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 mocks will be posted.
First Round (22nd overall) – Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
I still wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Eagles’ trading up to land one of the top outside linebackers in UCLA’s Anthony Barr, especially if he were to fall in the 13–17 range. But if the Eagles decide to stay at 22, selecting a wide receiver makes the most sense, as there should be a couple of highly touted playmakers available.
As many as four wide receivers could be off the board leading up to the 22nd overall pick. Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks could all be unavailable, which would leave the Eagles with a tough decision to make between a big, physical receiver in Kelvin Benjamin or an explosive, game-changing threat in Lee.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Benjamin is an intriguing player who offers incredible size, catching radius and upside, but he’s raw and has a lot to learn about the position. Lee, on the other hand, would be an ideal fit in the Eagles’ offense with his dynamic skill set, big-play ability, and knack for YAC (yards after catch).
There are many misconceptions about the Eagles’ offense, but the easiest way I can describe Kelly’s masterful scheme is as an extreme hybrid of the West Coast offense, with its concentration on tempo, spacing and getting the ball in the hands of its playmakers. Lee is very familiar with the West Coast concepts and has been successful in the scheme. Plus, Chip Kelly heavily recruited him coming out of high school and just missed landing the former prep star on signing day in 2011. Now, three years later, Kelly finally gets his guy.
Prospect Reflection: Lee Evans (Wisconsin), 2004: First round (13th overall) by Buffalo Bills
Eagles Mock 2.0: Projected trade with Steelers – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Eagles Mock 1.0: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Second Round (54th overall) – Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
By addressing the wide receiver position and missing out on Barr with their first-round pick, the Eagles need to focus on defense with most of their remaining picks. Finding an impact pass rusher who can get after the quarterback and create havoc should be the main objective with this selection, and Murphy, while not possessing the athletic prowess of Barr, is a consistent force off the edge.
At 6-foot-6, 261 pounds, Murphy is a hard-working, physical defender who has tremendous pass-rushing skills and a non-stop motor. He needs to improve on his cover skills, but with the work ethic and maximum effort he displays, that aspect of his game will get better.
Prospect Reflection: Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), 2011: First round (16th overall) by Washington Redskins
Eagles Mock 2.0: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Eagles Mock 1.0: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
Third Round (86th overall) – Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Adding depth, size and versatility to the secondary is another huge need for the Eagles, and Jean-Baptiste, who possesses a unique blend of size and athleticism, could develop into a potential lockdown corner. He also offers some flexibility with his size, instincts, range and ball skills to potentially line up at safety, which he played in high school.
Prospect Reflection: Aqib Talib (Kansas), 2008: First round (20th overall) by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eagles Mock 2.0: Traded to Steelers in projected trade
Eagles Mock 1.0: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Fourth Round (122nd overall) – Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
The selection of Jean-Baptiste could allow the Eagles to target another area other than the secondary, but continuing to add depth and skill, especially at the safety position, is a must.
At 6-foot, 212 pounds, Dixon brings an attitude and intimidating presence to the field, plays physical in space, and would give the Eagles another young, versatile defender that could contribute right away on defense and special teams. Dixon is the most underrated safety in this year’s draft, and in the Eagles’ aggressive system, he could ultimately develop into the best safety from the 2014 class.
Prospect Reflection: Oshiomogho Atogwe (Stanford), 2005: Third round (66th overall) by St. Louis Rams
Eagles Mock 2.0: Traded to Steelers in projected trade
Eagles Mock 1.0: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
Fifth Round (162nd overall) – Taylor Hart, DL, Oregon
The defensive theme continues into the fifth round for the Eagles, as Kelly selects one of his former Oregon players in the 6-foot-6, 281-pound Hart. He’s not the most athletically gifted player, but Hart is a hard-working, max-effort type of defender who brings the same kind of mentality as my projected second-round selection for the Eagles, Murphy.
Hart gives the Eagles more depth on the defensive line, and as a situational defender at the five-technique, he could develop into a valuable contributor as a rookie.
Prospect Reflection: Jared Crick (Nebraska), 2012: Fourth round (126th overall) by Houston Texans
Eagles Mock 2.0: Kenny Ladler, FS, Vanderbilt
Eagles Mock 1.0: Kenny Ladler, FS, Vanderbilt
Seventh Round (237th overall) – Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College
At this point in the draft, the Eagles will likely pick the best player available on their board, and Patchan, who is one of the most athletic linemen in the draft, would be a great fit. The reason why Patchan could fall this late in the draft is his extensive injury history. If the former Florida recruit can stay healthy, he has a chance to become a quality lineman at the next level.
Prospect Reflection: Lydon Murtha (Nebraska), 2009: Seventh round (228th overall) by Miami Dolphins
Eagles Mock 2.0: Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College
Eagles Mock 1.0: Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College