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Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles get potential shutdown corner

Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles get potential shutdown corner

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, which means the 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner. The Eagles will either hold the No. 14 or 15 overall pick (the pick will be decided via coin flip) thanks to their trade with the Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Sam Bradford. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 1.0 to get you ready for the 2017 NFL draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

*Denotes junior
** Denotes redshirt sophomore

1. Cleveland Browns - *DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 6-5/270
Garrett is going to be a disruptive player in the NFL for a long time. He should fit just fine in Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.

2. San Francisco 49ers - DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3/291
If Allen had come out as a junior last season — like Garrett this year — he likely would've been picked in the teens. Allen gives the 49ers another young, talented piece in their front seven. New GM John Lynch will opt for defense and look to get new head coach Kyle Shanahan a veteran quarterback.

3. Chicago Bears - *QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina, 6-3/220
Trubisky has the best arm talent of any quarterback in the draft. Then again, the arm talent of the current Bears’ quarterback has never been questioned. Trubisky’s tools will be too much for the Bears to pass up.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - *RB Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1/235
Fournette has the best strength and speed combo I've seen since Adrian Peterson. He battled a nagging ankle sprain all season, but when he did play, he was scary. He'll add a dynamic playmaker and a physical aspect to the Jaguars' offense.

5. Tennessee Titans - **CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State, 6-1/192
Lattimore has elite size and athleticism. Jason McCourty has one year left on his deal and there's not a ton of depth at that position. Lattimore has the potential to become a No. 1 corner.

6. New York Jets - *S Jamal Adams, LSU, 6-1/213
Calvin Pryor has struggled. So has the entire Jets' secondary. Enter Jamal Adams, a special safety with the ability to disrupt against the run and the pass. The best part of his game is his calmness. He dissects plays and plays under control.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - **S Malik Hooker, Ohio State, 6-2/205
Hooker is an elite centerfielder with crazy range and ball skills. He's been compared to future HOF safety Ed Reed. He adds to a Chargers defense that could be a decent unit if healthy. 

8. Carolina Panthers - *DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3/265
After Garrett, Barnett is probably the best pure pass rusher in this draft. The Panthers desperately need a strong outside rusher to complement their depth at tackle and linebacker.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - LB Reuben Foster, Alabama, 6-1/228
A pick that just makes a ton of sense. Foster has been (fairly) compared to the Panthers' Luke Kuechly. He forms a scary tandem with Vontaze Burfict playing on the weakside.

10. Buffalo Bills - *QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame, 6-4/230
The Tyrod Taylor situation was a mess. So was Rex Ryan's firing. Welcome to Buffalo, DeShone! From watching the three likely first-round quarterbacks, Kizer is the one I actually like the most. I see a lot of Steve McNair in him.

11. New Orleans Saints - *DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford, 6-3/273
You could really project any defensive player to the Saints here. Thomas teams up with last year's first-round pick, Sheldon Rankins, and veteran Cameron Jordan. That has the makings of a solid unit.

12. Cleveland Browns - *QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson, 6-3/215
This would work out pretty well for Cleveland. They'd get arguably the best player in the draft and the best quarterback in college football last season. Watson's intangibles are off the charts. His decision making waned at times during the year, but his National Championship performance was one for the ages.

13. Arizona Cardinals - *WR Mike Williams, Clemson, 6-3/225
Sorry, Eagles fans, but I just don't see a way Williams gets to No. 14 or 15. He could easily go in the top 10. Williams is a perfect fit for Arizona. He can learn under future HOFer Larry Fitzgerald. 

14/15. Indianapolis Colts - DE/OLB Tim Williams, Alabama, 6-4/252
Like the Saints, you could throw any defensive player here and it would be a solid pick. Williams isn't just a pass rusher, either. He's instinctive and disruptive in the run game as well. He's a perfect replacement for the retiring Robert Mathis.

14/15. Philadelphia Eagles - *CB Sidney Jones, Washington, 6-0/181
Jones isn't the sexiest name available, but he's been an outstanding football player for Washington. After starting 25 of 26 games and racking up six interceptions in his freshman and sophomore seasons, teams stayed away from Jones in 2016.

Before the Peach Bowl, Alabama head coach Nick Saban compared Washington's secondary to the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom. If that's the case, Jones was the Huskies' Richard Sherman. Jones lined up on the left and locked down that side of the field. According to PFF, Jones only saw 48 targets, 199th in the nation. Opposing quarterbacks had a rating of 42.2 when targeting him.

He'd fit in Jim Schwartz's scheme. He excels in both man and zone coverage and plays the game with a ton of confidence. He's fluid in his movements and may be the most technically sound corner in this draft. He's got long arms and is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. Jones can start right away and make an impact in the Eagles' secondary.

Sure, receiver is a huge need as well. At this point, Western Michigan's Corey Davis would be the best on the board. As good as Davis is (I profiled him relentlessly this season), a player like Jones, with the potential to become a shutdown corner, is more valuable. Florida's Teez Tabor will be brought up in this range as well. He's another very good prospect, but Jones is a more consistent player and the one the Eagles should take.

16. Baltimore Ravens - WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan, 6-3/213
If the Eagles take Davis, I wouldn't be surprised. Davis is a precise route runner who is physical and fast. He's been my draft crush all year and worthy of top-10 consideration. A minor ankle procedure will cause him to miss pre-draft workouts, but it shouldn't affect his draft status.

17. Washington Redskins - *WR John Ross, Washington, 5-11/190
The Redskins will likely lose DeSean Jackson and possibly Pierre Garcon this offseason. If they're looking for replacements with similar skills, they could take the lightning fast Ross to pair with last year's first-round pick Josh Doctson.

18. Tennessee Titans - *CB Teez Tabor, Florida, 6-0/201
Tabor has impressed with his ball skills and his swagger, something people have noted as a trait Schwartz will appreciate. I wouldn't fault the Eagles for taking Tabor instead of Jones. I just see Jones as the more reliable of the two. Tabor and Lattimore could be a formidable duo for the Titans.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - *RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11/213
With Doug Martin's future uncertain, Cook is a legitimate playmaker and a three-down back. Martin finished second in the league in rushing in 2015 in Dirk Koetter's offense. Cook should be able to have similar success. 

20. Denver Broncos - *OT Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6/310
The Broncos need to establish themselves as a run-first offense and protect whoever is under center. Robinson has been a hotly debated prospect, but I still consider him the No. 1 offensive lineman on the board.

21. Detroit Lions - **CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, 6-1/196
Before struggling in the College Football Playoff, many experts considered Humphrey the best corner in the draft. He has world-class speed. He's also got great size and is a physical player.

22. Miami Dolphins - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama, 6-6/251
The run on Alabama players continues. Jarvis Landry is a model of consistency while Devante Parker had a decent sophomore campaign. The Dolphins also saw running back Jay Ajayi emerge as a bell cow back. Howard gives Ryan Tannehill a serious threat at tight end as head coach Adam Gase continues to get more pieces for his offense.

23. New York Giants - *LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, 6-4/230
For as strong as the Giants' defense was, they were still missing a playmaking linebacker. Cunningham fits that bill. He's likely more of a 4-3 outside linebacker at the next level, but spent his time on the inside at Vandy. With his athleticism, he never has to come off the field.

24. Oakland Raiders - *TE David Njoku, Miami, 6-4/245
Derek Carr has two outside threats in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and the team would be wise to bring back free-agent running back Latavius Murray. In Njoku, Carr gets a dynamic tight end who can expose the middle of the defense and stretch the field.

25. Houston Texans - *OT, Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, 6-6/314
Could the Texans use this pick in an attempt to get a quarterback? After watching Brock Osweiler this year, they probably should. But Ramczyk could fill a similar hole as Lane Johnson did for the Eagles. He could start his career at right tackle before taking over on the left for a former All-Pro in Duane Brown.

26. Seattle Seahawks - *OT Garett Bolles, Utah, 6-5/300
The Seahawks just miss out on Ramczyk but get a decent consolation prize in Bolles. While Ramczyk may fit better in the run game, Bolles is very long and athletic. He needs to add some strength, but Bolles has potential.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - *RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0/200
Jamaal Charles has likely played his last game with the Chiefs and perhaps his last game ever. Spencer Ware had a good season, but McCaffrey offers more. Give McCaffrey Charcandrick West's touches, and Ware and McCaffrey could form a nice one-two punch in Andy Reid's offense.

28. Dallas Cowboys - DE Taco Charlton, Michigan, 6-6/272
Charlton is a perfect fit for Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys. Dallas hasn't had a player register double-digit sacks since 2013. Charlton may not reach that mark in 2017, but certainly has the potential to do it in the future.

29. Green Bay Packers - DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, 6-2/265
Both Charlton and McKinley could end up going earlier. This a great draft for edge rushers, especially in the first round. What stands out most about McKinley is his length. His hands almost touch the ground in a two-point stance. With Julius Peppers and Nick Perry set to hit free agency, McKinley may be the best player available and fit a need.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - *DE Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3/260
Harris played primarily with his hand in the dirt, but I thought some of his better pass rushes came out of a two-point stance. James Harrison isn't immortal (I don't think), so the Steelers need to groom someone on the other side of the promising Bud Dupree. The disappointing Jarvis Jones is also a free agent.

31. Atlanta Falcons - *S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, 6-1/205
Peppers is a weird prospect because nobody is quite sure where he fits and he only had one career interception. There's clearly talent there, but it's tough to define him as either a safety or linebacker (or a running back?). I bet on Dan Quinn to find a use for Peppers as he continues to build his defense around dynamic athletes.

32. New England Patriots - *DE, Carl Lawson, Auburn, 6-2/253
For as stingy as the Patriots' defense was, they could have used a little more sack production from their outside rushers. Lawson would be an intriguing prospect for Bill Belichick and company. He isn't as physically imposing as Charlton or McKinley, but he was just as disruptive in 2016.

Eagles rookie report: Jake Elliott's heroics; Rasul Douglas' 1st INT; Corey Clement's 1st TD

Eagles rookie report: Jake Elliott's heroics; Rasul Douglas' 1st INT; Corey Clement's 1st TD

Well, it's not very often that we'll lead our rookie report with a kicker.

But ... wow.

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott buried a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 27-24 win over the Giants in the home opener at the Linc (see breakdown).

Elliott hit a pair of clutch kicks overshadowed corner Rasul Douglas snagging his first interception and running back Corey Clement getting his first score (see observations).

Let's take a look at a few of the highlights in our Week 3 rookie report.

1st quarter, 15:00 - Eagles 0, Giants 0
For the second time in three weeks, Clement made an impact on the opening kickoff. In Week 1, he made a nice special-teams tackle to pin the Redskins inside their own 20. Against the Giants, he took the opening kickoff from the goal line and took it 35 yards to set the Eagles up with nice field position.

2nd quarter, 7:59, 1st-and-10 at PHI 42 - Eagles 7, Giants 0
On this play, Eli Manning tried to go tempo, something he did often to attempt to mitigate the Eagles' pass rush. The defense does look a little out of sorts with Malcolm Jenkins scrambling to get into position. Douglas has 1-on-1 coverage on veteran Brandon Marshall. The rookie corner plays it perfectly. He runs stride for stride with Marshall and Manning throws it up for grabs. Douglas times it perfectly and snags it for his first NFL interception. 

Admittedly, this was a god-awful decision by Manning, but still good on the rookie to not get flustered, know his assignment and make a play. On the replay, you can see Douglas doesn't even get his mouthpiece in. Again, great poise for a guy in his second NFL game.

2nd quarter, 1:37, 1st-and-10 at PHI 37 - Eagles 7, Giants 0
A very similar situation arises on the next series. The Giants are in the two-minute drill around the same part of the field and Douglas is once again matched up 1-on-1 against Marshall. This time, Marshall runs a five-yard hitch. Douglas reads it perfectly and is ready to make a play on the football. Unfortunately, Patrick Robinson tips the ball in the slot and it falls incomplete. You can see Douglas telling Robinson after the play that he had a pick six lined up. The rookie's swagger is starting to show.

2nd quarter:29, 3rd-and-goal at PHI 1 - Eagles 7, Giants 0
Better to be lucky than good? Douglas is lined up over the much quicker Sterling Shepard. Shepard beats Douglas off the line and Manning makes a perfect throw. Shepard catches it but then he doesn't. As he falls to the ground, he doesn't complete the process of the catch. Sure looked like a TD to me, but that's the rule. Whatever, fourth down. This is a tough matchup for Douglas against a shifty player like Shepard. 

4th quarter, 14:15, 1st-and-10 at PHI 44 - Eagles 14, Giants 0
Manning throws the ball immediately to Marshall with Douglas playing soft coverage. Douglas again makes an aggressive play and drives on the football, getting Marshall down for a two-yard gain. On the next play, the Giants took advantage of the soft coverage and Manning hits Marshall on a 14-yard hitch for a first down.

4th quarter, 13:07, 1st-and-10 at PHI 28 - Eagles 14, Giants 0
Same as the previous first down play with an immediate throw to Marshall. Douglas reads it again and almost blows the play up. Instead, Douglas whiffs on the tackle and Marshall takes it for 18 yards. But this isn't a bad play by Douglas at all. Sure, he needs to make the tackle, but again, this type of aggressive play is what the Eagles saw at West Virginia and why they picked him in the third round. By this time next year, as Douglas gets more comfortable, that play might turn into a pick.

4th quarter, 10:47, 1st-and-10 at PHI 17 - Eagles 14, Giants 14
Up to this point, Clement had just three carries for three yards. But on this carry, you see what the Eagles like about him. It's a three-wide set with Zach Ertz lined up in a wing position to the left. Ertz and left guard (on this possession) Stefen Wisniewski pull to the right. Clement waits for both blockers to clear and then hits the hole with a decent burst for a seven-yard gain, his longest rush of the game, until ...

4th quarter, 5:40, 1st-and-10 at NYG 15 - Giants 21, Eagles 14
Again, another example of Clement's patience and vision. Both Wisniewski and center Jason Kelce pull to the left. Clement takes the carry off tackle to the left. Just like the previous play, he waits for his blockers and takes the ball to the edge. Once he gets to the second level, he runs through the arm tackle of safety Darian Thompson and plunges into the end zone. I was slightly surprised to see Clement get so many opportunities in the fourth quarter, but he took advantage of them. 

(There was a sloppy exchange between Clement and quarterback Carson Wentz on a second-down run but the ball was held on to.)

4th quarter:56, 4th-and-7 at NYG 28 - Giants 24, Eagles 21
I won't pretend to be an expert on the kicking game, but I know Elliot making a 46-yarder to tie the game with under a minute left in the fourth quarter of his team's home opener is clutch. And for a rookie to knock this kick through? Wow. 

4th quarter:01, 1st-and-10 at NYG 43 - Eagles 24, Giants 24
And you thought the last kick was clutch. You can't even quantify how special of a kick this was. Elliott's career-long at Memphis was 56 yards. He nails a 61-yarder just inside the right goal post, the longest in Eagles' history, with no time left to win it. Onions!

Elliott may have just Wally Pipp'd Caleb Sturgis. Elliott missed a 52-yarder wide left in the third quarter, but boy, did he make up for it. Elliott was an excellent — and clutch — kicker at Memphis. Good enough to warrant a fifth-round pick. The Eagles might have accidentally found a very good, young kicker (see report card)

It appeared for most of the game that Douglas shadowed Marshall, which makes sense. Douglas' length, physicality and aggressiveness are the perfect mix to slow down a player like Marshall. Douglas has shown glimpses of being a starting-caliber corner, but he'll be tested plenty as the season goes on.

Clement finished the day with six carries for 22 yards, but the Glassboro, New Jersey, native was able to record his first NFL touchdown roughly a half hour away from where he grew up. What a special moment.

First-round pick Derek Barnett didn't have much of an impact because of the Giants' game plan to get the ball out of Manning's hands as fast as possible.

Jake Elliott drills 2 field goals in game's final minute to push Eagles past Giants

Jake Elliott drills 2 field goals in game's final minute to push Eagles past Giants


Jake Elliott is getting a free beer tonight. Anywhere in Philadelphia.

The Eagles' rookie kicker drilled a 61-yard field goal as the clock ran out Sunday to give the Eagles a 27-24 win at Lincoln Financial Field (see Roob's observations).

After giving fans heart attacks throughout the Delaware Valley, the Eagles pulled off a tight win Sunday afternoon at the Linc.

The Eagles let the Giants back into the game, but they were able to take them down 27-24.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 2-1 on the season and are 2-0 in the division. Meanwhile, the Giants are off to a disastrous start at 0-3.

The Giants came into the weekend against the ropes and the Eagles might have delivered the knockout punch. Although it wasn't pretty. Regardless, it'll be extremely tough for the Giants to rebound from an 0-3 start.

The Eagles' defense was pitching a shutout until the fourth quarter, and they were doing it without four starters on defense. They didn't have Rodney McLeod or Ronald Darby and then they lost Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks during the game.

The Giants were shut out on their first seven drives but put up 21 points in less than six minutes in the fourth quarter.

On offense, Doug Pederson actually called running plays and they worked. LeGarrette Blount led the way and the Eagles were able to make big gains on the ground against the Giants' talented front four.

Turning point
The field goal. Duh.

Key stat
The 61-yarder from Elliott is a franchise record.

Key plays
• Alshon Jeffery caught a 19-yard pass to put the Eagles in field goal range and Elliott came through.

• Elliott hit a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24 with 51 seconds left.

• Malcolm Jenkins was called for a pass interference that led to the Giants' field goal that put them up 24-21.

• Torrey Smith was able to draw a huge 36-yard defensive pass interference and rookie Corey Clement ran for a 15-yard touchdown on the next play to tie the score at 21-21.

• Sterling Shepard caught a quick slant in front of Patrick Robinson, and Chris Maragos couldn't make the play as Shepard went for a 77-yard touchdown to give the Giants a 21-14 lead.

• Odell Beckham Jr. made a ridiculous one-handed catch in the end zone to tie the game at 14-14. Jalen Mills had tight coverage but it didn't matter.

• Zach Ertz caught a quick pass but then fumbled the ball away to give the Giants great field position at the Eagles' 33-yard line.

• The Giants broke the shutout early in the fourth quarter when Eli Manning hit Beckham Jr. for a 10-yard touchdown. After the play, Beckham was flagged for his celebration. He acted like a dog and fake urinated on the field.

• The Eagles stopped the Giants on 4th-and-2 late in the third quarter. They made it down to the Eagles' 13-yard line before the stop. Tim Jernigan provided the pressure and Patrick Robinson broke up the pass. The play before, Mills had a great PBU.

• On a broken play, Wentz tried to hit Jeffery deep, but Eli Apple tackled him before the ball got there. That 41-yard pass interference penalty set up the second touchdown of the game and helped the Eagles go up 14-0.

• Mychal Kendricks tipped up a Manning pass and Robinson pulled in an interception. It was their second of the day.

• Elliott missed a 52-yarder that would have given them a two-score game early in the third quarter. He had plenty of leg but pulled it left.

• The Eagles dropped running back Orleans Darkwa for a one-yard loss on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the second quarter. Vinny Curry blew up the play and Joe Walker helped take Darkwa down.

• On the play before the goal line stand, Shepard should have had a touchdown but he couldn't complete the catch to the ground. The Eagles got away with one there.

• The Giants had a short field to work with on their near-touchdown drive because of an over-aggressive play call from Pederson. The Eagles' head coach went for it on 4th-and-8 at the Giants' 43-yard line. Wentz was sacked for a loss. The Eagles could have punted and tried to pin the feeble Giants offense deep.

• Rasul Douglas got his first career interception in the second quarter when Manning tried to hit Brandon Marshall deep down the left side of the field. The rookie high-pointed the ball and brought it down (see rookie report).

• It wasn't really a play but the Eagles' 18-play, 90-yard drive in the first half was a beauty. They took 9:34 off the clock before Blount punched in a one-yard touchdown.

• During that drive, Wentz pulled off another crazy Houdini move on third down. He somehow slipped away from would-be tacklers and scrambled for an 11-yard gain and a first down to keep it going.

Offensive stud
Maybe Blount got a chance to introduce himself to Pederson this week. After not getting a single carry last week, Blount had a big game against the Giants (see report card).

Offensive dud
Chance Warmack started the game at left guard, gave up a sack and was then pulled for Stefen Wisniewski. He returned but didn't do much.

And Ertz just can't fumble the ball in that situation.

Defensive stud
Kendricks had a big game. He had the assist on the interception and a big run stuff later.

Defensive dud
It's hard to give this to Mills, but we'll have to. He actually had a pretty good game but couldn't stop Beckham Jr. on the two touchdowns. It's fair to say there aren't many who would have been able to stop him, though.

The Eagles were without McLeod (hamstring), Jaylen Watkins (hamstring), Corey Graham (hamstring), Darby (ankle) and Destiny Vaeao (wrist) for the game.

Cox (calf), Hicks (ankle) and Darren Sproles (wrist) left the game in the first half and did not return.

Up next
The Eagles will be in Los Angeles next week to take on the Chargers. It'll be the first of two trips to L.A. this season.