Mock drafters and draft analysts everywhere are predicting the Eagles will take a defensive tackle with their first pick in the draft. Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers are the two most popular names being thrown around in connection with the birds.
More than likely, the Eagles will have to trade up to land Cox but they could probably stand pat and land Brockers at pick No. 15.
However, when is the last time you've seen the most popular player(s) mocked to the Eagles actually been their pick? When it comes to the draft, the Eagles are kings at spreading misinformation about who they're targeting.
So far, we've heard rumors about the Eagles coveting the following players: Luke Kuechly, Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers, Ryan Tannehill, Dontari Poe and now even Chandler Jones. That means it's likely that none of them will be the name called when the Eagles pick in the first round.
Then add in the fact that, under Andy Reid, the Eagles have never drafted a player in the first round that they've brought in for a pre-draft visit. If you go by that, that scratches Brockers, Poe and Tannehill off the list right there.
The Eagles are arguably in a position where they don't have many true needs. If you go by starting players only, the only position they need a new starter is at linebacker. The addition of DeMeco Ryans helps in the middle, but they still need someone for an outside position (mostly at SAM since I'm giving Brian Rolle the benefit of the doubt at WILL).
Other than that, the rest of the starters are already set. Even though the Eagles love depth and competition, this could mean they will feel fairly flexible about moving around in this draft. In other words, they could be willing to sacrifice one of their second-round picks to trade up and land a player they covet.
They could also trade down with an eye toward acquiring a high draft pick for next year.
This is what makes it very difficult in trying to predict what the Eagles might do. There are a number of things they could do and much of it will depend on what players are available at certain slots.
One thing I can say with certainty is that the Eagles are one of the most active teams in the draft as far as moving around. Whether it's in the early rounds, middle rounds or late rounds, they just love to make deals.
With all that said, here is my final attempt at guessing what may transpire over draft weekend. I couldn't decide on whether I wanted to do a "what I think they will do" or "what I think they should do" type of mock.
Therefore, I've blended the two thought patterns a little bit. It may lean a little more toward what I think they should do, because really, one could go nuts trying to figure out what they will do since you'd have to account for numerous possible scenarios playing out with other teams.
One quick disclaimer for this mock: at the time of this writing, it has been reported that Asante Samuel is close to being traded to the Atlanta Falcons, presumably for a sixth-round pick. However, though it's not official as of yet, it appears likely to happen so I've based my mock on this actually transpiring.
Without further ado, here we go: