Mel Kiper, ESPN: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Todd McShay, ESPN: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
Matt Miller, B/R: Desir
Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Jimmy Kempski, Philly.com: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
Matt Lombardo, NJ.com: Attaochu
Geoff Mosher, CSNPhilly.com: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah
Ron Burke, CSNPhilly.com: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Jared Sherman, CSNPhilly.com: Robinson
McShay admitting Brooks would be a reach is the kind of insight you occasionally get from a national guy who isn’t as intimately familiar with each organization’s history and press clippings. Let’s just say if there was one front office and one front office only that absolutely will not reach for a safety in the draft, it’s located in Philadelphia. (Thanks, Jaiquawn Jarrett.)
The choices here are a little more all over the place, but you can see the names of some wide receivers that are expected to make it into Round 2 should the Eagles employ the wait-and-see approach. Adams (6’1”,) Robinson (6’2”) and Matthews (6’3”) all possess above average size and were extremely productive in college. Matthews in particular runs very well, posting a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash.
If the Birds don’t land Barr, Ford or Ealy on Day 1, pass-rusher might become a priority here. Either Attaochu or Louisville’s Marcus Smith could be great fits.
This looks like the ideal spot in the draft to come up with a wideout though. If the Eagles wait until Round 3, maybe they’ll be able to get their hands on Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss or Cody Latimer from Indiana. While it may not be the most immediate need on the roster, I’m not sure that’s a chance the organization can afford to take.
With 206 receptions for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns over his last two years at Vanderbilt, Matthews is one of the most polished, all-around pass-catchers in this draft. If he somehow manages to fall to No. 54, the Eagles shouldn’t think twice about scooping him here.
My Pick: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt