Sherman's NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles select speedy receiver

Sherman's NFL mock draft 1.0: Eagles select speedy receiver

As the 2017 NFL draft continues to draw closer and closer, Jared Sherman checks in with his initial first-round mock draft of the season.

For Paul Hudrick's first seven-round Eagles mock draft, click here.

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns won't get their franchise QB here, but get a potential superstar pass rusher in Garrett.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With holes all over, the Niners need to find something to hang their hat on. Thomas, who can be unblockable at times, makes sense with their defense moving to the 4-3 under Robert Saleh.

3. Chicago Bears - Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears upgraded their secondary by signing CBs Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara, but still, lack a difference-maker at safety. Adams is the best all-around S in the draft and brings Ed Reed-like leadership to the field.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Once again, the Jags made a big splash in free agency on the defensive side of the ball, but still lack offensive firepower. Fournette could be this year's Ezekiel Elliott. He's big (6-0/240), fast and a handful to tackle.

5. Tennessee Titans - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Even with the signing of Jonathan Cyprien, the Titans can't pass on the immensely talented Hooker. Only a redshirt sophomore, Hooker is a raw and instinctual athlete who, in time, will be a star.

6. New York Jets - Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Jets try yet again to find a franchise QB. In a weak class, Trubisky stands out to me as the best prospect of the bunch. He's tough, accurate and mobile, but, like many young QBs, he'll need to process things a lot faster in the pros.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Not a pressing need for the Bolts, but Lattimore is an outstanding player with huge upside. My top CB in the draft, Lattimore's size (6-0/193) and speed (4.36 40) are incredible, and he has the agility to shadow receivers all over the field.

8. Carolina Panthers - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Jonathan Stewart has been a warrior for years, but it's time to get a more explosive RB behind Cam Newton. Cook has some fumbling problems but brings a dynamic element to a sometimes stodgy offense.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Never shy about taking on potentially volatile personalities, the Bengals grab my favorite defensive player and add him to a potentially dominant linebacker corps.

10. Buffalo Bills - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills' offense is desperate for playmakers, and Williams' size (6-4/218) and ability to just go up and get the ball make him an ideal addition.

11. New Orleans Saints - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Drew Brees' career is winding down, but the Saints want to try to make one more run with him. Howard gives Brees another dangerous target who blocks well enough to help the run game, too.

12. Cleveland Browns (from. PHI) - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Browns signed Kenny Britt this offseason, but have little else offensively. Davis brings more size and outstanding route running to an offense that needs it.

13. Arizona Cardinals - DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I love what Watson did in college, but I'm not sold on his long-term NFL success. Still, he's a winner, was ultra-productive in college and he's very mobile. Carson Palmer's effectiveness is waning and Watson could see the field quickly.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) - John Ross, WR, Washington
With the injury to Washington CB Sidney Jones, I don't think there's another CB worthy of a top-15 pick anymore. So the Eagles address their second biggest need -- wideout. The Birds signed WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason, but both are essentially one-year rentals. Ross, who set the NFL combine record for the 40-yard dash (4.22), brings an element back to the Eagles they haven't had since DeSean Jackson -- deep speed. I know Smith was brought in for that as well, but Ross brings a more dangerous skill set to the table. Ross' agility and speed allow teams to move him all over the field. Throw it to him deep, hand the ball off or run a bubble screen for him (sure beats throwing one to Dorial Green-Beckham). Ross might not be a true No. 1, but his presence and versatility will be a tremendous boon to Carson Wentz's development.

15. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Andrew Luck can't keep taking a beating like he has over the years, so continuing to upgrade the offensive line is critical. Ramczyk was named an AP All-American in his first year playing D-I football after transferring from D-III Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

16. Baltimore Ravens - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick had an incredible combine performance, putting up huge numbers in the 40 (4.56), vertical jump (36.5 inches), and broad jump (133 inches). He won't play DE in the NFL but could be Terrell Suggs' successor at OLB.

17. Washington Redskins - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen, at one point, was in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick, but worries about his shoulder and a lackluster combine performance dropped his stock. In Washington, he'd play a 3-4 DE, where his strength and explosiveness would be a huge help to a weak defensive front.

18. Tennesse Titans - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
The interior of the Titans' OL needs a serious upgrade, and the versatile Lamp would be a great fit. A four-year starter at LT, Lamp will probably be shifted inside where his heavy hands and constantly moving feet make him very hard to beat.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
A superb athlete, Njoku brings a new dimension to an offense lacking weapons outside of WR Mike Evans. Njoku can explode out of his breaks and uses his leaping ability and strength to beat tight coverage.

20. Denver Broncos - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
A gifted athlete, Bolles can play either OT position. With Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson tentatively penciled in as starters, the Broncos have to be looking to upgrade, and Bolles' skill set fits Denver's scheme perfectly.

21. Detroit Lions - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers offers the Lions versatility at two positions they need help with -- S and OLB. In a league that's quickly becoming a sub-package haven, having a player who can fill so many roles is invaluable.

22.  Miami Dolphins - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
When Byron Maxwell is starting for you at CB, you know you need to find a long-term replacement. Conley played in the shadow of Lattimore at Ohio State but has the size (6-0/195), speed (4.44), and toughness to be a No. 1 CB himself.

23. New York Giants - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Even with the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul the Giants will find it hard to pass on a raw talent like Charlton. His length (6--6/277) and athleticism make Charlton an intriguing prospect who can learn under Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon.

24. Oakland Raiders - Budda Baker, S, Washington
An absolutely ferocious player who will fit well into what they're building in Oakland. Small (5-10/195) but fast, Baker flies all over the field and is always around the ball.

25. Houston Texans - Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
The Texans could use another pass rushing threat, especially at OLB. McKinley had 10 sacks last season, using his combination of size (6-2/250) and relentless motor to be a difference-maker.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Seahawks love big corners and Wilson (6-2/211) fits the mold. A tough competitor and not afraid to come up and pop a running back, Wilson could move to safety at some point.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Chiefs have little depth at CB, so White would be a solid addition. He could step in immediately, start in the slot and contribute on special teams.

28. Dallas Cowboys - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Barnett had an outstanding college career and should find a nice niche in the NFL as a pass-rush specialist. I'm not as high on him as some because he lacks the quickness to consistently get to the QB.

29. Green Bay Packers - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Pack lost the underrated CB Micah Hyde in free agency and replaced him with Davon House. Humphrey needs some seasoning, but all the physical tools are there to be a long-time starter.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
The Steelers are always looking for the next dominant outside pass rusher (James Harrison can't play forever, right?). Harris played DE in college but has the size (6-3/253) and quick twitch you like to see in a 3-4 OLB.

31. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
The Falcons don't have a ton of holes to fill, but a LB who can rush the passer like Cunningham is always welcome. Having him across from Vic Beasley would make opposing offenses nervous.

32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Saints again go offense and select a dangerous runner and receiver. McCaffrey might be the best pass-catching RB in the draft, and he would be a nice complement to Mark Ingram.

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 miniscule. 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 judgement 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.

NFL Notes: Vikings' Mike Zimmer says he'll coach with 1 eye if necessary

NFL Notes: Vikings' Mike Zimmer says he'll coach with 1 eye if necessary

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has had a lot of time on his hands this week while sitting at home on his Kentucky ranch as his team went through optional practices in the Twin Cities.

Zimmer was under strict orders to leave the team and rest his right eye, which has needed eight surgeries to try to repair a detached retina. The lingering issues have led some to wonder if he would be forced to shorten his career.

Zimmer has heard the speculation all week long. The hard-nosed coach said he has reached out to some of those doubters personally this week.

"I'll be back shortly," Zimmer vowed in a conference call with reporters on Friday. "One eye or two, it doesn't matter. I'll be back. We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly."

Zimmer missed one game last season due to the problems with his eye . He tried to work through the issues, but said on Friday that he was told to skip this week's practices and go home to allow his eye to recover.

"It's not much fun," he said. "Usually I love it down here in my place here. But I don't love it too much this week. It was kind of a forced situation. But for the long run it's the best thing for me."

Giants: Smith trying to resurrect career
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith didn't catch a break in his final two seasons with the New York Jets, and it seems his chances of resurrecting his career with the Giants are facing obstacles.

Not only does Smith have to beat out incumbent Josh Johnson for the backup quarterback job to Eli Manning, his prospects of making the team took another hit in the NFL draft when the Giants selected Davis Webb with their third-round draft pick.

The 26-year-old Smith doesn't seem concerned.

Speaking after the Giants organized training activities Thursday, Smith sounded confident for a player who had a promising rookie season four years ago and then regressed, in large part due to inconsistency.

"Honestly, I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone other than myself," said Smith, who has played in only three games in the past two seasons, starting one. "I am just trying to be my best every single day, focusing on trying to be perfect. I know that is a far goal to try and reach, but just trying to be perfect every day and understanding what is required of me once I step onto the field, and then trying to get it done."

Redskins: Injured Moreau final draft pick to sign
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins have signed the final member of their 10-player draft class, third-round pick Fabian Moreau.

The team announced the deal Friday.

The cornerback out of UCLA tore a pectoral muscle at his pro day in March. He was projected to be a first- or second-round pick before the injury and went 81st overall to the Redskins.

Moreau says doctors told him it was a five-month recovery, putting him on track to be ready by late in the preseason. The 23-year-old was at Washington's practice facility for rookie minicamp and the first sessions of organized team activities.

Coach Jay Gruden says the team is playing by ear the injury situations of Moreau and fourth-round pick Montae Nicholson and hopes they learn the schemes for the secondary as they rehab.

NFL: Judge tosses lawsuit over cheerleader wages
SAN FRANCISCO -- A lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim, a federal judge said.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed the lawsuit by a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader. The suit sought class action status on behalf of all NFL cheerleaders.

"To state an antitrust claim here, plaintiff must plead not only `ultimate facts, such as conspiracy, and legal conclusions,'" Alsup said. "The complaint must answer the basic questions of `who, did what, to whom (or with whom), where, and when?'"

An email to an attorney for the 49ers cheerleader, Drexel Bradshaw, was not immediately returned. The cheerleader was only identified in the suit as "Kelsey K."

Alsup gave her an opportunity to amend the lawsuit and refile it by June 15.

The lawsuit was among a spate of legal actions in recent years accusing NFL teams of failing to pay cheerleaders for hours they spent practicing and making public appearances.