WalterFootball.com even admitted that if the Philadelphia Eagles sign DeSean Jackson, this pick will be different. Since the Eagles franchised Jackson for just one more year, I’m not sure whether WalterFootball.com would change its pick or keep it.
Jackson has publicly stated he is thrilled to be given the franchise tag, but I’m not sure I buy that. If the Eagles draft Floyd, Jackson won’t be happy about it. Floyd ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he’s arguably the most complete receiver in this year’s draft.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s draft columnist, had Floyd going 10th overall to the Buffalo Bills, and I have seen mock drafts with Floyd going seventh to the Jaguars. He may not be around for the Eagles’ 15th pick, and now that the team franchised Jackson, he's not the likeliest bet.
I’m still torn on what I think the Eagles will do with their first-round pick. Reid is always open to trading it away, as he did in the 2007 and 2008 drafts, but I doubt he will do that with the Eagles coming off a subpar 8-8 season.
Reid has never picked a linebacker in the first round, and even though that’s the glaring weakness for the team, I predict he won’t pick a linebacker this year.
Mark Barron of Alabama is the top safety, but he’s a stretch at the 15th overall pick. Floyd may be the team’s best choice at this pick, although that probably would mean that Jackson walks next offseason.
Side note: Many drafts have the Eagles picking a defensive tackle in the first round. I had the team picking Devon Still in my Eagles mock draft a month ago, but that was before Cullen Jenkins was given his signing bonus. Now that the Eagles are definitely keeping Jenkins, it doesn’t make sense to pick a defensive tackle. Mike Patterson is under contract for five more years and Jenkins for four.
I know Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon and Trevor Laws may not be back, but picking a defensive tackle in the first round to have him not start until 2016 doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t like a first-round pick for a guy just in the rotation. And since the Eagles have to win now or Reid is gone, defensive tackle isn’t the way to go.