft and is outstanding in almost every facet of playing the position. While he predominantly played inside at Alabama, he is athletic enough to move outside if needed.

Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting has the Eagles selecting Auburn pass rusher Dee Ford at 22.

Replacing Trent Cole for the future may be a high priority for Chip Kelly, and Dee Ford can provide a smooth transition for the future. While pass rusher isn’t a major need, the Eagles have cleared up most of their glaring holes in free agency or from within. If a top cornerback falls, I’d peg the Eagles as a landing spot.

Don Banks of SI.com projects Odell Beckham Jr. to the Birds.

Beckham features both DeSean Jackson’s burst and elusiveness, as well as the added element of being dangerous in the return game. There are defensive needs for a pass-rushing end or cornerback that could take precedent in Philly, but Chip Kelly is running this show, and he likes offense. What better way to turn the page on the Eagles’ Jackson era than by replacing him with a younger and hopefully better version?

The guys over at Walter Football agree.

It’s a close call between Marqise Lee and Odell Beckham, but even though Chip Kelly has shown a penchant for collecting Pac-12 players, the latter might be more of what Kelly is looking for in a wideout.

Robert Davis of Football’s Future has the Eagles taking Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks.

The release of DeSean Jackson leaves the Eagles very thin at wide receiver. Jeremy Maclin is back after missing the entire year, and Riley Cooper is back after a breakout season. But the team needs a player capable of scaring defenses like Jackson, and Cooks can do exactly that. He is electric with the ball in his hands but isn’t just a situational receiver. He can play outside and in the slot, and is built for a lot more use than Jackson was.


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  • George

    Your score is: 5100 (GRADE: A-)

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 30 (S.F.): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 13 (S.F.): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Morgan Breslin, OLB, Southern California (B+)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (A)

    I just cnat even explain…

    • Richard Colton

      agree, on the whole, it’s pretty unrealistic.

      • George

        If we could pull this, i’d be so happy

        • Richard Colton

          you and me both – love every pick

    • GEAGLE

      What are you going to do with Kony who IMO can’t play OLB AND Attachou?…switch KVN with Kony, atone Exum with Skov and Deandre Coleman with Breslin. Aquire a 6th for Jeff Janis and you have my wet dream

      I’m a defensive maniac but you can’t spend 3 picks on edge rushers

      • dmancine9

        no safety?

        • GEAGLE

          Jonathon Dowling in round 7 is who I want….Exum played 3years of safety at a shredded 220lbs, now he plays CB at 213lbs..if he doesn’t regain his pre injury speed, I could see him going back to safety….

          Think this draft is about getting Chip Kelly his own offensive toys(MORE WEAPONS Cliff!!!) and shoring up our front 7 to help us get off the field on 3rd down

          Next years draft, get younger at OL, and shore up the secondary

          • dmancine9

            I’m still holding out hope for Bucannon, but he’s projected to go early 2nd round, so a late round pick could be more valuable.

          • GEAGLE

            If we draft any safety in the first 3 rounds, I would assume it’s him….but I think if we were to add say:
            KVN to get snaps at practically every LB spot
            Attachuo or Marcus smith to combine with Cole
            Deandre Coleman to back up Logan(Sqaure simply can’t be our NT)
            And possibly a Brent urban/Josh Mauro or Taylor hart to back up Thornton
            ..
            Solidifying our front 7 should allow us to get away with our CBs and Safeties one more year, and use next years draft to redo the secondary and get younger at OL…improve the front 7 as much as possible and give Cary, Brad, Wolff, Nate the best chance to succeed in year two of this scheme, while adding Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carrol to the mix, gives us 3 safeties and 3 outside CBs we can use in games…they may not be the answers in some peoples eyes, but no can argue that they aren’t adequate stop gap se specially if you improve the front 7

          • Richard Colton

            Here’s what we know: they won’t pick a Safety just to pick a Safety. Same as last year when they were one pick from taking an OLB at #4, then ignored the position for the rest of the draft.

      • George

        You can if its bpa

  • ztom6

    Both Mosley and Shazier are best suited for the weakside ILB, where Kendricks is currently entrenched. Don’t see either of them as a replacement for Ryans. But I could be wrong.

    • GEAGLE

      Sure we would want KVN much more than CJ and Shazler who probably get drafted ahead of him

    • myeaglescantwin

      When we look at the LB position, both ILB and OLB, we see 4 returning starters across the board. The fact is, only 1 is a true 3-4 LB in Barwin.
      I believe that Mosley could be the replacement for Ryans in future years while still providing us the depth at OLB rotation this season.

      He is the type of player that can jump into each position of that LB core.While he isn’t a true OLB, he could play situational roles this upcoming season. With that, it wouldn’t prevent us from taking a guy like Atcho or KVN in rd2 or 3. It doesn’t look like we have any plug in starters at OLB in that first round. Selecting the best overall LB wouldn’t piss me off.
      As far as measureables, he’s taller than Willis, 8lbs lighter, and a step slower. That’s not too shaby.

      I’d personally prefer a trade back from 22. pick up another 2nd, possibly even a 2015 1st & some later round selections.
      Draft Acho or Ford & Buchanan both in rd 2. then get one of those 6’3 CBs in round 3.

  • GEAGLE

    Why would Miami want BG included In a Dion deal? They play a 4man line so sounds like lazy media is just connecting the dots…they have wake and Shelby, how many snaps do they really have for BG before his contract expires? Wonder if they have eyes on other eagles in a package deal..

    1) I’m ok drafting a G in the 5th even if we have bigger needs, but if we draft a G in round 2 he needs to start day one, so why are we working out USC C/G who will be drafted in round 2? Could one of the OGs be included especially since we have Barbre as insurance?

    2) Celek? Miami is looking at Jermicheal Finley. ASJ is perfect replacement for Celek and Casey allows us to not put too much on ASJs plate too soon
    ..
    3) Bryce? Miami RBs were horrible, they signed sucky Knowshon to a 1year deal, could Bryce interest them? Gonna be hard for Chip to turn down Tre Mason if he is at the top of our board

    Wonder if a 2015 2nd round pick. Todd or Mathis and Bryce packaged could bring Dion to philly on June first?

    Just don’t see why Miami would have any interest In BG? He won’t be happy to sit on their bench and then re sign with them

    • Tom W

      Why did they draft jordan? they needed pass rush help. graham is just another pass rusher. can never have too many. seattle has shown that.

      • GEAGLE

        Uhhh,they had no idea their Undrafted de out of Utah was going to emerge as a promising starter or you can bet they wouldn’t have traded for Dion….they are going To start an Undrafted youngbuck over Dion this year…BG deal expires at the end of the year, if he had 3 years left on his deal it would be a different story

        • dnabrice

          Thought they drafted him to play 3-4, but then switched defenses after the draft?

  • GEAGLE

    That was the sorriest excuse for eagles draft picks that I could possibly read…how are national fools so bad? As if local media is any better..tell us again how the eagles will draft see Milner 4th lol fools

  • GEAGLE

    Funny a week ago Walterfootball had the same scenario but said Lee would get the edge due to PAC 12 connection… Interesting that he completely flip flopped a week later, not that it matters because doubt ODB will be available at 22

  • cliff henny

    kempski tweeted Eagles have interest in Ronald Powell, 6’3 240 OLB out of FL, was #1 HS recruit in ’10. cbssports has him 5th/6th.

    • Tom W

      Finally … been waiting for someone too look at him. we know how howie likes the high ranked recruits outta high school….. tore his knee spring soph yr … came back had an okay junior yr … came out. very athletic. had a puffed up view of himself supposedly when he came into college.

      • cliff henny

        ha, read this Scouting strength from cbssports:

        STRENGTHS: Good frame (6-3, 235) and good overall athlete who also played tight end in high school. Proven pass-rush ability with explosive burst off the snap. Ascending star in 2011 before knee injuries the following season, and showed he is again a threat off the edge in 2013. Obvious athleticism when healthy.

        .
        1, ex TE…2,knee injury…3, above ave athleticism….sounds like an Eagle to me

  • TOm W

    Moesher is a freaking idiot. How does he have that job. Last year he was crying for Dee Millner until day before draft and even going on nfl.com and other national sites saying that nonsense when everyone and their mother knew we didn’t even like millner. Shazier is too short and doesn’t fit out scheme. perfect will in the 4-3 though, but not big enough to play ilb and replace demeco.

    • cliff henny

      didn’t read any of them except Don Banks, has ODB. i’m good with that.

  • cliff henny

    article from ESP nj.com. not worth much, but has M Bryant vs kBenjamins spider charts next to eachother. don’t like MB at all, but he sure filled up a graph.

    .

    http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2014/04/nfl_draft_2014_five_underrated_receivers_the_eagles_could_draft.html

    • GEAGLE

      Don’t like him either, but after Wolffs college tape, and what we did with a #4 WR(coop), I’d be foolish to rule out a kid with such freak potential…how old is he? If he is like 21, then I think he could appeal….I expect the WR we draft to be the 21 year olds like A-Rob,Moncreif, Devante..they will be 25-26 when contracts expire, extend them for another 4 years, where as a 23yr old like KB is 28 when his rookie deal expires, then wtf are we gonna do with him?

      • cliff henny

        yeah, he’s young. also has Janis, Lattimer, Archer (names everyone kicks around) and newer one Enunwa out of NEB. Tyler Martinez was so bad at throwing, fact the guy did anything is remarkable

        • GEAGLE

          Really really want Janis especially for the round you can get him in…think Chip will love that D2 Chip he will carry on his shoulder…. No pun

          Wish I could find more signaw valley footage because I adore this kid

          • Adam G

            Pretty funny, I specifically asked you about Janis 2 weeks ago and you said this:

            Not familiar enough yet to speak on him…I can regurgitate what I have read, but what’s the point? He plays for one of our players alma mater so someone was raving about him on twitter the other day, maybe Herremans, can’t remember

          • GEAGLE

            Wtf you think I been doing for two weeks to make me change my tune? Lol.. Think I haven’t known about his size, athletic ability for 3 months now.? Was fortunate enough to download 5 torrents,and I’m hoping more footage is available as we get closer to draft, because watching him BEAST D2 teams has become a guilty pleasure…
            ..
            Guess what? Draft is 4 weeks away. I can assure you I will probably fall in love with another 15 players who I couldn’t talk about today, so what exactly is the point?

          • Adam G

            You just responded to me twice?

          • GEAGLE

            Dunno what’s up with the new Disque….some comments now say, awaiting philly mag moderation, and half of them get posted, half don’t.,,only coming up once for me

          • cliff henny

            dude, half your posts await moderation…a, we’re only seeing half your posts? you need to teach a typing course then…and b, what/where are you saying to get mod’d so much?

          • GEAGLE

            Nothing…Disque has been doing this for a few days: says “hold on, awaiting approval from Philly mag”…..I don’t even argue with people, I minimize them, literally haven’t read a token post in like 10 days, I been well behaved

      • NickS1

        If KB takes an extension after year 3, when he’s 26, then he’s here through his prime. I know age is a factor for FOs, some more than others, but you mention this repeatedly as if it’s that alone is reason enough to not draft him.

        • GEAGLE

          No, not at all reason enough not to draft him…but combine his age, with his lack of polish, and I got BEEF!!!… If we have to be patience with his lack of polish, then I’d much rather be patient with the lack of polish in 20yr olds Moncreif,A Rob and Devante…the younger Chip gets them the better….you are welcome to like KB, he isn’t some tomato can I would hate to see us draft..actually, if in this deep of a WR class, THATS the kid Chip thinks he can turn into the most special player, then I would be excited to hear his name called on draft day(that’s how much I trust Chip with young offensive weapons)…I just am not expecting it all…..but when Chip makes a pick, I’ll will be excited as long as it’s a kid with a ridiculous ceiling(since we won’t sign expensive free agents)..and KB’s ceiling is as high as anyone’s….if Andy was still coach, I would probably hate the pick and hope to see Andy draft someone more polished….but I’d def be excited to see that KB is the weapon Chip believes in, I just don’t expect it

          • NickS1

            Okay, now with some context it makes much more sense.

  • GEAGLE

    The Giants have a declining QB and literally 27 new additions, doubt we have to worry about them..not to mention they have a new OC who is bringing in a west coast offense, and Eli does not remind me of a west coast QB…..the “welfare dream team” will blow up in their face…40mil for DRC, wtf are they gonna do when we run directly at him and he runs off the field because he doesn’t want to take on a pulling guard or tackle shady?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Sounds like they’re gearing up for an eventual move to Nassib, as he was pegged as a good fit for a WCO. Eli won’t be playing as long as Peyton.

      • GEAGLE

        Does the HC have enough security to start making plans for the next era?

        • Jerry Pomroy

          From the sounds of it, he has never really been on the block, or he turns around and wins a SB.

  • Andy124

    While pass rusher isn’t a major need,

    Say what now, Mr. Galko?

    • GEAGLE

      It’s the ONLY major need Iol

      • oreofestar

        I swear reporters think Cole is still 27 and dominant

        • GEAGLE

          And worth 10mil next year lol

          • oreofestar

            Herrimans, Brown, 2015 2nd for Dion? draft Bitonio if he falls to 86 (unlikely) maybe Yankey or Dozier

          • Richard Colton

            Todd isn’t worth anything to anyone else.

      • Andy124

        I admit, I’ve always been a little jealous of our Pittsburg neighboors with those 3-4 OLBs bringing absolute terror off the edge, year in, year out. Well, we’re running a 3-4 now. It’s my turn. Get me my damn terror of the edge!

        • GEAGLE

          YUP!!! YUP!! YUP!!

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Here here, to that brother! While I know that Chip is an offensive minded coach, I really miss the days of having a formidable defense that other teams and the media talk about needing to account for.

  • oreofestar

    I am hearing that there is an actual shot at Aldon Smith being released I wish we would but we won’t

    • NickS1

      Never know…

      • cliff henny

        this one, think we do. this guy is a trainwreck

        • oreofestar

          I really wish we would man….but someone will take the risk and it won’t be Kelly the media will destroy him if he signs him after releasing Desean

          • peteike

            Snyder already has him on speed dial

          • oreofestar

            5 years 52mil 45 guaranteed

          • Maggie

            You mean for when he gets out of Federal Prison?

          • NickS1

            The media would be all over his nuts for making the call when Aldon has 12 sacks through the first half of the season and suddenly people fear our D…. You can’t fix stupid. But you can contain it. See: Bryant, Dez.

          • cliff henny

            doubt Kelly gives 1 crap about the media. guy is going to be suspended for sure. cant count on him in ’14, or really ever.

          • GEAGLE

            This was his final year on his rookie deal, well they have to decide soon if they want to pick up the 5th year option…you have to be SOOO dumb and to be SOOO talented and be doing this ish so close to cashing in on a serious contract. He is costing himself a fortune. Curious to see how this all unfolds with him.

          • Andy124

            i haven’t followed his situation… last i heard he was dealing with addiction. i could look up that whole deal, but more fun just to ask. give me the run-down on Aldon’s issues.

          • GEAGLE

            He was arrested yesterday for yelling out “BOMB” at LAX airport…saying he was obviously high or drunk…something with a gun charge at his party, missed like 4 games due to rehab last year….dude could command a 50million extension next year and he is losing his mind just pissing away a fortune

          • cliff henny

            think he got pulled out of line for security check, and at that point he told them he had a bomb. he was either under influence, or to be that dumb, the sauce might have done it’s damage already. don’t think he was standing in middle of lobby yelling ‘bomb’…not sure which way is worse.

          • GEAGLE

            No..it’s definitely what you said…he was chosen for extra security search, and acted a fool…forget the gun charge at his party story

          • cliff henny

            was probably hammered, why he was selected, and wasn’t thinking right to say what he said.

          • Andy124

            Thanks.

          • Maggie

            He’s been charged with uttering false bomb threats. He may very well serve his suspension in Lompoc.

        • NickS1

          I’m just messing with Oreo.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Love his play, but he’s an absolute mental case. One flew over his cuckoo nest one too many times.

  • peteike

    With all the picks the niners have, I worry they trade up higher than 22 for their guy. They seem like the easy target for a trade down, just doesnt always pan out. Depends how it all falls of course.

    • cliff henny

      between Bowman and not Smith, they’ll put something together to get in top 10-12 i’d bet. they got to stop this red-shirting drafting injured guys, it’s not working.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah think it’s time where they have to put all their chips to the middle of the table and go for it….watching your rival win a SB isn’t a good feeling

      • peteike

        ha, ok I just went through wake up call comments. After scrolling past 30 mock drafts I read a bunch of comments saying the same thing I just did. Late to the party if Im not on here on the wkend.

  • Clamdigger

    The constant posting of mock drafts have made the comments absolutely unreadable.

    • Tom w

      Not even mock drafts … Just drafts from that game that have pkayers falling two-three Rds more than they should

    • Andy124

      I wouldn’t say unreadable, but yeah, I am kind of tired of them. I haven’t actually read one over a week. Just scroll past. You can minimize them if they really bother you.

      But I wouldn’t mind a moratorium on the posting of the game results myself.

      • cliff henny

        except if you draft Evans with #22…those I like!

        • Andy124

          You misspelled Barr.

          • cliff henny

            only if he’s converting to TE

          • Andy124

            I hear he played RB in college…

          • cliff henny

            he’s a beast at the goalline

          • GEAGLE

            Draft Barr at 22 to play ROLB, cut my beloved Meco! move Barwin inside, trade for Dion Jordan at LOLB….ready for war?

            …..Thornton……Logan…….Cox/Curry
            Dion………Kendricks….Barwin………..Barr……

            Who wants what and where they want it at?

          • Maggie

            UCLA website says he caught a few passes too.

  • cliff henny

    lunchtime twitter is fun today. before sproles, eagles inquired about CJ Spiller. great athlete, met him twice, he makes a bag of hammers look like Stephen Hawkins. to call him stone stick stupid is an insult to stones and sticks.

    • GEAGLE

      Your boy Aaron Gordon declared for the draft…could see Hinkie really liking that kid…wiggins/Gordon, even Exum/Gordon would be glorious

      If we don’t get Embiid,Randle or Vonleh….hope we can get back into like #20 to get hazrell

      • cliff henny

        Gordon needs to either shot free throws as jump shots or go all the way back to just inside the FT circle.my man looks better from 20 feet than 15

        • GEAGLE

          Good kid, hard worker, coachable,wants to be great…kid will be a nice NBA player

      • Richard Colton

        I like Gordon too. Just to be contrarian – Parker/Smart.

        1 – MCW
        2 – LaMarcus Smart
        3 – Jabari Parker
        4 – Thaddeus Young
        5 – Nerlens Noel

        • GEAGLE

          I’m not ready to give up on smart like a lot of people are, I’d be down..

          Question: If Thad gets traded on draft day, would you rather see him get us #20 giving us 3 picks. Or would you rather see Thad get us to like #6 from the pelicans pick?…allowing is to draft something crazy like wiggins/Randle, Embiid/Exum?

          • cliff henny

            get 2 studs. it’s nba not nfl. quality over quantity every time.

          • GEAGLE

            Thumbs up!!! Tho I’m not sure why someone in 6th or 7th range would want to trade down

          • cliff henny

            revisit Pheonix trade again. between thad, cap space and those really early 2nd, something will happen

          • James Skip Carl

            I’m hoping Westbrook and Durant implode in the playoffs and we get Westbrook for Thad and the New Orleans pick. To go with Wiggins.

  • bozo_nightmare

    A WR HAS to be taken with one of the top two picks. Entirely too much riding on a WR corps relying on Maclin’s new knee and little to no current depth. It’s obvious enough that other teams will know this, hampering any realistic (re: non-rip off) chance at moving up in the 1st.

    There’s a very real chance they trade down 5 or so spots in the 1st and try to grab the BPA. Or, down into the top 5 or so picks of the 2nd, grabbing A. Robinson, while adding a pick.

    The key to the Eagles trading down will be Bridgewater and Manziel. If they’re on the board at 22 I’d expect Cleveland, Jax, NE, Oakland, Minnesota, etc to be in the discussion.

    Root for Bridgewater and Manziel to fall to create added value to #22.

  • Maggie

    The Front Office and Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will not be happy about their Running Back publicly calling them out. Trade the RB for one of the St. Louis Rams 1st round picks. The Eagles will then have 2 first round picks, one of which can now be traded up, down or sideways. And still have another 1st round pick to use. Called having your cake and eating it too. Please don’t complain that such a thing would never happen. Such a thing has happened plenty of times. Besides, there have been numerous mock drafts put forward on this board which are 10 times more ridiculous. And boring too.

  • DEaglesWay

    We often talk about how WR depth is thin and I might be the only one but I’m really curious and optimisitc (probably too much) about a WR already on the roster. He’s often forgotten being on injured reserved all of last season and he hasn’t prove anything since entering the league, but look at those two career stats line from players of the same draft class:

    Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
    46 679 14.7 58 5
    59 862 14.6 65 5

    The first line is Cooper’s before last season and the second is from the player I’m talking about (Brace yourselves): Arrelious Benn

    What do you guys think?