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.
Round 1, pick 22: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (6-1, 237)
The Eagles aren’t just drafting for 2014 but also building for the future and projecting three years down the road. Shazier has the athleticism and explosion coveted by NFL coaches but needs to add some weight and find where he best fits. He’s a little short for outside linebacker standards and light by inside standards.
Chip Kelly is big on versatility and needs a dose of explosion in his aging linebacker corps. This is probably the last go-round for DeMeco Ryans and Trent Cole. Kelly and Davis will find where Shazier can best impact the defense in Year 1, then groom him to eventually take over on the inside or outside.
Round 2, pick 54: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah (6-3, 211)
This hybrid fits Kelly’s blueprint for tall, lengthy, athletic defensive backs. He has great size along with 33 1/4-inch arms and he clocked a 4.52 in the 40, which is exceptional for an athlete his size. McGill specializes in man-press coverage and has a Richard Sherman-like skill set.
McGill can push for a starting job at either corner or safety -- probably corner -- in Year 1 and eventually take over as a starter by 2015, after the coaches have refined his technique and footwork.
Round 3, pick 86: Jarred Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (6-1, 195)
The need to replace DeSean Jackson with another elite speed threat is overstated. The Eagles have plenty of weapons; they just need another receiver who can open against man coverage and make plays.
Abbrederis isn’t a burner, but he’s sneaky quick and adept at slipping behind coverage. The former walk-on caught 73 passes for 1,051 yards and seven TDs last year. He fits the Eagles’ draft profile -- a productive, experienced player from power conference.
Round 4, pick 122: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford (6-6, 271)
The Eagles bolster their defensive line depth with a versatile five-technique who plays the run well and provides occasional pass rush. Mauro played some of his best games against Oregon, so Chip Kelly knows about his potential.
Mauro lacks great edge speed, but he’s strong at the point of attack and will work hard to adjust to the NFL level. He can compete with Joe Kruger to make the team as a backup lineman.
Round 5, pick 162: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (5-11, 177)
Colvin could have been a second-round pick but tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl, which will cause him to drop but also makes him great value in the fifth round. The Eagles have enough corner depth to let him rehab this year and then compete for a starting job in 2015.
Colvin is a smart, instinctive corner who’s not afraid to stick his nose in a pile and get physical at scrimmage, the kind of prospect Kelly likes.
Round 7, pick 237: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (6-1, 222)
Kelly needs at least one big, mobile quarterback on the roster. Boyd is a development quarterback who needs a good deal of refinement, but he has great arm strength and played very well at Clemson, setting an ACC record with 107 TD passes.
The Eagles need someone like Boyd on the practice squad for when they’re preparing to face mobile quarterbacks. Maybe in a few years, with some seasoning by the coaching staff, he can go for the No. 2 job.