Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Mock
For the most part, a lot of things haven't changed since my last mock, but there are still a few areas that need updating. In particular, the Eagles' first pick.
After reading, please feel free to voice your own opinion on who the team should take in the comments section below.
Round 1, Pick No. 15
Michael Brockers, LSU, Defensive Tackle
In my previous mock draft, I had the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. However, it seems that the rest of the nation has caught up with me, and Cox has seen his stock rise to the point where he likely won't be available come the 15th pick.
Fortunately, Michael Brockers is a more-than-adequate consolation prize.
Brockers needs some time to mature and develop, but he has the size, strength and speed to eventually become a formidable run-stuffer with adequate pass-rushing abilities. His frame in the middle of the defensive line will help solidify a defense that was woeful against the run last season.
Plus, he won't need to rush his development. Incumbent starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins are solid starters, which will allow Brockers to learn behind them and earn some snaps in a rotation.
Round 2, Pick No. 46
Mychal Kendricks, California, Linebacker
I had Mychal Kendricks selected here in my last mock draft, and I'm sticking with him for good reason. Lately, Kendricks has been climbing draft boards as a do-it-all linebacker with great instincts.
Not only did he post amazing numbers at the NFL combine, but he also had the production to back it up. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year this past season after posting 106 tackles his senior year.
As perhaps the draft's best linebacker in coverage, Kendricks has the versatility to play any linebacker position for the Eagles. He would be a steal in the second round.
Round 2, Pick No. 51 (acquired from Arizona)
Brandon Boykin, Georgia, Cornerback
I moved Brandon Boykin up one pick, knowing that he would almost undoubtedly be gone by the time the Eagles picked in the third round.
The Georgia cornerback offers quality skills both on defense and in the return game. The latter is something that Eagles could use, as their return game has been lackluster as of late.
He isn't too shabby on defense, either, as many analysts have him ranked as a top-five cornerback in this year's draft.
Round 3, Pick No. 88 (Acquired from Houston)
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State, Quarterback
I had Brock Osweiler going to the Eagles one pick earlier in my last draft, and many fans thought I was crazy. I admit, taking him in the second round may be a stretch, but he offers great value as a third-round pick.
Michael Vick isn't getting any younger, which means the team needs to address the quarterback position in this year's draft.
Osweiler may not be high on some people's draft boards, but he has raw talent that can be groomed into starting-caliber material.
And when I say raw, I mean it. Osweiler has only started 15 games, which means he still has room to grow as a quarterback.
However, he possesses ideal traits such as size, accuracy and strength. Drafting him in the second round and letting him learn the game from the bench will help give the Eagles a solution at the most important position once Vick is gone.
Round 4, Pick No. 114
Nick Toon, Wisconsin, Wide Receiver
This pick stays the same because Nick Toon at this point in the draft provides exceptional value.
A big-bodied receiver with above-average speed, Toon has all the makings of a serious red-zone target. The Eagles have a trio of talented receivers in DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, but none of them are well-suited for causing a mismatch in the end zone.
Toon would give Michael Vick yet another weapon, which would make this offense perhaps one of the deadliest in the league.
Round 5, Pick No. 153
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State, Running Back
Running back LeSean McCoy is one of the best in the league at touting the pigskin and catching it out of the backfield, but even he needs to be spelled for a few series a game.
At 220 pounds, Vick Ballard is a brute of a running back. He has the patience to wait for lanes to open up, and when they do, he uses his power to break loose after initial contact.
Ballard's style of play would provide a perfect compliment to LeSean McCoy's, who is more shifty and can run to the outside. A good thunder-and-lightning combination.
Round 6, Pick No. 172 (Acquired from Indianapolis)
Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, Safety
Even though the Eagles have promising players in Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett, the team could still use a little help at the safety position.
A lot of people are saying that Kurt Coleman is a quality starter, including Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller, but I'm not buying it. Coleman lacks adequate skills in coverage and is only above-average in run defense.
In any case, the Eagles would do well to at least draft a safety who can come in and create some competition in training camp.
Duke Ihenacho of San Jose State fits the bill.
Ihenacho was a productive safety in college and, at the very least, would provide help on special teams. At this point in the draft, that is the most that can be expected.
Round 6, Pick No. 194 (Acquired from Denver)
Andrew Datko, Florida State, Offensive Lineman
You can never have too much depth along the offensive line, and it is much more likely for a team to find a hidden gem at this position than at almost any other.
Datko has been limited due to injuries, but he does offer intriguing potential. This late in the draft, potential is all you can ask for.
Round 6, Pick No. 200 (Acquired from New England)
Dwight Jones, UNC, Wide Receiver
Much like Nick Toon, Dwight Jones is a big receiver who could offer mismatches in the end zone.
Jones was very productive during his college tenure, posting 2,163 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns during his time in UNC.
What has Jones' stock so low, however, is his off-the-field issues. Most notably, Jones was punished by UNC and the NCAA for associating his name with a New Years Eve party.