Eagles Mock Draft Round-Up

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Less than a week from the draft. We have to be closer to the truth, right? Probably not, but let’s hit it anyway.

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper put together a three-round mock, alternating picks.

Kiper was in charge of selecting for the Eagles and went with Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews in the first round.

 He ran a 4.46 at 6-foot-3 and 210-plus pounds, caught 262 passes in the SEC and couldn’t be kept covered when everyone in the stadium knew Vanderbilt wanted to get him the ball. With uncertainty at WR, I’m looking for an immediate contributor.

Kiper went with Boise State outside linebacker Demarcus Lawrence at 54 and chose Virginia defensive end Brent Urban in the third.

Urban could be a steal here. He’s a penetrator at defensive end in this system and can use his length to disrupt the passing game by knocking down passes and disrupting lanes.

Bucky Brooks over at NFL.com went four rounds all by himself (Take that, Kiper and McShay!). He has the Eagles taking Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller at 22, Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief in the second, Stanford OLB Trent Murphy in the third and Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fourth.

Chip Kelly would love to add size and speed to theEagles‘ receiving corps after the departures of DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant. Moncrief would give the Eagles the best of both worlds, as an exceptional athlete with big-play ability.

In Geoff Mosher‘s latest mock draft, he has the Eagles picking  Fuller at 22.

Long, physical press corner to help restore the toughness in a once-prideful defense.

Eliot Shorr-Parks passes on Odell Beckham Jr. in favor of Indiana wideout Cody Latimer. 

The Eagles have a tough decision to make at No. 22. Barr is gone, there is no pass rusher worthy of the pick, and all of the top secondary players are off the board. If the board sets up like this, the Eagles could choose a wide receiver. Latimer — one of the biggest, fastest, strongest wide receivers in the draft — is the selection.

The guys over at Walter Football like Latimer as well.

Some may consider this a reach, but others believe Cody Latimer can sneak into the first round. He just makes the most sense here for the Eagles. There aren’t any defensive players remaining who fit the range and what Chip Kelly is looking for. The best player on the board who happens to be a good match for Philadelphia happens to be Latimer, a big, fast receiver Kelly would love to have in his offense. 

Jared Sherman of CSN went two rounds. He has the Eagles coming away with Kelvin Benjamin at 22.

While not a finished product, Benjamin is the kind of matchup problem Kelly covets. He can move all over the field to exploit defensive weaknesses, and simply gives the Birds’ offense a wide receiver with rare size and ability that they haven’t had since Harold Carmichael. (I’m not counting Ifeanyi Momah.)

And Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson at 54.

I can already hear people howling at this pick, but with rumblings about Evan Mathis wanting a new contract and Todd Herremans a possible 2015 salary cap casualty, the Eagles need to start looking for their replacements. I have already made it known that I love Jackson, and the more I watch the more I’m convinced he’s the best OG in the draft. I passed on Utah CB Keith McGill and Louisville DE/LB Marcus Smith to pick Jackson.




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  • Joe L

    Just never been a fan of Trent Murphy. The sack numbers are nice, but I just don’t see him generating pressure at the next level.

    • korman

      Murphy’s confusing, but I think worth the risk in the 3rd if the pass rush isn’t addressed. Great height/arm length, but slow 40-time. However, he did excellent in the combine at the vertical, broad, cone drill, and shuttle despite his mediocre 40 speed; measurables that potentially indicate good short-area burst.. (http://mockdraftable.com/player/4560/ for reference).

      • JofreyRice

        really seems like he’d be a Chip type defender. Hard working, smart, Pac 12, crazy height, not that great at anything, but sort of “OK” at a bunch of stuff.

        • dislikedisqus

          I hope Chip Kelly has higher standards than those.

        • paul from nc

          A ringing endorsement.

    • EagleDuck

      Watching him play at Stanford, it was his discipline that always stood out to me. He was never fooled by Oregons trickery, always incredibly well prepared and played as smart as anyone to ever play LB

  • reb

    Mock drafts – the most useless waste of time and effort in the football world.

    • Andy124

      Funny, that’s how I refer to the Cowboys.

    • paul from nc

      Almost over, thank God
      I believe I’ve seen about 20 different names for the Eagles at 22. One on them is probably going to be correct.

  • korman

    The Kiper/McShay swap draft thing is pretty heinous, I think. I’d be happy with Brooks’ predictions though.

    • oreofestar

      yeah I would not be jumping up and down with glee but I would be pleased

  • Token

    Thats some god awful first round picks. If it breaks down like that ill be stunned and probably crying in a corner somewhere.

    Mostly 2nd round picks that have risen to 1st rounders on mock draft because people have a extra couple weeks on their hands.

    • JofreyRice

      If you believe what you hear–that most of these coaching staffs don’t get a chance to really evaluate players until after the season is over (which sounds reasonable, considering the reports that coaches work 14-16 hours a week and basically live in their offices in-season), you’d think that well run orgs, with good staffs, would gain an advantage with the extra prep time.

      Now, we’ve heard that Kelly watches film of college guys on Saturday, in-season, and we certainly know that he’s been out and about on the pro days. I’m thinking there is a chance that although this extra time to the draft has been boring and tedious for us, as fans, it may be helping the Eagles make the best possible decisions on draft day. Hoping, anyway.

      • Token

        Yea I just hope they dont overanalyze. Just go get me Barr and a good WR in the first two rounds and Im content.

  • Adam

    Dee Ford or Anthony Barr in the first, WR in the 2nd and I’d be pretty damn happy.

    • oreofestar

      If we draft Dee Ford at all I own’t be happy but we already win the draft if we get Barr

      • Adam

        Dee Ford will have more sacks than any other rookie in this class, write that down

  • Maggie

    NO cornerback in the FIRST round. OLB, WR, OL, ILB, K.

    • SuM

      People are tying certain positions to production in areas way too much. We need help with the pass rush, as well as a pass catcher.

      Don’t discount a guy like Tuitt who can give you pass rush at a 3-4 DE, or Tight Ends like Ebron or AS-J. If we add a TE instead of a WR I don’t see how you can argue.

      • Dominik

        Tuitt would give us a DE Pass Rush – but who do you sit for him on your base Defense in the 4th quarter? Of course you rotate your D-Line, but we have Thornton and Cox here – two starters in 2014 and in the future. And those starters see 60 to 70 percent of the snaps. We are talking about a First rounder here.
        Logan is probably the NT of the future – we’ll see about that.

        I’m with you to a degree, though. We need skills more than we need position. Pass rush and Pass catchers, that’s a nice phrase. I just think that the pass rush has to come from ROLB, because the D-Line is our best position group on D.

        • Joe L

          You sit Thornton, obviously. He’s a two down guy, whereas Tuitt has more versatility and is a much more naturally gifted player.

          • Dominik

            In the 3-4, the D-Line must stop the run. That’s their primary task. Also, you pay your 3-4 DE to stop the run, which means less money than pass rushers. Thornton is great at this and he will be here, for cheap, on the long run.

            Cox already gives you some pass rush, that’s enough in the 3-4. The ROLB gets paid to sack the QB and should deliver pass rush for you.

        • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

          Tuitt’s nice, doesnt get enough attention. I’d be perfectly fine qith him at 22. That line needs someone to step up. Fletcher Cox will eternally be on my hit list until he gets double digit sacks. I wanna knickname him Dontari Keuchly, or Luke Poe. Freakin kid gets a huge pass from this fan base. #12 overall pick and he’s done JACKSH%T!

          Tuitt would be a welcome edition.

          • robocop

            in his defence the boy has had three defensive coordinaters and three different position coaches. all of them had pretty much an almost polar opposite method or deferent type defence. you had the 4-3 defense with different stlyes of play under Castillo to bowles and from washburn to however that other guy was. now he is in the 3-4 defense completely different from the 4-3 entirely. his development has been shot to hell. expet him to do better in the second half of this season when the light comes on

    • OldDocRoss

      I’d be happy with Fuller. Love that kid, and Sconces ain’t the answer long term.

      My ideal scenario would be Barr or ODB falling, or us trading back for Lamarcus, but failing that I think Fuller’s good value at 22.

    • paul from nc

      I’d be happy with Fuller, I agree we also need OLB, but either one in the first and second would be good. No WR until the 3rd and no need to waste a pick on a kicker, there will be plenty to choose from later.

  • dislikedisqus

    Yuck! I can imagine Latimer or Fuller, and Jackson is indeed the best G in the draft (why do they write “OG”? – is there a DG?), but a lot of these picks seem really light on specific knowledge about the Eagles and by implication, the other teams.

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    Moncrief? Uhhggg! Please Jebus NO!…….Question? Where the h*ll is everybody? Comments are waaaay down lately, on the eve of the draft no less. Is everyone burnt out, of just fed up?

    • OldDocRoss

      Agreed. I don’t get the Moncrief love at all.

      He’s big and fast! So’s Momah. Big whoops.

      And to your second point, I just moved home so I’ve been posting less. Dunno bout anyone else. I’m cool without the eleventy billion posts of mocks people did on first-pick though.

      • Joe L

        Except Moncrief showed that he can actually play football at the college level despite below average QB play, unlike Momah.

        • OldDocRoss

          My point is 100% of Moncrief love is based around size, speed and age. And a very high percentage of the love comes from people who have only seen his height, speed and age plus a handful of clips on the YouTubes. Momah is a handy current, local example of how measurables don’t make for NFL success, but there’s a ton of guys who had wicked spider charts AND success in the college game who were terrible in the NFL.

          He isn’t a good route runner. He doesn’t play as fast as he times. His hands are average at best. He stares balls down from the moment the ball is in the air until the time it gets to him, something NFL level CBs might be able to take advantage of.

          Can he be good? Sure, but there’s way too much projection there to make him worth a 2nd or 3rd IMO.

      • Tk-rete

        I’d take Bryant over Moncrief all day every day.

    • G_WallyHunter

      It’s obviously GEAGLE’s absence

    • All In Eagles

      I know you aren’t talking about me and it’s fun to do these mocks but I think I’m going to puke if I read another ‘I’m quite sure
      this is what they’ll do’ mock. Cheers guy/gals, I’ll check back Thursday.

  • Tom W

    There is no chance eagles are taking fuller at 22 lmao. And kiper’s complete misunderstanding of where players are going to get drafted is beyond bad. He has sixth and seventh rounders mocked in the first three rounds.

    Latimer is in play at 22 but only after the eagles have exhausted trading down. Evans, mosley, Barr, haha, odb and we pick at 22. If they are all gone we are trading back and taking latimer, attaboy, KVn, or Buchanan. If stuck at 22, we are taking latimer or attaboy or Marcus smith

    • Joe L

      If Latimer is in play at 22 why isn’t Fuller?

      • Tom W

        Well for one I bet they have latimer rated w a first round grade and fuller a second round grade. Latimer will play a lot immediately as the wr3 and fuller will be our fourth corner at best if not fifth corner for a year. And I bet chip doesn’t wanna draft a player in rd 1 who is gonna play basically special teams and maybe some dime coverage. I watch six games w fuller and I didn’t see a press corner

        • Joe L

          “Well for one I bet they have latimer rated w a first round grade and fuller a second round grade.”

          Based on what, exactly?

      • oreofestar

        I would take Fuller over Latimer and corner is not even as big a need

    • mksp

      If he’s available I don’t think there’s any chance we pass on him.

      • Tom W

        Can’t say that without knowing who is available. Eagles would take a number of players over fuller and take a trade back including Mosley, Haha, and odb. I also suspect they may consider latimer, attaboy, and Buchanan over him. As everyone in the league is saying including Brandt and dr z and kiper, they haven’t seen a draft w more unknowns than this one and such diversity between teams draft boards after the first 10-15 players.

        Don’t get the fuller love for a press corner needy team … Watch a half dozen of his games and fuller was horrible in bump and run … Much better zone corner IMO.

  • Tom W

    1) Barr
    2) Buchanan
    3) moncrief
    4) Christian jones
    5) Terence Mitchell
    6) deandre from cal (graham trade)
    7) colt Lyeria

    • oreofestar

      really optimistic especially 1,3,6 but I would be doing flips if it happened

      • Tom W

        Kiper and mcshay had Barr falling to 30. Deandre from cal isn’t that much of a stretch. And somebody in the wrs has to fall and it sounds like teams like mart Bryant better Only so many teams need wrs

        • oreofestar

          Barr I really really want to happen but I am not sure also what those idiots and espn say means nothing to me, Moncrief is a guy I think we have to take at 54 and Coleman I think will go a round earlier but yeah not a huge stretch it could happen

    • Tk-rete

      1, 2, 4, and 6 are good. Replace Moncrief with Bryant in rd3. Replace Mitchell with Colvin in rd5. Replace Lyerla with a LT or G in rd7.

      • Tom W

        Bryant will be gone. Exum is more a safety Colt is a beast

  • Glenn

    If Moseley, Barr, Lee, and Cooks are all gone. I can’t be too upset with Fuller. Cary Williams should be history next year. But I hope we draft one of those four at 22.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      Dont get the Cary Williams angst either? Unless you’re strictly talking about the fact his contract expires in 2015, the guys a solid NFL corner. Good size, forced to play off due to poor safety play behind him, and Special teamer. This secondary unit HANDLED some very good receiving corps down the stretch. People forget that pretty quickly. If I misunderstood you I apologize.

      • Tk-rete

        Agreed. Cary should be much better year 2 in Bill Davis system. He’s not Richard Sherman but he has skill. Upgrading the safeties will definitely help out his play too.

      • Glenn

        His cap figure will be too high next year to justify keeping him. He is a solid corner, but solid as in an average starter. I suspect he will be a salary cap casualty much like DeSean was.

  • Tom W

    Worse case scenario draft ( no one drops)

    1) latimer
    2) Marcus smith
    3) Christian jones
    4) dontae Johnson
    5) dri archer
    7) Wesley Johnson

    • oreofestar

      That is not really worse case but I’d love that 2-4

    • Tk-rete

      Not bad and definitely realistic.

    • Bart

      Not bad, I was just watching Latimer on BTN yesterday (Indiana V Purdue) he looked amazing, would be happy with him but would prefer OBJ.

  • jmkrav

    First-pick.com is addictive.
    I traded back a bunch if times. There’s lots of value in rounds 2-4. If we actually had this draft I’d go nuts…

    Round 1 Pick 32 (SEA): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 30 (N.E.): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (A)
    Round 2 Pick 32 (SEA): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (B)
    Round 3 Pick 24 (CINN): Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 32 (MINN): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (A)
    Round 4 Pick 6 (CLE): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (A)
    Round 4 Pick 27 (CLE): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (C)
    Round 5 Pick 8 (MINN): Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor (A)
    Round 6 Pick 26 (N.O.): Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (Fla.) (B+)
    Round 7 Pick 3 (CLE): Storm Johnson, RB, UCF (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (A)

    • Tk-rete

      Love the 1st two picks. I’d take Bryant over Mathews. Bucannon is a good pick. Justin Ellis or DeAndre Coleman over McCullers. Aaron Colvin over SJB.

      • Bracey

        You get a bad grade for drafting Colvin, even in the 7th. Crazy

    • paul from nc

      How to go from 6 to 14 picks. Not realistic, plus we would never want that many, If we get to 8 I’d be surprised.

  • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

    Why is there no buzz for Jeremy Gallon. The kid is looking more and more like a late round steal. Small for sure, but decent speed at 4.5 with a lot of wiggle and makes big grabs in big games. You check the statline and see how he showed up for every big game save MichST. Very good on the bubble screens. He’d make a great day 3 addition, and contribute right away as the 4th/5th wr replacing Demaris.

    • Tk-rete

      Rather have Josh Huff over him.

    • Joe L

      I think the buzz is light because if you’re 5’8 you better have blazing speed, or else you’re another Dexter McCluster.

      • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

        I understand your point. He gets caught from behind an awful lot. But guys who just find space are so valuable on 3rd down. Campanaro’s another one. 4.5 speed who’ll just be there to make the important grab. Every team needs one.

    • Tom W

      Like him a lot but it’s the speed. Id rather gave Ellington or Herron or huff then him.

      • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

        Ellington does look good. Don’t know anything about Herron. Thank God it’s finally here!

    • southy

      “replacing De[sic]maris”

      I think that’s your answer right there why Chip would stay away from him.

  • Dan

    Can we all please agree that Beckman and Cooks are just not happening? Kelly got rid of jackson because he (1) cost 10.5mm, (2) was too small to block as kelly needs/ wasn’t a scheme fit (personality likely a distant #3 consideration). We got rid of Jackson because he wasn’t a football fit – just doesn’t make sense to draft someone similar to him / has the upside of becoming a player like him. Kelly wants someone big. Cooks won’t even be on our board.

    • Tom W

      Cooks and odb aren’t similar to djax. Paul Richardson is. Odb is very high on eagles board

      • Dan

        What makes you think he is so high on their board? (asking to learn about them as i don’t watch much college ball, not be confrontational).

        Given Kelly has specific measurables that are deal breakers for him and what we’ve seen thus far at wr (signing Benn, Maehl, Momah, re-signing Mac and Cooper, de-prioritizing D Johnson and of course cutting Jackson), I kind of thought height was one of those (and that all the other visits were smokescreens).

        • Doctor Jay

          ODB is a return man/ wr… diversity is what kelly likes. He is high on their board, but not their #1 desire

          • Joe L

            Haha. You guys kill me. Even pretending to know what the Eagles board looks like is funny.

          • Doctor Jay

            of course, but its apart of the fun :D

          • Dan

            Wasn’t Jackson a return man too? Just doesn’t add up for me. Guess we’ll see soon!

    • paul from nc

      I spoke to Juan Rivera yesterday for 15 minutes one on one. He was at Pinehurst for the car show.
      If he wasn’t blowing smoke, he said Panthers want OL and WR early. He hinted that if the OL guy he wants is gone at 28, he believes Cooks will be there and he loves him.
      He also said, they wanted to sign Jackson, but wouldn’t match the Skins offer.

      • Dan

        We had Jackson signed. You mean we wanted to cut him then re-sign him?

        • paul from nc

          No. let me explain.
          Rivera is the Carolina Panthers coach. They (the Panthers) were interested, but not at that price.
          I thought it was clear enough the first time, but I guess not

  • Glenn

    Kiper has the Eagles picking Matthews in the first round. Before Lee, Fuller, and Barr. That will not happen. At least I hope not. Matthews has a great chance at being available with their second round pick, if they go defense in the first round.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. The only way I’d want Matthews in the first is if they trade back for more picks and then get him. I think they stay at 22 and get Fuller though.

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      • southy

        I am totally drinking the kool aid on Fuller

  • Scott J

    I think the Eagles would take Fuller over ANY receiver at 22. Fuller could start day 1, but any receiver we draft will be at best 3rd on the depth chart. History shows that corners can have success immediately while receivers take 3 years to develop.

  • Anonymous

    I think they really do like Fuller, and they take him at 22. The only way they go with a WR in the first is if Fuller is taken before 22. In the second id like to see them take either Attaochu at OLB, or Matthews at WR.

  • Bart

    Please don’t quote Shorr-Parks, he’s a tool.

  • DoctorRick

    Great article.
    So much of all this depends on what all 21 teams in front of us do that it is really going to be interesting to see what actually happens. Seems like everything is going to be a surprise, no matter what. I have read “convincing” arguments for a bazillion different picks at 22 and most of them make some kind of sense, at least.
    I would be happy with a really good CB or OLB/DE. We are not likely to have a first rate safety available or I would go there. Fuller looks good at CB but will he be there? What if Manziel is still on the board at 22? Would we grab him and use as a trade or trade down? We might take a WR with the first pick but there are lots this year and will be plenty in the 2 -3 rounds.
    Let’s not forget kicker. We were just not good at that position last year and it cost us.
    4.more.days.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really excited for the draft! It’s really a shame that they move it back so far. Sports analysts have nothing interesting to talk about until then…

  • DoctorRick

    FWIW, Kam Chancellor was a 5th round pick in 2010. Took a little time and the right environment to mature as a player. I’m interested in who our mid round picks will be. I do like Deone Bucannon from WSU as a developmental safety in ?3rd round.

  • Amar

    Bucky Brooks is the man…Love all 3 picks (don’t know much about the 4th guy)