Burke's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0

Burke's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0
April 15, 2014, 10:15 am
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Jason Verrett had two interceptions and 14 passes defensed last season for TCU. (USA Today Images)

Between now and the draft, our draft pundits Ron Burke, Chris Steuber, Jared Sherman and Geoff Mosher will provide their latest Eagles mock drafts. They will make selections for each of the Eagles' six picks, and when they update their selections, their new mock will be posted.

Here are the first versions from Ron BurkeChris Steuber and Jared Sherman.

Round 1, pick 22: CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5-9/189)
Don’t be fooled by his relatively small size. Verrett (4.38 40) is a tough, feisty player with flypaper coverage abilities. He reads quarterback's tendencies effectively and breaks on the ball as well as any corner in this year’s draft class. He is the type of corner that would elevate the Eagles’ secondary right away.

Verrett played the 2013 season with a labrum injury that required shoulder surgery in March. Assuming he checks out medically, he should be a player in high demand early in the draft process.

(Mock 1.0 pick: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame)

Round 2, pick 54: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6-3/212)
Matthews carried a heavy load in the Vanderbilt offense en route to becoming the SEC’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Because he was used so heavily, being in a pro offense that demands much of him won’t be a shock to his system. Matthews clocked a 4.46 40, but his speed does not jump off the screen. His knack for using his size to create space is one of his better attributes.

Even with his glowing resume, Matthews appears to be a player on the upswing, and he would fit in comfortably as a big-bodied option in an offense that spreads around the ball. Matthews is a cousin of Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice.

(Mock 1.0 pick: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech)

Round 3, pick 86: DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (6-7/352)
His nickname is “Shade Tree.” I am eager to see what will happen when McCullers is plugged into an NFL conditioning program. It is said he weighed around 400 pounds when he transferred to Tennessee, but he encountered no injury setbacks while a Volunteer. He has the size to play the nose in a 3-4 defense but is not yet the all-around performer it appears he could potentially become. McCullers is consistent at tying up double-teams and has the strength to push the pocket.

(Mock 1.0 pick: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado)

Round 4, pick 122: FS Terrence Brooks, Florida State (5-11/198)
Brooks could be drafted earlier than this, but I’m sticking with my 1.0 version and keeping him in the fourth round. I view him as a player that could fly under the radar because he is more of an all-around talent than a dynamic player in any one area. Brooks’ strength is as a centerfielder rather than enforcer at safety. He reads the quarterback’s eyes well and gets a good jump on the ball. He provides another option at a position of need and offers special teams ability early on.

Round 5, pick 162: ILB Andrew Jackson, 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: WR Shaq Evans, 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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