Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Eagles get productive edge rusher

Hudrick's 2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Eagles get productive edge rusher

The 2017 NFL draft is right around the corner. The Eagles will either hold the No. 14 overall pick thanks to their trade with the Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Sam Bradford. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 2.0 to get you ready for the 2017 NFL draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Version 1.0 is here

*Denotes junior
** Denotes redshirt sophomore

1. Cleveland Browns - *Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, 6-4/272
This is a slam dunk. Moving on.

2. San Francisco 49ers - *Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford, 6-2/273
With Kirk Cousins still in their sights for the future, new GM John Lynch goes defense. New defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is a Pete Carroll disciple. The Seahawks have used bigger linemen (Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril) as ends in their 4-3. Thomas is versatile and can be effective on the inside or outside.

3. Chicago Bears - *Jamal Adams , S, LSU, 6-0/214
The signing of former Eagle Quintin Demps means safety isn't an immediate need, but Adams is such a difference maker. He's instinctual, tough, physical and can cover. He's the type of player you can build your defense around.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - *Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, 6-0/240
The Jags have invested heavily on their defense. With no offensive line prospects being worthy at No. 4, they add a special player in Fournette. Fournette takes pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles. T.J. Yeldon will also be a nice change-of-pace complement to Fournette's powerful style.

5. Tennessee Titans - **Marshawn Lattimore, CB, Ohio State, 6-0/193
In a deep corner class, Lattimore is the best of the bunch. He's a physical prototype and has plenty of speed. His multiple hamstring injuries may scare some teams off, but Lattimore has the potential to be a shutdown corner.

6. New York Jets - *Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina, 6-2/222
If the Jets stay here, they could go in any direction. Trubisky has all the physical tools you want in a franchise quarterback. He was a one-year wonder for the Tar Heels so the acquisition of vet Josh McCown can only help Trubisky.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - **Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State, 6-1/206
Hooker is an elite centerfielder who also has limited college experience. His testing numbers in Indy only confirmed that Hooker is an excellent athlete. His presence adds more intrigue to an already promising young defense in LA.

8. Carolina Panthers - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, 6-6/251
Howard can team with All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen to form a scary tight end duo. Howard not only gives Cam Newton another receiving threat but also an outstanding blocker at the tight end position. If Fournette slips, he's an ideal fit as well.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama, 6-3/286
With the three main cogs to the Bengals' front -- Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson -- all approaching 30 and nearing the end of their deals, the Bengals need to get a little younger up front. Allen is a guy that can help a team immediately and in the future. 

10. Buffalo Bills - *Mike Williams, WR, Clemson, 6-4/218
Keep an eye on Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster in this spot. New head coach Sean McDermott could use a Luke Kuechly-type 'backer to lead his defense in Buffalo. With that said, I'm going with Williams to pair with another former Clemson receiver in Sammy Watkins. Williams and Watkins have skill sets that will complement each other well.

11. New Orleans Saints - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama, 6-0/229
The Saints need all the defensive help they can get. Foster is a fast and physical linebacker that can fit in any defense. The Kuechly comparisons are fair. Foster can get sideline to sideline in a flash and punish ball carriers upon arrival.

12. Cleveland Browns - *Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, 6-2/221
Keeping Watson here. Again, it's a nice haul for the Browns getting Garrett and then Watson. Watson showed enough at Clemson for Hue Jackson to think he can get the most out of him. He might be the "safest" of the first-round quarterbacks, but he also might have the lowest ceiling.

13. Arizona Cardinals - *Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech, 6-2/225
When it was first suggested that Mahomes could be a first-round pick, I thought the draft world had gone crazy. When I went back and watched him, I saw what others saw. There are plenty of tools for Bruce Arians to work with. With that said, he is super raw. The release is slow, the mechanics are a mess and the decision-making is questionable. Given a little seasoning, the Cardinals might have Carson Palmer's eventual replacement.

14. Philadelphia Eagles - *Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, 6-3/259
It's odd. When I read mocks from/talk to people I respect, the responses are mixed on Barnett. Some think there's no way he gets out of the top 10 (like Ray Didinger). Others don't think he's worthy of being picked in the top 15. I could see him slipping to 14 and if he does, the Eagles should pounce.

No, Barnett is not a physical and athletic specimen like Garrett, but Barnett is just a damn good football player. After Garrett, it's clear Barnett is this draft's best pure pass rusher. Barnett racked up 32 sacks, breaking Tennessee's all-time record, set by some guy named Reggie White. Is Barnett the next Minister of Defense? No. But who is?

Barnett will have to earn his time in the rotation with Brandon Graham coming off a strong season and Vinny Curry coming off a rough year after signing a big contract. Veteran Chris Long has also been added to the mix. If Curry's struggles continue, the Eagles could save roughly $5 million by cutting him after the season.

It's worth noting that pass rushers generally struggle as rookies. A year after posting just four sacks for the Falcons as a rookie, former first-round pick Vic Beasley led the NFL in sacks in 2017. Barnett has the potential to be a consistent player at the next level. He wins with violent hands and brute strength. That should translate just fine to the NFL.

15. Indianapolis Colts - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple, 6-1/237
The Colts are also in desperate need of defensive playmakers. Enter the local kid. Reddick has the instincts of an inside 'backer but the pass rush skills of an edge rusher. He could be used inside for early downs and outside for obvious passing downs. Size is a concern as a pass rusher, but recently retired Colt Robert Mathis racked up 123 career sacks playing at around 240 pounds.

16. Baltimore Ravens - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan, 6-3/209
With speedsters Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman in the fold, Davis is a perfect complement as a possession receiver that can play outside or in the slot. Williams might have the higher upside, but Davis is so polished as a route runner he may have the biggest impact of any receiver as a rookie.

17. Washington Redskins - *Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State, 6-6/295
A stud prospect out of high school, McDowell never showed his full potential at Michigan State. An optimist would say he's just scratching the surface of what he can be. A pessimist would say he's an underachiever. It's worth noting that he'll turn just 21 in June. He'd be an intriguing fit as a 3-4 end for Washington.

18. Tennessee Titans - *John Ross, WR, Washington, 5-11/188
The Titans have the opposite situation of the Ravens with solid possession receivers in Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. They need speed and Ross has plenty of it. What I like most about Ross is that he's not just a burner. He actually runs good routes and creates with the ball in his hands.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - *Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, 5-11/202
The McCaffrey-to-the-Eagles hype has been strong. Really McCaffrey's hype in general has been insane since his incredible combine. Projecting McCaffrey to the top 15 is a little too rich for my blood. Along with DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, Jameis Winston would have a full complement of weapons.

20. Denver Broncos - *Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah, 6-5/297
The more I studied the tackles, the more appealing Bolles became. His combine made him only more attractive. He's crazy athletic for a tackle and has a mean streak. His stock is soaring, but I like him here. The Broncos need all the help they can get in protecting whoever their starting quarterback is. 

21. Detroit Lions - *Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State, 6-0/195
Conley isn't the strongest or most physical corner in the draft, but he can flat out cover. Darius Slay has been excellent in Detroit. Putting Conley on the other side could give a Detroit one of the better secondaries in the league.

22. Miami Dolphins - *Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan, 5-11/213
Forget the one career interception, Peppers can play. He proved at the combine that actual ball skills aren't the issue. Nor is his speed. Peppers would form an interesting tandem with former Pro Bowler Reshad Jones. 

23. New York Giants - *Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin, 6-6/310
I actually like Alabama's Cam Robinson more, but I don't think he and Erik Flowers are an ideal pairing. Ramczyk has a better chance to start at left tackle from Day 1. The Giants have plenty of weapons. Now they just need to keep Eli Manning upright.

24. Oakland Raiders - *Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt, 6-3/234
The Raiders have some pieces on defense, but a starting middle linebacker isn't one of them. Cunningham may project better as a playmaking weakside linebacker, but he was a stud as a middle linebacker during his time at Vandy. 

25. Houston Texans - *Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama, 6-6/322
If Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is on the board, the Texans will likely give him a long look. In Robinson they get a right tackle that's strong in the run game and could eventually evolve into a left tackle. Houston could opt to take the same path the Eagles did with Lane Johnson, letting Robinson play on the right before taking over for former All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, 6-6/277
Washington corner Kevin King is a trendy pick here, and he would make sense. I'm going with Charlton. He fits the Seahawks' size profile for DEs, and Bennett and Avril are both in their 30s. Charlton and the emerging Frank Clark could be a formidable duo in the future. He's also a great value pick at 26. 

27. Kansas City Chiefs - *Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State, 5-10/210
Cook drops this low only because of off-the-field issues. The talent is clearly there. Andy Reid has shown in the past he's not afraid to take players with troubles off the field. The hope is a strong head coach with a strong locker room will get the most out of Cook. This also seems like a good spot for Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.

28. Dallas Cowboys - TreDavious White, CB, LSU, 5-11/192
White could easily go in the top 20, so this is a great value pick for Dallas. White isn't a freak athlete like Lattimore, but he's strong in coverage. He should be able to play on the outside in the NFL, but he also has the toughness to play in the slot.

29. Green Bay Packers - Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA, 6-2/250
Corner is a strong possibility, but they could use another edge rusher as well. Nick Perry is back, but Clay Matthews is 30 and there isn't much in the pipeline at the position. McKinley would fit the Packers' profile at outside 'backer and could contribute in a rotation with Perry and Matthews.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - *DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame, 6-4/233
Kizer has a lot of Ben Roethlisberger in him. He has great size, a big arm and is a sneaky athlete. Kizer will have at least one season to learn behind Big Ben. When they hand over the reins to Kizer, he'll have a strong offensive line and elite offensive weapons. Kizer has a chance to be the best quarterback in this class. If he lands in Pittsburgh, those chances only improve.

31. Atlanta Falcons - *David Njoku, TE, Miami, 6-4/246
This would be scary. Njoku is an athletic freak who's excellent after the catch. Giving Matt Ryan Njoku to go along with Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel just doesn't seem fair. I'd have my money on Ryan to repeat as league MVP.

32. New Orleans Saints - **Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama, 6-0/197
Corner is a need and Humphrey has the physical profile of a shutdown corner. He's physical but I was troubled by what I saw out of him during the CFP. He lacks ball skills and has trouble locating the football. If he can improve in those areas, the sky's the limit. 

Todd Herremans recalls unforgettable draft-day call from Eagles

Todd Herremans recalls unforgettable draft-day call from Eagles

When the Eagles held training camp at Lehigh, the day the full team reported to camp was marked by a parade of flashy, high-end vehicles.

In 2009, however, offensive lineman Todd Herremans drove up in something else.

A black — actually matte black — van.

“It was like a crossover — Scooby Doo, A-Team," Herremans said on this week's edition of the Measured Takes podcast with Amy Fadool and Marshall Harris.

Why a black van? Herremans explained how his first couple vehicles were minivans, the second a hand-me-down from his parents, which he drove in college and as a rookie in the NFL.

“After I started to buy different cars, wasting my money — I always drove these mom vans — I was like, you know what, I’m going to make a manly van. Hence the black van," he said.

Herremans, who spent 10 years with the Eagles and last played in 2015 with the Colts, discussed several topics in the podcast (listen here), including how football players can benefit from using marijuana (speaking of the black van), and the NFL draft — and about how he became a Philadelphia Eagle.

The Eagles selected Herremans in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Division II Saginaw Valley State. 

“I went to a small Division II school in Michigan and had a pretty tight group of friends there. I went to a very small high school and had a pretty tight group of friends there too. Mostly family and a few other close friends,” he said.

“So when I was thinking that I was going to get drafted, it was pretty big news. We had all of my high school and college friends over to my parents’ farm. We just kinda hung out there, set up some tents and campers in the backyard, and hung out and watched the draft and partied. Had a keg. Might have smoked a pig. It was a good time. 

“We thought that we were going to get picked on the first day. For some reason. Because that was rounds one through three back then. Maybe I was being a little overambitious, but I thought that some of the coaches that I had talked to while I was traveling around were telling me, ‘two or three — it looks good for you. If you’re there, we’re going to take you.’ I’m like OK, perfect. 

“We’re sitting there, and after the draft ended that day, we’re all feeling pretty good, but a little let down. Like ah, didn’t happen, oh well. But I’ve got all my friends over, might as well go to the bar! So we went to the local watering hole and just got into it. We were up late, and then the next day when the draft started, we were all just laying around, like hungover, couldn’t even know what was going on. Half awake. My phone rang. 

“So I jumped up and I went over and I answered it. I think it was (then Eagles general manager) Tom Heckert. (He said) 'Hey Todd, Tom Heckert, Philadelphia Eagles. Hang in there, I think we’re going to trade up for you right here.' I was like oh — hungover — like huh, that sounds good. 

“It just happened. He goes, ‘Welcome to the Philadelphia Eagles.’ I was like, oh OK cool. (He goes) ‘Here’s (offensive line coach) Juan Castillo.’ So I don’t even get to talk to my family or anything. I look in the room. It’s on the TV. Everyone is going nuts and (Todd impersonates Castillo) Juan’s like, ‘Hey, hey Todd how you doing? You got a second?’ Anything Coach, I just got drafted! 

“So I got into the next room away from everybody cheering and popping champagne and everything — and install offense for the next 40 minutes with Juan Castillo. Then he’s like, ‘Hey sounds like you’ve got your stuff together, you’ve got a good handle on this, go enjoy this time with your family and we’ll see you in a little bit.’ So when I meet up with my family, nobody’s hungover anymore, my family and friends — they’re all drunk again.”

A 40-minute call? Those are normally perfunctory phone calls that last a couple minutes at the most.

“I think they are,” Herremans said.

But not this one.

“Juan’s a special guy," Herremans said. "Because Juan was a Division II guy (Texas A&M Kingsville), and he’s drafting me, a Division II player, I think we had an immediate connection in just the way we got along. I respected him. He respected me. Both hard workers. And we just clicked. So I don’t know, he know I wold stick on the phone with him for 40 minutes because I was from a Division II school, and he knew it would be an uphill climb for me.”

Listen to the rest of the podcast and subscribe to Measured Takes.

Ron Jaworski: Carson Wentz shouldn't 'have any input' in Eagles' 2017 NFL draft

Ron Jaworski: Carson Wentz shouldn't 'have any input' in Eagles' 2017 NFL draft

Should the Eagles give Carson Wentz a say in who they take in the draft?

He is the future of the franchise after all.

"If there's any player on our roster that has insight into a guy in free agency or the draft, it's part of our information gathering," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said last Thursday.

So the Eagles will at least listen to Wentz — and others — about certain prospects. The second-year QB got a firsthand look at a few receiving prospects during offseason workouts. 

However, former Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski thinks it would be a "mistake" to give Wentz any input into the team's draft decision-making. 

"I don't think the quarterback should have any input in the draft," Jaworski said Tuesday. "Plain and simple. The quarterback should quarterback his football team. I know he'll be a teammate, but the Eagles — like every other team in this league — do extensive scouting. They know what they're doing, they'll select the player they believe is the best player."

Jaws would know -- he made that very mistake once.

"I had someone ask me a question back in 1978 or '79," Jaworski said. "They said, 'Hey Jaws, what do you think the Eagles need?' And I said we could probably improve our wide receiver position. 

"Oh, by the way, Harold Carmichael is one of our wide receivers, the next time I saw him he said, 'Hey, what are you talking about?' So it was a mistake, and I apologized to Harold and that was the last comment I ever made about the draft and my teammates. So I think players ought to shut up and let the front office make those decisions."

To be fair, Carmichael held a little more weight in his day than Nelson Agholor or Dorial Green-Beckham do now. 

Jaworski went on to tell a wild story of his own draft day in 1973 (watch video here), and also made the case for the Eagles to stock up on cornerbacks in the draft (watch video here).