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

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.

Jordan Matthews eager to return after missing first-ever game

Jordan Matthews eager to return after missing first-ever game

Jordan Matthews experienced something new on Sunday. Something he hoped he’d never have to experience. 

He was relegated to spectator.  

After never missing a game dating back to little league – through high school, college, and into his third season in the NFL – a right ankle injury kept him out of Sunday’s 32-14 loss in Cincinnati. 

“It’s definitely not fun,” Matthews said. “But it’s one of those things where I try not to dwell on it or be like ‘woe is me.’ There’s people going through way worse things in America than me missing a football game.”

The Eagles certainly could have used Matthews on Sunday. But they should get him back this weekend when the Birds host Washington for a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Linc. Along with Ryan Mathews and Dorial Green-Beckham, Matthews is listed as questionable. 

But he seems confident he’ll be good to go. 

“I think one game is definitely going to be enough for me,” Matthews said. “I’m definitely going to try to get back out there Sunday.” 

On Friday, during his first media availability in two weeks, Matthews said he chose to find the positives in his absence from Sunday’s game. Namely that Paul Turner and Trey Burton got some extra reps. 

Burton had five catches for 53 yards and Turner, in just his second NFL game, had six catches for 80 yards. 

“I try to see the positives,” Matthews said. “I liked seeing what PT was able to go out there and do. I was happy for him and his first live-game action, being able to go out there and make plays. I was also proud of Trey. His role got to expand with me being out and I think he played extremely well. He got to show what he can do and show how he can help this team. We just have to continue to utilize him moving forward. There’s always a positive in it. 

“We might not see it now, in a loss, but just think, some of those guys are going to be weapons for us in the future. And we saw they can go out and perform well without me in there, so I think it’s going to end up being a positive. But I definitely can’t wait to get back out there.”

Earlier in the week, head coach Doug Pederson said that even with Matthews’ returning, the team would still try to get Turner involved. Since the team sees Turner primarily as a slot receiver, that means Matthews could see time outside this weekend. There’s an even better chance when taking Green-Beckham’s injury into account. 

Before the season, Pederson talked a lot about wanting to play Matthews both inside and outside, but this season, Matthews has been in the slot for 74 percent of his snaps. Forty-four of his 57 catches have come from the slot too. 

On the play where Matthews hurt his ankle against the Packers, he was actually lined up outside and caught a back-shoulder throw from Wentz. 

“I was actually joking with Carson,” Matthews said, “I was like ‘bro, the reason I got hurt was because our back shoulder was better than Jordy [Nelson] and Aaron [Rodgers’]. So it didn’t mesh well with the universe. It wasn’t supposed to happen that way on Monday night for everybody to see, so the football gods took my ankle. So it’s all good. … That’s a joke.”

Matthews, despite being in his third season, is clearly one of the Eagles’ leaders on offense, especially in a very young receivers room. He’s looking forward to playing Washington after he thinks they were the first team that “actually came out and beat” them earlier in the year. 

With four games left in the regular season, the Eagles’ playoff chances are extremely slim. But Matthews thinks it’s important for the team to finish strong, especially with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. 

With Wentz, Matthews thinks the Eagles have already taken the first step toward building something special. 

“He’s the guy,” Matthews said. “He looks like the guy, he walks like the guy, he talks like it. And he goes out there and plays like it. It’s more we have to continue to ride around him and coach Pederson and be positive and go out there and produce.”