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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.

There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

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There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he didn't want to "push any panic buttons" because of his offensive line. 

Turns out, he might be ready to. 

During the portion of Wednesday's practice that is open to reporters, Chance Warmack took first-team left guard reps between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce during individual drills. Isaac Seumalo was no longer working with the first team. It could possibly be a sign of things to come. 

The team portion of practice is closed to media members. 

Seumalo, the second-year offensive lineman out of Oregon State, had a terrible game against the Chiefs on Sunday. He gave up four of the six sacks the Eagles allowed and three of them went to defensive end Chris Jones, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. 

Seumalo, 23, admitted after the 27-20 loss Sunday that he needed to play better (see story). Meanwhile, Pederson pointed out some of Seumalo's issues — dropping his head, late hands, getting off the ball late — but said they were correctable. 

"So we'll evaluate the whole thing," Pederson continued Wednesday after saying he didn't want to push panic buttons. "It's not — again, it's not just one guy. If you're going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I'm part of the pie, too. We'll evaluate it and we'll keep evaluating it."

Seumalo was handed the starting left guard job at the start of this training camp. The team decided that and was set to release veteran, and previous starter, Allen Barbre until they were able to get a conditional seventh-round pick for him. Looking back, they might have made that move too hastily. 

For the first two games of the season, Warmack has been inactive. It's the first time in his NFL career that he's been healthy and hasn't played. The former 10th overall pick joined the Eagles this offseason on a one-year deal but has since signed an extension to keep him under contract through the 2018 season. Warmack, after the first game of the season, said he was trying not to read into anything (see story)

In Philadelphia, Warmack has been reunited with his college position coach Jeff Stoutland. That was a big part of the reason he decided to join the Eagles. 

In addition to Warmack, the Eagles also have veteran Stefen Wisniewski available to play guard. 

Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

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Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

The Eagles are pretty light at defensive back Wednesday.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins, who both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City, didn't practice Wednesday. 

"Right now, day to day," Pederson said. "Keep evaluating, keep monitoring both of those guys."

Defensive back Corey Graham also didn't practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury of his own. He was on the field wearing a baseball cap, chatting with McLeod, Watkins and Sidney Jones.

The Eagles are down to just six healthy defensive backs without McLeod, Watkins, Graham and Ronald Darby, who is out for at least another few weeks with a dislocated ankle. 

Despite the numbers in the secondary, the Eagles still haven't filled the empty spot on their roster. The Eagles have had the 53rd spot empty since they placed Donnel Pumphrey on IR with a torn hamstring Friday.

Pederson said the Eagles are going to "keep [their] eyes open" but haven't made a decision on how to fill the empty roster spot yet. They have just one defensive back on their practice squad. They signed former Chiefs corner De'Vante Bausby last week.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off the Bears' practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, but the Bears were able to keep him by promoting him to their active roster.

The Eagles were so light at safety in Sunday's game that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted the team started to prepare linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill to go into the game. On Wednesday, the Eagles had just two healthy safeties: Malcolm Jenkins and the seldom-used Chris Maragos. 

DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also missed Wednesday's practice. He missed the game on Sunday.