Burke's 2014 Eagles mock draft 1.0

Burke's 2014 Eagles mock draft 1.0
April 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
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In eight games this past season, Notre Dame DT Louis Nix had 27 tackles, two tackles for loss, two passes defensed and two QB hurries. (AP)

Today marks the beginning of our Eagles mock draft series.

Each week between now and the draft, our draft pundits Ron Burke, Chris Steuber, Jared Sherman and Geoff Mosher will provide their latest Eagles mock. They will make selections for each of the Eagles' six picks and update their selections every week.

Ron starts us off:

Round 1, pick 22: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (6-2/331)
The defense needs a hammer in the middle and Nix can be that guy.

A stronger push up front could do wonders for the play of the secondary. I see no need to compromise here just for the sake of drafting a safety.

Nix is a load, yet light on his feet with terrific movement skills. At his best he could command a double-team and open up opportunities for others in the front seven to make impact plays.

Round 2, pick 54: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech 6-3/252
TCU corner Jason Verrett is a player I would like to see in the mix, but I doubt he will be available this late.

Attaochu is athletic and has a strong drive. He works hard on every down and shows the ability to rush the quarterback from both a hand-in-the-ground and stand-up rush position. He can beat blockers to the outside, but he will need to get stronger to take them head-on.

Attaochu did drop into coverage in college, but being required to do so with regularity in the NFL is always a challenge. With Trent Cole and Conner Barwin cemented as the Eagles' starters at outside linebacker, Attaochu could gain experience as the heir apparent at one of those positions.

Round 3, pick 86: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado 6-0/175
The Eagles do not have to draft a wide receiver in the first round. Remember, DeSean Jackson was a second-round pick. But they do need a speedy addition.

Richardson is a player that offers value here in the third. His skills might even be second-round quality, but his slender physique could have him taken later than the third.

Wideouts often struggle in the transition from college to the NFL because on Sundays they often are going against the best athletes on the field. Richardson has some encouraging attributes even as he faced troubling circumstances on the field. He tore his ACL in spring 2012, yet rebounded well enough to have a highly productive season in 2013. He’s shifty enough to escape jams at the line and plays up to his timed speed (4.4 forty-yard dash) which would allow him to stretch the field.

Round 4, pick 122: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State, 5-11/198
Brooks is more of a centerfielder than an enforcer at safety. He reads the quarterback’s eyes well and gets a good jump on the ball, provides another option at a position of need and offers special teams ability early on.

Round 5, pick 162: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky, 6-1/254
Built like a fireplug, Jackson is a thumper that in time could man one of the starting inside linebacker positions in the Eagles' 3-4 defense. He does a pretty good job of locating the football and chasing it. Plays a physical game. Was a three-year starter for the Hilltoppers.

Round 7, pick 237: Shaq Evans, WR/PR, UCLA, 6-1/213
Transferred to UCLA from Notre Dame. Evans is a smooth runner for a receiving corps that needs an infusion of viable weapons. More of a possession receiver than a home run hitter. Evans can make the tough catch, much like the departed Jason Avant, and he has experience as a punt returner.

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