Mosher's draft day expectations
In this week’s “Mosher’s Mailbag,” I answer a question about the Eagles’ draft strategy with their 22nd-overall pick.
Q. Would the Eagles consider safety Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon with the 22nd pick?
- Adam B. (@flyerfanatic27)
A. Adam, I think the Eagles will definitely consider drafting Ward, the Northern Illinois product, or Bucannon, from Washington State, but definitely not with their 22nd-overall pick.
Neither prospect is considered first-round material by any of the major draft pundits, and some think both are more likely to go in the second and third rounds.
Not that anyone’s mock draft, whether it’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s or Mike Mayock’s, should be taken as gospel, but I haven’t seen a mock yet that has either of those two guy going in the first round. The only two safeties likely to be picked in the first round are Alabama’s Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor.
Although safety is an obvious and glaring need for the Eagles, reaching for either Ward or Bucannon at 22 would be repeating the mistakes of the infamous 2011 draft, when the team wasted its 23rd-overall pick on right guard Danny Watkins and then used its high second-rounder on Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, whom some considered no better than a fourth-round prospect.
At 22, the Eagles need to get the best overall player on their board, with some exceptions (such as quarterback or running back). You never know how the first 21 picks will pan out, but it seems likely the Eagles should be able to get a top-rated cornerback, wide receiver, linebacker or maybe even one of the top two safeties.