While UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr didn’t freefall the way I imagined he might—he only went ninth overall—the Eagles did manage to come away with a pass-rusher on Day 1 after all. Therefore, it shouldn’t alter my mock draft by too much, right?
Not so fast. By adding the No. 83 pick in the draft, that could shake up the way we look at what will happen in the later rounds.
Round 2, Pick No. 54: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The anti-DeSean Jackson. The little Matthews sacrifices in speed, he more than makes up for in size and strength. Added bonus: he's not a jerk on and off the field. The Eagles could dump a later pick to move up and get their man.
Round 3, Pick No. 83: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
Can play outside the numbers, inside the slot and safety, and he contributes on special teams. Cornerback is biggest need remaining, and Eagles fill it with one of the fastest and strongest in the draft.
Round 3, Pick No. 86: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
The extra pick, should the Eagles choose to keep it, lands Chip Kelly a pet project in the form of one of his former players. Between Thomas and the Matthews pick, consider the wide receiver matter closed.
Round 4, Pick No. 122: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Chip has no shame. He would have the Birds pick two Oregon guys in a row as long as they were the right guys. The Eagles know what they are getting in Hart, who's got the motor defensive line coaches like Jerry Azzinaro love.
[TRADE] Round 5, Pick No. 158: John Urschel, OG, Penn State
This theoretical pick is acquired from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for Graham. Urschel is most likely the most intelligent player in the draft. Let's see what he can learn from All-Pro guard Evan Mathis.
Round 5, Pick No. 162: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Ryans can't play forever. Skov likes to go downhill, which is fine, because Smith can function as the nickel linebacker.
Round 7, Pick No. 237: Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
Frankly, it's surprising they waited this long to draft a tight end. Jensen has the basketball background that makes tight end prospects great receiving threats, but the size and strength to dominate at the point of attack as well.