Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft: Post Free Agency
The Philadelphia Eagles certainly have been quite busy these first few days of free agency, making good use of all their cap space.
The secondary immediately has a new look. The defense has a new rush linebacker and nose tackle.
So how does this all affect the draft strategy? Is trading down more of an option? Possibly. But let's take a look at what could possibly happen should the Eagles stay at No. 4.
Here now is the post-free agency mock draft for the Eagles
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The Pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
I was going back and forth between Jordan and Dee Milliner, considering that both linebacker and cornerback have been addressed in free agency.
That said, I am sticking with Jordan. I can see a scenario where Connor Barwin plays one side of the defense, while Jordan rotates with Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Trent Cole.
Milliner could be an option, even with the signings of Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. I also wouldn't count out drafting Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
The Chip Kelly connection is obvious and in this league, you can never have too many pass-rushers. Just ask the Seattle Seahawks.
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The Pick: Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
This is a bit of a change from my last mock draft, prompted in part by the addition of two new safeties through free agency, Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung. Also, the Eagles wanted to possibly add another nose tackle after signing Isaac Sopoaga but missing out on Ricky-Jean Francois.
Enter Ohio State's Jonathan Hankins (assuming Lotulelei is not selected). At 6-3, 317, he may not be the biggest nose tackle, but he can command double-teams. He could possibly rotate with Sopoaga.
There's a chance Hankins goes in Round 1. If he does, Matt Elam could very well be the pick, whom I had here in my first projection.
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The Pick: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Another pick where the connections are pretty simple. Pugh is a Philadelphia native, and there have been talks that there is some interest in him by the Eagles.
I would expect Pugh to be gone by Round 4, so the Eagles will add some depth to the OL by picking him in Round 3, much earlier than our last projection.
Thanks to NFL Network's Mike Mayock bumping up E.J. Manuel to his No. 2 quarterback, the hype train is about to take off for the Florida State signal-caller, who may not be around when the Eagles are up in Round 3.
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The Pick: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
The Eagles will look to add some depth and possibly a starter by going for a Georgia Bulldog safety in the fourth round for the second year in a row. (They took Brandon Boykin in the same round last year.)
Rambo is a nice safety, who has a nose for the ball and supports the run well.
He'd likely compete with the newly acquired Kenny Phillips for a starting spot.
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The Pick: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Another prospect the Eagles seem to like, Scott would be the second straight University of Arizona quarterback selected by the Eagles.
Scott would make a good developmental quarterback, playing at least his rookie year behind both Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
Trent Edwards is likely gone after camp and G.J. Kinne is probably just a camp body. Dennis Dixon remains the wild card here.
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The Pick: Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
First, I just want to make a general observation about the pick. While the Eagles do not have their original sixth (traded to the Cleveland Browns for David Sims and a seventh-round pick), the Eagles do have Denver's sixth from the 2011 Broderick Bunkley trade.
As for Robinson...sure, he may not last this long. But if he does, I'm starting to see the possibility of the Eagles taking a chance on him and letting him run Chip Kelly's offense, perhaps even some Wildcat.
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First pick: Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech
Second pick: Cameron Lawrence, LB, Mississippi State
As mentioned in my previous mock, after the mess the Eagles got in 2012 from Chas Henry and Mat McBriar, the Eagles could take a shot on a punter in the seventh—and that's the seventh round, not the third round. (I'm looking at you, Jacksonville.)
Lawrence would be a special teams player while adding depth to Philadelphia's linebacker corps.