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.

Former Eagles personnel exec Tom Gamble leaves 49ers

Former Eagles personnel exec Tom Gamble leaves 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Longtime San Francisco 49ers personnel executive Tom Gamble is leaving the organization after a front-office overhaul this offseason.

General manager John Lynch announced on Wednesday that he and Gamble decided it would be in the best interest for the team and Gamble for him to leave the team.

Lynch was hired as GM to replace Trent Baalke late last month. Lynch then hired former Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew as a senior personnel executive and Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel to be his top personnel executives.

Gamble has 29 years of experience in the NFL, including 10 years with the 49ers. He was assistant general manager for San Francisco this past season.

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

Eagles Mailbag: Bennie Logan, top WRs in draft, Jeremy Maclin return?

There hasn't been much Eagles talk recently. The last few weeks have been pretty dead. 

That's about to change soon enough. Next week, the football world will take over Indianapolis for the combine and just after that, free agency will begin on March 9. After that, the draft isn't too far away. 

So let's jump into your mailbag questions: 

Yeah, I think there's a real chance Bennie Logan isn't an Eagle next year. Howie Roseman has been pretty consistent in saying he wants Logan to return, but it's fair to wonder about the price. Logan has now proven that he can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, so there will be plenty of teams interested. 

If the Eagles lose Logan, their defense will take a big hit. There's not really a way around that. He's a good player and has been an important part of the line. But with a ton of money devoted to the defensive line over the next few years -- even assuming Connor Barwin isn't back -- will the Eagles pay another? I'm not so sure. 

And I agree that Logan was really good against the run last year. But I think his real value is in being great against the run while also being able to generate some pass rush. I think Beau Allen can be a decent run-stuffer, but he's clearly not the same player as Logan. 

I can't give a real answer here. Sorry. While I don't wholeheartedly agree with the best player available notion, the Eagles also can't prioritize one need over the other in this scenario. There will be either 13 or 14 picks before the Eagles are on the board. 

Really, it's going to depend on which players are left. Are Mike Williams and Corey Davis on the board? How about the top corners? There's a lot of them. If the player the Eagles really want at one of those positions is off the board, they could look elsewhere. And it's not automatic they'll take a receiver or a cornerback. What if they opt for an edge rusher? 

But getting back to corner vs. receiver, there are a couple thoughts: 

1. They'll pick a corner because receivers are far from a sure thing. Roseman made it a point to talk about how the 2014 draft changed expectations for rookie receivers. And the Eagles haven't had much luck recently drafting receivers in the first round. And Roseman has also said that while it might make sense to grab a first-round corner in the second round because of depth, there's often a run at positions where a draft is strong. It would be better to just get the best one. 

2. On the flip side of that, maybe they'll pick a receiver with the idea that at least one really good corner will be on the board in the second round. That would maximize value, especially if they get the receiver they want in the first round. 

That's a long way to say: I don't think it'll be about position as much as it will be about the specific player at 14 or 15. 

This is a tough one. I really think the margin separating these two is so close that the combine could flip them for me. But for now, I'm going with Mike Williams. 

Clemson listed him at 6-3, 225 and I think he's going to come close to that at the combine. And he might not have Corey Davis' speed or quick twitch, but he makes up for it. I really want to see how he performs at the combine; I expect it to confirm my belief that he's the top receiver in the draft. Davis will reportedly not run at the combine because of an ankle injury. 

It's possible a team like the Eagles could fall in love with Davis' deep threat ability. That's clearly what they value right now. But ultimately, I think Williams is the top guy. 

I don't think Ryan Mathews will be back next season. He's 29, coming off a serious neck injury and is way too expensive. The Eagles can save $4 million by cutting him. I expect that to happen and for the Eagles to try to find some younger, healthier talent. 

Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy! Let's get the band back together! 

I understand why the Maclin questions are rolling in. An ESPN column recently suggested that the Chiefs could cut the former Eagle. Maclin is familiar with the Eagles' offense and Doug Pederson, which means the move would make some sense. 

But from a football standpoint, Jackson would give the Eagles what they need more than Maclin. Over the last couple years, Maclin has really been utilized in the slot, which happens to be where the Eagles' only decent receiver plays. Sure, Pederson will move around his receivers, but there are probably better fits out there for the Eagles than Maclin. If he does become a free agent, though, it's at least worth inquiring.