Eagles Mock Draft Round-Up

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Less than two weeks away. Here’s how some of the draftniks see it:

The guys over at Walter Football now have six rounds mocked. (This is what happens when you push the draft back a couple weeks).  They have the Eagles going with Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller in the first round.

I’ve had the Eagles picking a receiver here for the past five mock updates, but it’s time for a change. Philadelphia wants a big, fast receiver like Mike Evans, but it’ll cost too much to move up for him. Kelvin Benjamin is the next option, but he’s a bit of a reach here at No. 22. Thus, the Eagles might address another position and then go after someone like Martavis Bryant or Donte Moncrief on Day 2.

The best player available who fits a need is Kyle Fuller. The Eagles don’t have a No. 1 corner, and Fuller could develop into one. Fuller also fits what Chip Kelly looks for in his defensive players.

Bryant is their selection in the second.


Draftek.com says that it uses a computer model to simulate a complete seven-round draft. They have Odell Beckham Jr. as the pick at 22 and Virginia Tech outside linebacker James Gayle (6-4, 259) at 54.

The Eagles need to upgrade their pass rush, both for their average attack as well as their future depth. Cole surprised with his performance last year but he's fighting a fight (age) that he can't win. Barwin and Graham were average (6 sacks, 11 QB hits, 49 hurries, 7 broken passes, 59 tackles combined) with the latter reportedly being shopped in at least one trade. Gayle's a solid choice but the Eagles may be hoping Georgia Tech's Attaochu drops.

Ron Burke of CSN thinks the Eagles can snag safety Jimmie Ward in the third round.

If it’s a solid football player you want, then Ward fits that description, albeit in a smaller-than-ideal package for the safety position. He is a safety trapped in a cornerback’s body, yet his aggressive style of play rivals that of any player in this class. Ward does not shy away from contact; in fact he seeks it. He plays the game at full speed and is a determined tackler. He could contribute at both safety spots and would be an intriguing choice as a slot corner in certain packages. Ward had seven interceptions in 2013. He often was used to blitz off the edge. A fracture in his foot kept him for working fully at the combine, but he responded with an impressive pro day before scheduled surgery.

Pat Kirwan has the Eagles taking Beckham.

 Beckham is a very solid citizen and a polished receiver. If the Eagles decide to hold off on receiver and go defense there are a number of solid defenders left on the board. The Eagles reportedly tried to trade for Dion Jordan last year and that should indicate their desire for defensive help at pass rusher.

Will Brinson of CBS thinks the selection will be Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks. 

 The speedy replacement Chip Kelly needs for DeSean Jackson. He's not a 1:1 swap but he's cheaper and won't be a(n alleged) problem in the locker room.

Mel Kiper has Anthony Barr as the 22nd ranked prospect in this draft.

Has dropped some because the instincts don't match the production, but hey, it's a lot of production.

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  • TripSquadMonopoly

    ODB, Kelvin Benjamin, Anthony Barr, Calvin Pryor. All 4 are on the board at 22. Trading back aside, Who do you take?

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      Barr. He’s just a freaky athlete. Put him on your defense and Bill Davis had to find a way to use him. Stacking talent is the name of the game. Only way I take one of those 3 above Barr is if I uncover eveidence that Barr wont work hard. As long as the motor is there, we’ll find a way to put him in position to ball out.

      • Maggie

        (Jim) Mora, who spent over three decades in the NFL as a coach, didn’t have to think long when asked whom Barr reminds him of, and he brought up a few comparisons that don’t often come to mind when looking at outside linebackers.

        “John Abraham a little bit,” Mora said. “They’re the same size, but John is a little bit heavier. Both very fluid, good hands, explosive. I think he’s got a little DeMarcus Ware in him. I even went back to Pat Swilling from the old days. He’s a smaller guy, but he’s got a little Chris Doleman in him.”

        The Abraham comparison is intriguing because Mora knows all about him from his days in Atlanta. Barr is about 20 pounds lighter than Abraham, but Mora has already told a few coaches that Barr has the frame to bulk up and fill a similar role at the next level.

    • Elliptiical Man

      Probably Pryor. Barr a close second.

    • Ascher Levy

      Pryor-safeties are the hardest commodity to come by

      • Maggie

        They signed 3 safeties in Free Agency. It’s highly doubtful they take another safety in the FIRST round. Also, isn’t Pryor the one who hits hard in college then gets lots of PI penalties, or unnecessary roughness, in the NFL? Does he consistently go after the ball or the receiver? Stay under control? Kelly seems to want players who will work in his system, not wild cards.

    • oreofestar

      Barr I can name on one hand the guys in this draft I would take over him for us

    • PaoliBulldog

      ODB

    • Weapon Y

      Pryor

    • Ramsay

      Barr, no hesitation

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Barr…all day, every day, upside down and sideways. The potential is there to become top 3-5 at his position. I don’t think you could say the same for any of the other 3. Maybe Pryor could reach that feat, but pass rushers are a sexy premium.

  • Eaglehaslanded

    Anthony Barr all day. Reason being is because I can get a Deone Bucannon or Jimmy Ward later in the second.

  • ACViking

    I’m tired of small receivers with Pro Bowl talent.

    Can we just get a big receiver who projects as a Pro Bowl talent.

    Cooper’s okay. But his only route to the Pro Bowl is if someone buys him a ticket.

    • Andy124

      Like music to my ears.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      AMEN to that!! I want 6’2″-6’3″ 200+

  • thompsontime

    If we do not get Clinton-Dix or Pryor and we choose to go receiver in round 1 It has to be ODB or Cooks, and I prefer ODB because his size and natural catching ability. Then in round 2 we need to get Deone Buchcannon from Washington State to fill the void at safety

    • Maggie

      And OLB? the Eagles signed 3 safeties in free agency, btw.

      • thompsontime

        yea and how many are of starter quality?… one jenkins. Allen is back for depth IF he makes the team and Maragos from the seahawks is here for special teams, defense in a pinch, and leadership. Pryor or Buchcannon would be a instant upgrade at the position over everyone except jenkins

  • JofreyRice

    Having just re-watched the 2nd Dallas game, another thing struck me. Bradley Fletcher looked like a damn near Pro Bowl corner in that game. Sticking on Dez Bryant like white on rice and making solo tackles on him in the open field. If Huls and the staff can keep Fletcher healthy, he seems like he’s got the potential to be the real deal. Only 27, he’s theoretically in his prime. He could be more than a single, which is how I’d describe the other “batting average” free agents they’ve brought in. OK, Barwin is a Texas single…Williams is probably a HBP.

    I’m really excited to see what Fletcher can do in season two, and am anxious to see if Davis will let he & Williams press a bit more–I think he could be even better with some competent safety play behind him.

    • lozgod

      I loved the Fletcher pick up when it happened. Williams had moments this season but nothing consistent. When he was on though he was on. Kind of like Nnamdi Asomugha when he was wearing Midnight Green.

      I don’t know if Fletcher is a true #1 CB but he has the potential to be a monster #2. Cary Williams isn’t a #1. Thats for sure on a skill level. If he were to lose his starting job though, no matter what the skill set of his replacement, the replacement would need to bring that fire that Cary Williams has to the field. Unless they can find it in another player in the secondary like a Weapon X/Wolverine/BDawk (I miss him so much!).

      • anon

        Starters gotta stay on the field flether stays hurt.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Carroll is our insurance policy.

    • Token

      Id be good with Fletch and Boykin as the future outside. Assuming he can stay healthy and doesnt regress.

      • JofreyRice

        yeah, it will be fun to watch Boykin for another year or two!

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I have a feeling that Carroll may be more than just depth. I doubt they let Boykin move outside. It seems they have a plan on what they want at CB. I’d love for Boykin to get a shot. I was hoping like a nut that they’d draft him a few years back as he was considered by some to be one of the best CBs in the draft but lacked ideal size.

    • NickS1

      What’s a Texas single? Honestly, I get what you’re saying, but given the complete overhaul our organization has taken, I can’t say I share the same view of the ratings you’ve assigned. I have a hard time looking at everything Barwin has done for our D and say it’s anything less than a “double” with an RBI or two. Can’t get much more complete at OLB than him, especially given everything that was asked. CW is a single in my opinion. He made some clutch plays, and he definitely brought an attitude we needed on D. I just think saying he got on base by a pitcher’s mistake is short changing him. He may never be much more than a single, so to speak, but I just disagree with HBP. As for Fletch, he’s had some great under the radar type games. Such as Dallas, which you noted. I think there’s an argument for double, or at least a 2-run walk-off single.

      • JofreyRice

        texas single is where a somewhat slow batter drives the ball out to left or right field, and it caroms off the wall right to the outfielder, who relays it back into the infield right away. What comes off the bat looks like a double, but just ends up being a single.

        I stand by Cary being a HBP. Maybe not in the head, but certainly in the small of the back, with a long glare towards the pitcher. Maybe this season, he can upgrade to being a pinch runner, or can come in on double switches with Malcolm Jenkins. It all depends on how they use him, I think if they allow him to press, he can force a few balks, and that can advance baserunners.

        I was scared Fletcher would be relegated to being a pinch hitter, because he couldn’t get his health right, but rewatching the Dallas game, all I was thinking was “ground rule double”. Also, I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore.

    • UKEagle99

      Kudos for watching the game, I need to review the season. First thing that springs to mind is, who was at QB for Dallas?

      • phillylove21

        Kyle Orton

      • JofreyRice

        yeah, the only thing that made me a bit uneasy about that game was that it was very clear Dallas was trying to matriculate the ball down the field and manage the clock, and were doing so successfully. The DLine wasn’t getting any pressure, and guys were getting open. Basically, a very similar game plan to what the Broncos and Chargers did to the Birds.

        Also, Foles looked really good. Even the plays where he sort of just lets it go, he’s doing so in a controlled way. For instance, I don’t know if you remember that “jump ball” he threw to Avant, but to me, it had that “chuck it up and hope for the best” look you sometimes see from Eli. On review, though, Jackson had taken his corner and the other safety into the endzone, and Cooper had the other corner occupied, so Avant was manned up against the smaller Dallas Safety Heath–who they had exploited all game. In that case, I think it’s actually kind of a smart move to toss it up to Avant, and let him go up and try to make the catch. If Heath somehow magically makes a play and intercepts it, Dallas gets it within their 10 yard line.

    • Sean Stone

      Wtf are you talking about?what would he be in bowling?how about water polo?

    • addicted2mula

      I watched it earlier myself and was thinking the same thing

      • oreofestar

        well ya got a link I might as well look…

    • Maggie

      Liked Fletcher from the first TV game last year.

    • FluxCapacitor

      Fletcher was a good pickup. He is **this close** to being a really good player. I don’t think I ever saw a corner have such good position and have the passes completed on him like it happened to Fletch last year. He closes that last 1/2 inch and he is a pro-bowler.

      • Wilbert M.

        Fletcher’s best skills are keeping the play in front of him and he’s a sure tackler. It seems like he’s more cut out to be a safety than a CB.

      • dnabrice

        I thought he had a great year too.

    • bean burrito

      Agreed. Fletch played much better than Williams last year. Which makes sense he was a higher pick in his respected draft and didn’t play much for the Rams because of injuries. I think Carroll will up the intensity during practice and could steal the job from Cary Williams. I also think they should give Boykin a shot on the outside next year. He’s not very tall, but has a really good vertical to make up for it. Played really well in the slot and outside for Georgia in the SEC a few year ago. He’s judged too much on his size.

      • bean burrito

        Eagles main problem was safety last year. Not corner. If they could draft Clinton Dix in the first round that would fix many of their problems. Between him and Jenkins that would protect the deep middle and over the top for the corners and allow for more interceptions.

  • Maggie

    In these mock drafts, there is always some ‘expert’ insisting that the Eagles will take a corner in the FIRST round! What is the matter with these people?

    • UKEagle99

      Speaking from experience, they are commenting on what they know f-all about.

  • EaglesTrolltheWorld

    Your score is: 4038 (GRADE: B+)

    Your Picks:
    Round 2 Pick 19 (CHI): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 20 (ARI): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin (A)
    Round 4 Pick 23 (CINN): Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh (C)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Brandon Linder, OG, Miami (Fla.) (D-)
    Round 7 Pick 24 (CINN): De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)

    • dislikedisqus

      What does this all mean?

      • UKEagle99

        The draft is coming and the people that post here have zero influence? Or… People are posting the future. I prefer the latter option, I just wish they’d post lottery numbers.

      • EaglesTrolltheWorld

        It’s a draft stimulation game that’s all the rage. http://www.first-pick.com/Default.aspx. it’s addictive.

  • Sean Stone

    Cody Latimer@22
    Bradley Roby@54
    Ed Reynolds@86

  • Will

    Got it, taking a CB,WR,S, or OLB at 22nd…

  • EaglefaninAZ

    My gawd…. more mocks. PLEASE stop the madness. It’s so boring as to be painful at this point. Nothing else to talk about whatsoever. No interviews to be done. Nothing real at all. Fantasy cubed. Sheesh. And really kids, the mocks in the comments are the worst. Said it before, and I’ll say it again… “The Eagles are taking almost everyone in the first round, and taking everyone that’s left in the later rounds”.

    • EaglefaninAZ

      And as an aside, I fully expect mocks for the 2015 class to begin within seconds of this year’s draft being completed. Oy vey.

  • TO

    I’m looking at the extreme variance in the picks that our “experts” are laying out for us and I think this is the first time in a long time that the Birds could do a number of different things and I wouldn’t be upset. Taking guys on either side of the ball (hoping for defense), moving up or even trading back. There isn’t that one guy in the first round that I am thinking to myself that we have to have. I am stoked to see what happens.

  • ICDogg

    “Read More About: 2104 Draft”

    Now that’s thinking ahead.

  • Wilbert M.

    Ron Burke is nuts if he thinks Jimmie Ward will be there in the third round. There was a mock on Rotoworld that had him going 12th overall! I don’t think he’ll go that high, but he’ll be gone long before the Eagles’ 2nd pick.

  • philly21

    Round 1: Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State

    Round 2: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

    Round 3: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

    Round 4: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

    Round 5: Marqueston
    Huff, FS, Wyoming

    Round 7: Trey
    Hopkins, OG, Texas