Mosher's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0

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Mosher's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0

Between now and the draft, our draft pundits Ron Burke, Chris Steuber, Jared Sherman and Geoff Mosher will provide their latest Eagles mock drafts. They will make selections for each of the Eagles' six picks, and when they update their selections, their new mocks will be posted.

Round 1, pick 22: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (6-4, 273)
Ealy’s stock keeps rising. Scouts feel his upside is through the roof and his best days are two or three years down the road. In that sense, he can be this year’s Lane Johnson, a freakish athlete who will learn the game on the fly. 

If he’s not ready to start, Ealy can sit behind Trent Cole and Connor Barwin on run downs and come in for pass-rushing situations. By his second year, Ealy will have learned the ins and outs of being a 3-4 outside linebacker and added the necessary weight to play the run and become a starter.

Last mock: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Round 2, pick 54: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah (6-3, 211)
A repeat pick from my last mock, McGill’s 33 ¼-inch arms and 4.52 in the 40 are exceptional for an athlete his size. He specializes in man-press coverage and draws some comparisons to Richard Sherman.

Chip Kelly likes versatile defensive backs. McGill can play corner or safety, pushing for playing time as a rookie at either spot until he takes over as a starter in 2015.

Last mock: McGill

Round 3, pick 86: Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State (5-11, 198)
His 5-foot-11 frame belies Kelly’s “big people” motto, but Brooks has enough other favorable attributes, including 4.42 speed and the ability to play strong and free interchangeably. He started 13 games last year and won a national title with the Seminoles, so he’s not lacking in big-game experience.

He can add some weight to shore up some of his tackling deficiencies, but Brooks has the makeup to excel on special teams as he’s groomed for the NFL game.

Last mock: Jarred Abbrederis

Round 4, pick 122: Jarred Abbrederis. WR, Wisconsin (6-1, 195)
I probably had Abbrederis going too early in my last mock. He’ll slide in this deep draft of wideouts because he’s not the most physically gifted, but Abbrederis has a great feel for how to get open and produced against some very good secondaries in the Big Ten.

Abbrederis won’t replace DeSean Jackson’s speed or production but can team with Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz to provide Nick Foles with enough downfield threats to succeed.

Last mock: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford

Round 5, pick 162: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (5-11, 177)
A torn ACL at the Senior Bowl cost Colvin a chance to be drafted in the second day, but he’s a third-day steal for any team that can wait for the former Oklahoma standout to rehab and be ready in 2015.

Colvin is a corner with a safety’s mentality -- he played both at Oklahoma -- and should be ready to push for a starting job by 2015.

Last mock: Colvin

Round 7, pick 237: John Urschel, G, Penn State (6-3, 313)
Talk about a vintage Chip Kelly guy: Urschel is big, intelligent and has extremely high character. He won college football’s “Academic Heisman” award and earned his master’s in math with a 4.0 GPA.

He needs to get stronger and isn’t an A-plus athlete, but some time around Jason Peters and O-line coach Jeff Stoutland can prepare him to be an adequate backup.

Last mock: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Eagles Mailbag: Linebackers, stats for Zach Ertz and Derek Barnett

Eagles Mailbag: Linebackers, stats for Zach Ertz and Derek Barnett

I answered half of your questions yesterday, but we got a lot, so here are the rest: 

Well, the Eagles' linebackers were pretty good last year. At least they certainly weren't the problem. 

Jordan Hicks is returning for his third season and has Pro Bowl potential. The last thing he needs to improve is his run-stuffing ability. If he does that, he'll be very good. Nigel Bradham had an under-the-radar season in 2016. He worked very well with Hicks and is entering the last year of his deal. Now, he has a trial coming up in July for a felony assault charge, but as long as that doesn't keep him off the field, he should have another good year. Then, Mychal Kendricks, for as much as he gets criticized, isn't a bad third option for a third of plays. 

I'd agree that after those three, there's a clear lack of depth. Najee Goode, Joe Walker, Steven Daniels, Nate Gerry. Not super deep. But Goode is a decent backup, they liked Walker from last year before the ACL tear, Daniels is a wild card and Gerry is switching positions from safety to linebacker. 

Running back. No question. Carson Wentz would be decapitated in a quarter if I was at right guard. 

At least at running back under Doug Pederson, I wouldn't get the ball very often. And when I'd get the ball, I'm so small and so slow, maybe I'd be like a changeup in baseball and linebackers would miss me altogether. Until they hit me and I leave the field crying. 

Ertz: 80 catches, 900 yards, seven touchdowns. Those would be very slightly above the numbers he's put up in recent years, but in his second year with Wentz, that's reasonable. And seven touchdowns is a lot, but I don't think it's crazy. 

Barnett: Six sacks. This would be a pretty good rookie season. I'd set the over/under number at 6 1/2, so I have Barnett slightly under just because he'll have to fight for time with a few players. 

Blount: This one is tougher — 700 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns. No, I don't expect Blount to have another 1,000-yard season. That's a lot of touchdowns, but Ryan Mathews was able to pick up eight last year and Blount should be better in short-yardage situations. 

1. I don't even know what a breakout season is anymore. Ertz is a good tight end. He's not Rob Gronkowski. He's never going to be Rob Gronkowski. So break out? Maybe not. But he's a solid piece of the offense, who needs to score more touchdowns. 

2. No. 

3. Yeah. At this point, I expect Dorial Green-Beckham to be the odd man out. Vinny Curry will be on the team and will have a cap hit of $9 million this year. 

Hi, Corey. Big fan. If Donnie Jones isn't a household name, I'd start to question your household. 

Eagles Mailbag: Fletcher Cox, OTA evaluations, Nelson Agholor

Eagles Mailbag: Fletcher Cox, OTA evaluations, Nelson Agholor

The Eagles have completed one round of OTAs and will kick off another next week, starting Tuesday. 

OTAs are basically light practices in shorts and there's not a ton to gain from watching them, but they're not completely worthless. We already learned who some starters are for now and got a chance to see some new players on the field. 

Training camp will be here before you know it. 

To your questions: 

This is an interesting question because I think if I'm his teammate, I'd be a little annoyed. Especially if I'm some backup player making league minimum and the $100 million man doesn't show. 

But it really isn't like that. Even talking to players off the record, they don't seem to be bothered that Fletcher Cox wasn't with the team during a week of OTAs. Basically, players assume if a guy isn't there, they have a reason and are working out on their own. 

Guys especially understand if a player misses because of contract reasons — get paid, fellas. Obviously, that's not the reason Cox is missing. He signed a $100 million deal last offseason. And Cox's absence allows some other guys to get more reps, which is good for younger guys. 

It definitely doesn't look good from the outside that Cox isn't there. And it's pretty obvious Doug Pederson wants him at the facility. But the players inside the locker room? They're more understanding. 

Let's pump the breaks on the Nelson Agholor OTAs praise. Sure, he looked pretty good in the one day we got to watch of practice this week, but Agholor has looked good in shorts before. 

Does he have a shot at being a starter? Maybe a very slim shot. But the chances he actually beats out Torrey Smith for a starting gig seem minuscule. Perhaps you're thinking Smith is completely shot after looking that way in San Francisco, but it's hard to imagine he can't beat out Agholor for the job. 

That said, Agholor will be on the team this year. His contract makes cutting him nonsensical. And it'll be interesting to see how he performs without the pressure of being a starter. To me, it would make sense to occasionally work him into the slot, something the coaching staff hasn't done much of in the last couple years. 

I put these together because I want to make this point first: we have only been allowed to watch one of their three practices, so we don't have a lot to work from. But I'll give you what I can. 

Barnett: He looks impressive in shorts, at times beating Lane Johnson, who is a very good tackle. That bend we've heard so much about was evident really early. Remember Joe Douglas' talking about ankle flexion? Well, it's absolutely there. It's clear Barnett is a technician, but I'll reserve my judgment until training camp when the pads go on. 

Wentz: Thought he looked fine. I saw some folks saying they saw differences in his mechanics ... Eh. Hard to say in one practice. What I did see were a few beautifully tossed balls and some chemistry forming with Alshon Jeffery, who ought to be the team's No. 1 target this year.