2014 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Philadelphia Eagles 7 Round Mock Draft
The NFL draft is one month away, and with all that has happened in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, fans are looking forward to the draft more than ever.
The Eagles only have six picks in this year’s NFL draft (their second fifth-round pick was traded for Darren Sproles) but could find some great value in a deep draft.
With all the information that is currently available about the Eagles draft prospects, here is my Philadelphia Eagles seven round mock draft.
Note, this draft is based off of the Eagles not making any trades and sticking with what they have.
Round 1: Pick 22 Calvin Pryor – Safety – Louisville
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix most likely will be the first safety taken and Green Bay most likely will take a linebacker as opposed to Calvin Pryor. If he’s at 22, this should be a no-brainer of a pick.
Adding Pryor alongside newcomer Malcolm Jenkins will give the Eagles one of the better safety tandems in the NFC.
Round 2: Pick 54 Jordan Matthews – Wide Receiver – Vanderbilt
Jordan Matthews would be the replacement for Jackson and would fit Chip Kelly’s scheme very nicely.
At 6’3" and 212 pounds, he fits the build of “big people beat up on little people” that Chip Kelly likes to reference. But he also runs a 4.46 40-yard dash and stayed for his senior year at Vanderbilt.
Kelly loves leaders and seniors (every draft pick last year played at least four years) and Matthews is no exception. Plus, his 1,477 receiving yards and 112 receptions against the SEC would look really nice in midnight green.
Round 3: Pick 86 Christian Jones – Linebacker – Florida State
Christian Jones has been mocked from the second round to the fourth round, but if he’s there at 86, the Eagles will scoop him up.
One thing very appealing is he can play both inside and outside linebacker. He also runs a 4.74 40, and at 6’3", 240 pounds, he could be able to match up with most NFL tight ends.
The Eagles had no secrets at Florida State’s pro day they liked Jones, and DeMeco Ryans and Trent Cole both need an eventual successor.
He does have some issues with rushing the passer, but would be a huge improvement over Cole in coverage. He also is another senior and played for the national champion Seminoles, two things we all know Kelly and defensive coordinator Billy Davis will love.
Round 4: Pick 122 Jaylen Watkins – Cornerback – Florida
Jaylen Watkins was brought in for a visit by the Eagles earlier this week and could fit very nicely with Davis’ defense.
He played both cornerback and safety at Florida and was a sure-fire tackler (133 tackles during his career).
He is very similar to current starting corner Bradley Fletcher, and with a 4.41 40 time, could make a big impact on special teams.
Round 5: Pick 162 George Uko – Defensive Tackle – USC
George Uko has always been considered a mid-round pick, but his showing at the combine, where he only put up 18 bench reps, may have him fall to the Eagles at 162.
A big advantage to having Uko on the team is that he runs a 4.99 40, and at 284 pounds, he would be able to play end as well as tackle.
Most likely, he would be an end, but putting on 15 pounds to rotate with Bennie Logan wouldn’t be out of the question.
Round 7: Pick 237 Trey Hopkins – Offensive Guard – Texas
Trey Hopkins has been thought to possibly be an undrafted free agent, but the Eagles and Cleveland Browns, among other teams, are bringing in him for a look, so expect him to get drafted.
Hopkins fits the mold of a Kelly player. He played guard and tackle in college, he had 28 reps on the bench press (if he was invited to the combine, it would have been top 15 for linemen) and played four years at Texas.
Plus, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans are both in their 30s and having a viable backup can’t hurt.
Undrafted Free Agent Watch
Look for the Eagles to add a mobile quarterback to compete for the third quarterback spot on the roster. The Eagles did take a look at Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas during his pro day and Tajh Boyd may also go undrafted, If both are gone, look for the Eagles to then pick up Miami’s Stephen Morris.
Obviously, a lot of things could send this list out of wack. If Pryor is gone by 22, the Birds could take linebacker/end Kony Ealy out of Missouri or cornerback Bradley Roby out of Ohio State.
Both have been reported to be linked to the Eagles. If that happens, look for Florida State safety Terrence Brooks to become an Eagle.
With the wide receiver spot so deep, Kelly may decide to get defensive end/linebacker Trent Murphy out of Stanford and take his chances on a third-round talent at wide out.
Regardless of how this ends up, it should be a very entertaining draft and a very productive one as well.