On Monday, we revealed our second Philadelphia Eagles-only mock draft of the offseason. At the moment we’ll take a peek round at a few of the nationwide guys and see who they’ve going to the Birds at 25th general.
Spoiler: There’s an entire lot of Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence.
- 1 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Bucky Brooks, NFL.com)
- 2 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Lance Zierlein, NFL.com)
- 3 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Chad Reuter, NFL.com)
- 4 Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Todd McShay, ESPN)
- 5 D.Okay. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (Chris Trapasso, CBS)
- 6 Gerald Willis, DT, Miami (Ryan Wilson, CBS)
- 7 Grasping Williams, CB, LSU (R.J. White, CBS)
- 8 Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan (Will Brinson, CBS)
- 9 Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss (Dan Kadar, SB Nation)
- 10 Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Community)
- 11 Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Community)
- 12 Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware (Joe Marino, The Draft Community)
- 13 Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan (Brozer, Drafttek)
- 14 Grasping Williams, CB, LSU (Charlie Campbell, Walter Soccer)
- 15 Additionally…
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Bucky Brooks, NFL.com)
The Eagles have joined the ranks of the NFL elite by investing closely within the offensive and defensive strains. Lawrence is a rugged nostril deal with with the dimensions and power to erase runs between the guards whereas additionally collapsing the pocket with bull rushes on passing downs.
#JimmySays: Lawrence is a superb run stuffer, however three.5 sacks the final two seasons simply is not doing it for me within the first spherical. Whereas there’s perhaps some logic in bolstering the run D in a division with Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley, drafting a run stuffing specialist within the first spherical is a nasty use of assets, for my part, particularly when there ought to be different defensive linemen obtainable who can have an effect on the quarterback.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Lance Zierlein, NFL.com)
Haloti Ngata is because of hit the market this offseason, and can Timmy Jernigan be again in 2019? There might be a gap or two at DT, which might clear the best way for Lawrence, who flashes the power to manhandle opponents.
#JimmySays: Apparently, Zierlein has Ed Oliver going 29th to the Chargers. I might take Oliver over Lawrence all day.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Chad Reuter, NFL.com)
If Haloti Ngata, who’s on account of develop into a free agent, does not return, Lawrence can be a great alternative.
#JimmySays: Guys, you’ll be able to exchange a situational run stuffer within the third week of free company. You do not want to try this within the first spherical of the draft. Additionally, the Eagles might have already got their Ngata alternative in Treyvon Hester, who outplayed Ngata final season.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (Todd McShay, ESPN)
It is no secret that the Eagles need a cornerback, however that is some actually, actually good worth. Put Lawrence subsequent to Fletcher Cox and let these two plug the center of a line that was within the backside third in rush protection this season.
#JimmySays: Oh my God, significantly? Nonetheless with Dexter Lawrence? Additionally, how is it “no secret that the Eagles want a cornerback?”
D.Okay. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (Chris Trapasso, CBS)
Considerably of a fall for Metcalf, however the neck damage and his lack of potential to run a full route tree are the explanations. The Eagles could possibly be eager about extra receiving weapons for Carson Wentz. Philadelphia will get Kansas Metropolis’s third on this deal.
#JimmySays: To notice, Trapasso has the Eagles buying and selling again with the Chiefs, which I do not see, since because the Eagles have already got 9 picks, and may have additional compensatory picks in 2020 as properly. The participant is intriguing. Metcalf has No. 1 WR potential, although his manufacturing in school wasn’t nice.
Gerald Willis, DT, Miami (Ryan Wilson, CBS)
Willis did not attend the Senior Bowl however he stays probably the greatest defensive tackles in a ridiculously deep class of them. His capacity to wreak havoc within the backfield will improve an Eagles unit that ranked 26th in pressuring the quarterback.
#JimmySays: 26th in pressuring the quarterback? In what ineffective metric have been the Eagles 26th in pressuring the quarterback? That is unnecessary. Anyway, the place right here is ok, and I like Willis, however I might like him much more in spherical three.
Grasping Williams, CB, LSU (R.J. White, CBS)
The Eagles have an additional second-round decide, and that provides them the ammo to hop into the highest 15 and get the highest cornerback on the board. Williams has query marks that would push him out of the highest 10, however I might be stunned if a man together with his ball expertise slipped a lot additional than that.
#JimmySays: White has the Eagles buying and selling all the best way as much as decide No. 13 with the Dolphins. I can definitely see the Eagles making a daring transfer like that, however it positive as hell will not be for a nook once they have already got 5 younger corners on the roster as it’s.
Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan (Will Brinson, CBS)
The Eagles are going to have an fascinating offseason, with lots of gamers not underneath contract. In the event that they land Leonard Fournette by way of commerce they will give attention to including a defensive participant.
#JimmySays: It will make the “Gotta get a linebacker!” people comfortable. Personally, I feel the worth of the participant right here is ok, however the Eagles have not drafted a linebacker within the first spherical since 1979. It is simply not a place the Eagles worth, previous, current, and certain future.
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss (Dan Kadar, SB Nation)
I almost made a commerce for the Eagles to go up a couple of picks to draft Dillard. It might be a simple transfer for Philadelphia because the group has two second-round picks. As an alternative, I stored the Eagles at No. 25 to take Little. He’s just a little uncooked nonetheless, however his athleticism and measurement make him a pure at left deal with.
#JimmySays: Offensive deal with is an fascinating place for the Eagles. If Jason Peters returns, it’s going to be exhausting simply to suit one on the roster with Peters and Lane Johnson beginning, and Halapulivaati Vaitai and Jordan Mailata each locks to make the workforce in 2019. And even when Peters retires (or is launched, or no matter), whether or not or not the Eagles prioritize the offensive deal with place within the draft will hinge on what they consider Jordan Mailata’s prospects to be a long-term starter, starting in 2020.
Till Peters is gone, I do not assume OT is even within the dialogue within the first spherical in what is not the perfect OT draft class.
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Community)
Jeffery Simmons wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Mix on account of a violent incident that occurred between he and a lady a few years in the past. That is solely the beginning of individuals discovering out what occurred with Simmons that day.
However, in abstract, it was an incident together with his household that obtained violent and Simmons felt the necessity to shield his household. Since then, all reviews say he’s been nothing however a mannequin scholar and citizen. I can see a group just like the Eagles and a coach like Doug Pederson taking an opportunity on Simmons. This might be a great spot for him in some ways.
#JimmySays: Simmons is an impressive participant, who might wreak havoc subsequent to Fletcher Cox on the inside of the Eagles’ DL. I can not think about him nonetheless being obtainable at 25 if groups turn out to be snug with the aforementioned off-field incident, but when they do not, I agree that the Eagles can be a superb touchdown spot for him.
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Community)
The Eagles had success their first time dipping their bucket into the Mississippi State iDL pool (Fletcher Cox). Why not go once more? The Eagles’ defensive system beneath Jim Schwartz requires chaos up entrance: the defensive position is designed to get into the backfield and make a multitude of issues.
Placing Simmons between Fletcher Cox and Derek Barnett/Michael Bennett/Brandon Graham (Graham is a free agent) would definitely unencumber everybody on the road to make a multitude of opposing backfields.
Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware (Joe Marino, The Draft Community)
There are a selection of brief and long-term considerations for the Eagles secondary on a protection that gave up probably the most passing yards within the NFC final season. A flexible defender with dynamic playmaking upside, Adderley can be a welcomed addition.
Adderley’s vary, ball expertise, protection consciousness, processing expertise, physicality and tackling capacity are all plus traits and he checks a number of packing containers. Adderley was an absolute pleasure to review on movie and is a first-round security all day lengthy, assuming he exams the place I consider he’ll.
#JimmySays: The truth that the Eagles gave up probably the most passing yards within the NFC final yr is considerably irrelevant, seeing as they suffered an absurd variety of accidents of their secondary. Definitely, the Eagles’ again finish, when wholesome, is projected to be far, faaaar higher in 2019 even when they do nothing to enhance it this offseason.
I do like Adderly as a participant, and whereas a security is sensible with Rodney McLeod now enjoying in a contract yr, the Eagles aren’t more likely to bypass high quality edge rushers in favor of a security within the first spherical. It is simply not what they do.
Additionally, to shortly observe, these Draft Community guys are on mock draft 6.zero already. Decelerate, fellas. It isn’t even Valentine’s Day but.
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan (Brozer, Drafttek)
A couple of newsworthy occasions pertaining to the Eagles’ protection have materialized because the final CMD every week in the past: 1) Security Rodney McLeod agreed to a restructured contract, liberating up cap area and making certain stability within the Eagles’ Security corps, and a couple of) DE Chris Lengthy, who most assumed was a goner, made remarks indicating he could possibly be again subsequent yr. That is excellent news, as a result of whereas the Eagles’ protection was respectable final yr (12th in NFL in PPG Allowed, seventh in Dashing YDS Allowed, eighth in league with 44 sacks), they not often have been game-changers.
The protection suffered a sadistic quantity of year-ending accidents which crippled the unit, but in addition gave some younger guys within the secondary some invaluable enjoying time. The truth that these emergency backups held Drew Brees and the Saints to 20 factors within the playoffs proves that some hidden gems have been found. Assuming the blokes on IR return (Derek Barnett, Jalen Mills, McLeod, and so on), the Eagles’ protection might as soon as once more turn into a weapon, offering they will discover one other good move rusher.
Rashan Gary is likely one of the most fascinating prospects on this draft. Going to Michigan because the unanimous prime recruit in his class, he was probably the most heralded D-Line prospects in current historical past. Whereas Gary was excellent for the Wolverines, his on-field manufacturing did not match the large hype (9 sacks, 23 TFL in school profession). However, the power, energy, velocity and uncooked instruments are apparent. Gary’s identify is incessantly included in “Top 5 Players” lists, and whereas I might be leery of taking him that prime, he’s a steal at #25. The thought right here is that NFL coaches will have the ability to unlock his potential and switch him right into a pass-rushing, run-stuffing drive that may play up and down a Four-man entrance in a number of packages. His potential is off the charts.
#JimmySays: Gary would certainly be a steal at 25.
Grasping Williams, CB, LSU (Charlie Campbell, Walter Soccer)
The Eagles want an improve at cornerback.
In 2018, Williams collected two interceptions, 32 tackles and 9 passes damaged up. He had some issues towards Alabama, giving up a number of first downs, a landing, and an extended completion on which Jerry Jeudy burned him with velocity. Workforce sources have additionally stated that the Georgia tape uncovered Williams for being vastly overrated by the media. Some evaluators who like Williams see him as a late first-rounder and are involved about his lack of velocity.
Williams broke out in 2017 with six interceptions, 11 passes damaged up and 38 tackles. He confirmed good instincts, a capability to interrupt on the ball, and spectacular ball expertise. One huge drawback for Williams (6-2, 175) is a really skinny body that he wants so as to add plenty of weight to for the NFL.
#JimmySays: Ah, NFL mock drafts, the place one man can have the Eagles buying and selling as much as 13 to draft a man, and one other can have that very same man falling to select 25.
Only for the hell of it, I did a seven-round mock draft on Fanspeak’s “On the Clock” draft simulator. This is what I got here up with.
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