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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 Film Review: The play that set up the game-winning field goal

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Eagles Film Review: The play that set up the game-winning field goal

It's a play the Eagles practice often. And it's a good thing too. Because without it, Jake Elliott doesn't even have a chance to hit a 61-yard field goal and become an instant hero. 

First the Eagles had to get into field goal range. 

So with seven seconds left, the Eagles went to a play they practice every week, a play they even walked through on Saturday. And it worked. Carson Wentz pushed the ball to Alshon Jeffery on the sideline for a 19-yard gain and Jeffery stepped out of bounds with one second left. You know the rest. 

As the Eagles lined up with seven seconds left, they showed a bunch formation to the right side of the field and the Giants called a timeout. After they got back to the line, the Eagles hadn't changed their formation: Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor lined up again on the right side of the field. 

Before and during the timeout, FOX announcer Joe Buck started talking about how the Eagles were in a "Hail Mary situation" and if they weren't they would need to get the ball to around the 37-yard line and that wouldn't be easy. He was close on that second part; they got to the 43. 

"We only had seven seconds," head coach Doug Pederson said, "so we have calculated in a sideline throw can take anywhere from five to six, and we were right on that mark today."

 

At the point of the snap, the Eagles have that trips bunch set to the right. Smith is on the line of scrimmage, while Agholor is nearest to the line and Jeffery is outside. Agholor's job is to simply slow down his man and try to take him out of the play. Smith is Wentz's first progression on this play, taking a step left and running a simple vertical rout. Jeffery is running a deep out. 

While Agholor (green) isn't a likely threat to get the ball on that short route with just a few seconds left, his route forces Eli Apple to at least stay with him a little bit. Apple is rightfully giving 10 yards as a cushion, but the fact that he has to be worried about Agholor at all will be a big deal. 

Jeffery (blue), the second progression on the play, is still about 12 yards from making his cut, but you can already see the pocket of space along the sideline forming as his man continues to backpedal. 

The pocket is open and Wentz is about to make a perfect throw. Apple has peeled off Agholor, but he's going to be just a second late. Same thing goes for Janoris Jenkins, who is covering Jeffery on the play. He starts to drive to where the ball will be, but he's going to end up colliding with Apple as Jeffery makes the grab. 

Before we get back to the completion, here's a look at the protection on the play. With the Giants' rushing just three, Wentz has plenty of time to deliver the throw. Lane Johnson gets pushed back some, but he holds up against Jason Pierre-Paul. 

OK, back to the pass. Wentz didn't have much of a window to fit the ball in here. Apple is driving back and Jenkins is driving forward to the ball. It looks like either one of them will have a chance to knock down the pass. If that happens, the Eagles would probably have a second or two left but would need to resort to a Hail Mary, and the game probably goes to overtime. 

You have to give some credit to Jeffery on the catch. In the first couple games of the season, he struggled to bring down the football in tight coverage, something he's been known for in his career. But here, he's able to come back to the ball just enough to take it before Apple can. Apple's momentum will carry him into Jenkins and allow Jeffery to simply step out of bounds with one second on the clock. 

"I knew seven seconds was definitely pushing it with the route, which I think was 15 yards," Wentz said, "but in those situations you just have to take some chances." 

The Eagles kicked a field goal on the next play and finished off another improbable and crazy win over the Giants. 

Roob Stats: Plenty of non-kicking statistical tidbits from Eagles' win vs. Giants

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Roob Stats: Plenty of non-kicking statistical tidbits from Eagles' win vs. Giants

We covered Jake Elliott's miracle field goal a couple days ago -- for all the stats regarding his game-winning kick, click here: But there are plenty of fascinating non-kicking statistical tidbits from the Eagles' win over the Giants that you won't find anywhere else! 

• With 31 pass attempts Sunday, Carson Wentz increased his career total to 723. That's the most pass attempts in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 19 games. The previous record was 719 by Andrew Luck. The record for 20 games? It's 754 by both Luck and Drew Bledsoe. So Wentz needs 32 passes against the Chargers for the most attempts through 20 games. I like his odds!
 
• Zach Ertz had eight catches against the Giants, his 10th career game with eight or more catches. That already equals the most in franchise history. Jeremy Maclin and Brian Westbrook also had 10 games with eight catches in an Eagles uniform, although Westbrook did it in 107 games and Maclin in 73. Ertz got there in 64 games.
 
• Ertz already has the 16th-most games in NFL history with eight catches by a tight end, but he's only two out of the top-10. Here's what that list looks like:
 
41 … Tony Gonzalez
33 … Jason Witten
20 … Antonio Gates
20 … Raymond Berry
19 … Shannon Sharpe
17 … Kellen Winslow Sr.
15 … Jimmy Graham
14 … Todd Christensen
13 … Ozzie Newsmen
12 … Jordan Reed
12 … Ben Coates
11 … Rob Gronkowski
11 … Heath Miller
11 … Greg Olsen
11 … Jeremy Shockey
10 … Dallas Clark
10 … Zach Ertz
 
• Ertz increased his career total to 268 catches after the equivalent of four full seasons -- 64 career games. That's the seventh-most catches ever by a tight end after 64 games, behind only Kellen Winslow Sr. (344), Kellen Winslow Jr. (313), Jimmy Graham (310), Rob Gronkowski (302), Antonio Gates (292), who the Eagles will see Sunday, and Mike Ditka (279).
 
• Through three games, the Eagles have scored just 10 points in the first quarter, 16 in the second quarter and 17 in the third quarter. But they rank second (to the Chiefs) with 34 fourth-quarter points -- only nine fewer than they've scored in the first three quarters combined. Similarly, they've allowed just three points in the first quarter, 17 in the second quarter and 10 in the third quarter, but they've given up an NFL-high 38 in the fourth quarter -- eight more than they've allowed in the first three quarters combined. They are only the 10th team in NFL history to both score and allow 34 or more fourth-quarter points in their first three games.
 
• With LeGarrette Blount (12 for 67) and Wendell Smallwood (12 for 71) both averaging 5.5 yards per carry, Sunday's game was the first in 44 years for the Eagles in which two running backs averaged over 5½ yards per carry with at least 12 carries. Last time it happened was Oct. 7, 1973, when Norm Bulaich (13 for 104) averaged 8.0 yards per carry and Tom Sullivan (26 for 155) averaged 6.0 in a 27-26 loss to the Bills at Rich Stadium.
 
• The Eagles haven't allowed a rusher to gain more than 31 yards in their last three Week 3 games. In 2015, the Jets' leading rusher, Bilal Powell, had 31 yards. Last year, the Steelers' leading rusher in Week 3 was DeAngelo Williams with 21 yards. And on Sunday, the Giants had two players with 22 rushing yards.
 
• The Eagles on Sunday became only the 11th team in NFL history to win a game despite allowing 24 or more fourth-quarter points. Teams allowing 24 or more fourth-quarter points are now 11-88-1. The Eagles are the first to win such a game since 2012, when the 49ers beat the Patriots 41-34, despite being outscored 24-10 in the fourth quarter. The most points the Eagles allowed previously in the fourth quarter of a win was 22. They led the Bears 30-0 going into the fourth quarter in 1994 before allowing three Erik Kramer touchdown passes and hanging on to win 30-22.
 
• Corey Clement’s 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Sunday was the longest by an undrafted Eagles rookie in 62 years. Their last longer TD run by an undrafted rookie was Ted Wegert’s 29-yarder vs. the Steelers on Oct. 30, 1955, at Connie Mack Stadium. Clement's run was also the Eagles' longest fourth-quarter rushing TD since Bryce Brown's 65-yarder against the Bears in 2013 (with the Eagles leading 47-11).
 
• Sunday's game was also the Eagles' first in eight years in which five different players had a double-digit run. On Sunday, Smallwood (20), Blount (20), Clement (15), Wentz (11) and Darren Sproles (11) each had a run of at least 10 yards. Last time five Eagles did that was Sept. 13, 2009, when DeSean Jackson (25), Brian Westbrook (17), Donovan McNabb (15), LeSean McCoy (11) and Leonard Weaver (11) did it against the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C.
 
• That game against the Panthers was also notable because it was the last time before Sunday in which the Eagles won a game without a pass play of 20 yards. Their longest completion in that win over Carolina was McNabb's 18-yard completion to Jason Avant. Their longest completion Sunday was Wentz's 19-yarder to Alshon Jeffery on the game's final play from scrimmage.
 
• The Eagles are now 6-2 when Wentz doesn't thrown an interception. They're 3-8 when he does.
 
• Rasul Douglas -- at 22 years, 28 days old -- is the youngest Eagle to record an interception in 14 years, since Rod Hood picked off Patrick Ramsey of the Redskins at the Linc on Oct. 5, 2003. Hood was 26 days younger than Douglas at the time. The only other Eagles who've had an interception who are younger than Douglas: Joe Scarpati (21 years, 227 days), Bobby Taylor (21-313) and Seth Joyner (21-363).
 
• The Giants failed to record a rushing touchdown for the eighth straight game at the Linc. Their last rushing touchdown in Philadelphia came in 2009, when Ahmad Bradshaw scored from a yard out with the Eagles up 23 points in the third quarter. In all, the Giants have three rushing touchdowns in their last 15 games against the Eagles.
 
• One final note about Darren Sproles. The 5-foot-6 running back, out for the rest of this season, has 19,155 career all-purpose yards, eighth-most in NFL history. That's 3,366 rushing yards, 4,656 receiving yards, 2,792 punt return yards and 8,350 kickoff yards. (That's 19,164 yards -- he also has nine career lost fumble return yards to get to 19,155). The only player not drafted in the first three rounds with more career yards is former Eagle Brian Mitchell (23,330). Of the 48 players in NFL history with 3,000 or more yards both rushing and receiving, his rushing average of 4.9 is the highest.