2017 NFL draft: Hudrick's round-by-round targets for Eagles, 1.0

2017 NFL draft: Hudrick's round-by-round targets for Eagles, 1.0

With my first first-round mock in the books, we take a look at some round-by-round targets for the Eagles throughout the 2017 NFL draft.

Luckily for the Eagles, this draft is extremely deep at wide receiver, corner and running back. While those may be the team's foremost needs, every team could use more depth among the trenches.

Let's take a look at a few prospects the Eagles may look to target in this year's draft.

1st round

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington, (6-1/170)

I've already mocked Jones to the Eagles in the first round. Jones is the most consistent corner in this draft and will make an immediate impact on the Eagles' defense.

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida, (6-0/201)
Tabor has some serious swagger and ball skills (eight career interceptions). I view Jones as the more consistent player between the two, but Tabor would be a fine pick. Many have mocked his Gator teammate, Quincy Wilson, to the Eagles. Jones and Tabor fit more of the profile that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz tends to look for.

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan, (6-3/213)
I love this guy. If he's there at 14/15, Howie Roseman will have to look long and hard at Davis. He's big, strong and is the best route runner in the draft. His speed may be questioned, but his tape shows enough game speed to be plenty effective in the NFL.

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, (6-6/249)
Howard seems to be a trendy pick among Eagles Twitter. It's an intriguing idea to give Carson Wentz both Zach Ertz and Howard. Put those two in 12 personnel and it's a matchup nightmare for a defense. Howard could turn into an elite tight end and you could certainly make a case for him being the best player available.

2nd round

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU, (5-11/191)
White is arguably a first-round talent, but this draft is so deep at the corner position, he could slip to Round 2. He also has ability as a punt returner. If the Eagles snag Davis in Round 1, followed by White, that'd be a great start.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington, (6-2/198)
Kupp has great size, runs solid routes and has extremely reliable hands. He's not explosive, so from that perspective, he may not be a great fit. That is unless the Eagles target a receiver like DeSean Jackson or Kenny Stills in free agency. Kupp shined during this year's Senior Bowl.

Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple, (6-4/317)
The Eagles could add offensive line depth from their own backyard (actually their own stadium). Dawkins was the Owls' starting left tackle, but took plenty of reps at the Senior Bowl as a guard and showed "Pro Bowl potential." With the possibility of Jason Kelce becoming a cap causality, Dawkins could add depth at guard with Isaac Seumalo, last year's third-round pick sliding over to center. And with Jason Peters aging, Dawkins adds future depth at tackle.

Other possibilities

Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma, (6-0/176)

Westbrook is arguably the second-most explosive receiver in this draft behind Washington's John Ross. 

Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA, (6-0/194)
Much like White, Moreau might be a first-round pick in a different draft. He has prototypical size and speed at corner.

Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan, (6-5/330)
Much like Dawkins, Moton would add depth at both tackle and guard.

3rd round

Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky, (5-11/198)

Taylor has become a draft crush for Rotoworld's Josh Norris, and for good reason. Behind Davis, he may be the best route runner in this draft. His suddenness jumps out on tape. He's lightning quick out of his breaks. He's decent after the catch and has OK hands.

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado, (6-0/205)
Speaking of draft crushes, Awuize has been one of my favorites all season. A two-star recruit out of high school, Awuzie was the second-best corner in the Pac 12 after Jones. He's not the most athletic corner, but he's disruptive, physical and smart. He only had three career interceptions, but registered nine sacks, 25 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles in his career. The combine will give a better indication of where he should be projected.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Toldeo, (5-11/208)
The more I watch Hunt, the more I love. He has ballerina feet and sneaky power. He was also outstanding as a receiver out of the backfield and had decent moments in pass pro. He was named the North Team's Outstanding Player during the Senior Bowl after running for 118 yards on 15 carries.

Other possibilities

Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson, (6-0/210)

Gallman got lost on a star-studded offense, but he was a bell cow with great patience and toughness.

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma, (5-10/235)
Perine has crazy power and lives for contact. He's an ideal short-yardage back.

Kevin King, CB, Washington, (6-3/192)
On the other side of Jones, King was tested and passed those tests often. May not be a fit for Schwartz, but he can play.

4th round

Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan, (6-3/299)

With Bennie Logan's free agency looming, the Eagles need to look for defensive tackles. There's nothing fancy about Glasgow. He's big, strong and uses his hands well. 

Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech, (6-1/191)
Henderson is coming out early after a monster junior season (82 catches, 1,535 yards and 19 TDs). This guy is crazy explosive. His 40 time may give him a bump in projection. If he doesn't run well, the tape shows plenty of game speed. Especially for a guy in the fourth round.

Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State, (5-10/183)
Kazee is more of a projection, but his speed is real. So are his balls skills (15 INTs the last two seasons). He needs to learn the nuances of playing corner, but he could be an intriguing ball of clay for Schwartz to mold.

Other possibilities

Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU, (6-4/299)
Glasgow is more of an ideal replacement for Logan, while Godchaux may offer a little more in the pass rush in a rotation with Beau Allen.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova, (6-7/280)
A physical specimen, Kpassagon may not be an ideal fit for the Eagles' defense, but he's a player who can be disruptive from multiple positions along the line and can fit any system.

5th round

Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU, (6-0/211)
Williams looks like he was made in a running back factory. He has some decent cutback ability but may not have the speed to become a No. 1 back. Williams and Wendell Smallwood, last year's fifth-round pick, could be an interesting tandem. He averaged 5.9 yards a carry as a senior, but didn't show much in the passing game.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina, (5-9/179)
Switzer will have to play in the slot at the next level, but he should excel there. He runs solid routes, isn't afraid to go over the middle and has extremely reliable hands (74 percent catch rate in 2016). This would mean a shift to the outside for Jordan Matthews, who is up for an extension this offseason.

6th round

Joe Mathis, DE/OLB, Washington, (6-2/255)
Mathis suffered a season-ending foot injury six games into his senior year. It couldn't have come at a worse time for Mathis, who recorded five sacks in his last four games before the injury. It appeared Mathis was on the verge of a breakout season as a DE/OLB. I'd be interested to see what he could do as a 4-3 end. He has a high motor and plays with discipline.

Amba Etta-Tawoo, WR, Syracuse, (6-2/202)
I have no idea what to make of this guy, but it's impossible to deny his production and size. A Maryland transfer, Etta-Tawoo had a monster season with 94 catches, 1,482 yards and 14 TDs. Is he a one-year wonder or can he translate any of that production to the NFL? In the sixth round, he's certainly worth a flier.

7th round

Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple, (5-10/188)

In a deep running back class, one of the greatest backs in Temple history may go undrafted. Thomas carried the load for Temple in 2015, but shared some of it in 2016. One of his best games was a 135-yard, two-touchdown effort in 2015 against a Penn State team that saw three of their defensive linemen become NFL draft picks. Thomas is also a strong receiver out of the backfield, hauling in 33 passes for 418 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

Noble Nwachukwu, DE, West Virginia, (6-2/275)
Nwachukwu's sacks are all a result of his incredible size and strength. He's super raw, but there may be something to work with here. He struggled with injuries in 2016, but had a quality junior year, recording 7½ sacks and 11½ tackles for a loss.

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie isn't often very outspoken on football or political matters. 

He has apparently made an exception. 

Just a few days before Lurie is tentatively scheduled to speak to Philadelphia reporters while in Phoenix for the league's annual meetings, the Eagles owner authored a story for Time Magazine railing against political polarization in Washington.

Lurie has not spoken to reporters publicly since last March in Boca Raton, Florida, at the 2016 owners meetings. 

The owner's essay was published just hours after House Republican leaders pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday afternoon. Lurie, for the record, donated money to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.

Lurie, the Eagles' 65-year-old billionaire owner, in the story, uses football as an example for which Washington should strive. 

Here's how Lurie begins the piece:

"What do football, political polarization and autism have in common? They all illuminate aspects of the human condition, explaining who we are, where we are headed and the hurdles along the way. As a sports team owner I rarely publicly discuss politics, but as a member of a family touched by autism, I often think about the unspoken millions of people who live with the daily challenges of this disorder."

Lurie then goes on to explain why football can act as a guide for Washington when it comes to united for the common good:

"What I have learned from football can be applied to society at large. Just as we intensely game-plan against an opponent in sports, we need to game plan for the reality and consequences of polarization. Extreme polarization is the opponent -- not each other. A football team is made up of players from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and political viewpoints. What unites them is grit, determination, and the desire to win. They join in a common goal and do what is necessary to transcend their differences for the greater good of their team.

"What unites Americans is far more negative. We are now in an age where communicating verifiable information becomes secondary to the goal of creating a common enemy that unifies people in fear, negativity and opposition. This masks our inability to solve serious domestic problems (poverty, violence and institutional racism to name three current examples) and diverts our attention from obvious suffering."

Lurie then writes that we, as Americans, have the "necessary resources" to tackle serious problems, like autism, but lack the leadership to put aside differences. 

The whole piece isn't very long and is worth reading in full to gain a better understanding of its context. 

Next week while in Phoenix, Lurie will surely be asked about what motivated him to write the piece. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.