Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Post-Scouting Combine
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, we are now one step closer to April 25 and the 2013 NFL draft.
With free agency on this horizon, it's anybody's guess how the Eagles will attack the draft. With so many holes to fill, they have a multitude of directions they could go in. For now, let's take what we have and run with it.
Here, now, is a full seven-round prediction of the Eagles' draft.
All combine numbers come from NFL.com.
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The Pick: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
With the Eagles moving to a 3-4/4-3 Under-style defense and releasing of Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, defensive line becomes a need. And Jordan could fill that need.
Chip Kelly called Jordan "a special guy in my heart" (h/t Marc Sessler, NFL.com).
Jordan was extremely versatile while at Oregon. Originally signed as a tight end, he was moved to defensive end in 2010. He was moved all around the field, lining up at defensive end, linebacker and even as a slot corner. That versatility could come in handy for the new-look Eagles defense.
Jordan looked smooth in just about every drill he took part in, proving his athletic ability. He also showed plenty of speed at the combine, registering a 4.60 40.
Jordan did announce that he would have surgery to repair a torn labrum (h/t Kareem Copeland, NFL.com). However, he should be fine for training camp.
The upside seems pretty high to make it worth the risk.
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The Pick: Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Eagles hold the third pick of the second round. And with pass rush under their belt, they'll next look at the secondary, where Kurt Coleman was pretty awful and Nate Allen struggled to regain his 2010 form.
Elam is a hard-hitting safety who seems to always know where the ball is. He can miss some tackles, but that's mainly due to his big-hit instincts.
Elam comes from an NFL family, as his brother Abe plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
A 4.54 40 showed he is pretty fast, though his game play may not be as fast.
Elam also showed at Florida that he can be a very strong special teams player—another facet the Eagles struggled with last season.
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The Pick: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Manuel seems like a guy Kelly would love to have. He's mobile, he throws pretty well and while he won't wow you with his arm, he can make up for it with his feet.
Manuel posted a 4.65 40, putting him behind only Geno Smith among quarterbacks.
The former Seminole would provide some competition for Nick Foles. Plus, Kelly could develop him for a year—which would mean rolling with Michael Vick for one more year—before possibly letting him loose to run the offense in 2014.
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The Pick: Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
Now's the time for the Eagles to address the interior of their defensive line after addressing the pass rush, secondary and the quarterback competition.
Defensive tackle is very deep this year, and the Eagles would be happy to land a guy like Hughes in the fourth.
In a 3-4 look, Hughes would line up as well as a nose tackle. He played through a foot injury during the Senior Bowl, but still played very well. Then he followed that up with a 5.23 40 at the combine, which isn't too shabby for a 328-pound defensive lineman.
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The Pick: David Bakhtiari, OL, Colorado
Bakhtiari is a bit undersized at just 299 pounds, but he has the ability to play all across the line. And as we hit the later rounds, there is enough upside here to warrant giving him a chance at guard with Danny Watkins slumping and not much behind him (Evan Mathis is obviously entrenched at left guard).
Last year's fifth-round pick, Dennis Kelly, seems better suited at tackle—particularly right tackle behind Todd Herremans and a returning Jason Peters, who's hopefully fully recovered from his Achilles tear.
Dallas Reynolds was up and down and Jake Scott is a free agent, so Bakhtiari would get a chance to grab a roster spot.
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The Pick: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami (FL)
The Eagles add some depth at cornerback with the addition of McGee, who ran a 4.40 40 at the combine.
McGee may not have ideal size, but he has good speed and could help support the run, making good breaks. He could be a No. 3 or 4 for the Eagles, depending on what happens with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
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1st pick: Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech
Mat McBriar and Chas Henry both struggled with the Eagles, so the team could use one of its seventh-round picks to try again on a punter.
2nd pick: Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State
The Eagles could also a shot at another potential pass-rusher. Lawrence recorded 111 tackles in 2012, tied for third in the SEC.