So I have no completed post combine 7 round GM mock draft. This time I haven’t made any trades, even though I tried. There has been change this time, I teamed up with another Danish Eagles fan. Therefore I haven’t agreed with some of the picks. Last time I was asked to post my draft board on each pick and I do so this time. Please take a time to read it and give your opinion. By the way I haven’t had any draftboard for a 6th round picks, so I just worked with what was still available.
So here it comes:
24th overall pick: OG Mike Iupati (6'5-331), Idaho
Andy Reid loves to draft Linemen early in the draft. Eagles do need a solid OG right now, so Nick Cole can focus on playing Center. I think that Iupati will be able to start from day one. He got the mental and physical attributes, which Eagles value in an offensive lineman. Now many of you will criticize the pick, especially when Stacy Andrews took a pay cut, but he is full of question marks and MJG, if he stays, is not an answer in my opinion.
First 7 players on our board were gone by the time we picked. We discussed Koa Misi a lot and Im not fan of the guy, I wanted to pick Chad Jones, but my co-GM was high on Koa Misi, so when we were OTC, I wasn’t home and he made the pick.
23rd pick (55th overall ): DE/OLB Koa Misi(6-2, 251), Utah
So my co-GM picked Koa Misi as an OLB and here is his explanation:
The pick of Koa Misi covers two needs on our D. We miss a pass-rushing threat opposite Trent Cole and a new SAM, who could stop the run and cover a TE. Obviously he could be a better fit in 3-4 scheme, but historically Eagles like to convert Des to SAM(e.g. Gocong) and prefer a big SAM compared to other LBs. Misi will be able to stop the run and cover on 1st and 2nd downs and pass rush on 3rd downs.
I cant see Koa Misi playing a SAM in our scheme. He will be a much better fit as a DE and the boy got skills. He is a great tackler, he got a nice closing speed when rushing the QB, and unfortunately he is not a great run stopper. But he is a ‘tweener and I wouldn’t take my chances with him with our 55th overall pick.
LB Sean Lee
OLB Navorro Bowman
CB Donovan Warren
CB Chris Cook
CB Perrish Cox
FS Major Wright
FS Larry Asante
CB Javier Arenas
6th pick (70th overall ): OLB Navorro Bowman, (6-0, 242) Penn State
So after a lot of discussions with my co-GM, we picked Navorro Bowman, because I see Koa Misi as a DE in our scheme and not a OLB. Bowman has a great value here in the beginning of 3rd round and last time I picked him in 2nd round.. Bowman has some off the field issues, but Im sure that Eagles will be able to control him. He got a great talent and amazing football instincts. He will be able to cover TEs on NFL leve, but he will also be good in run support.
23rd pick( 87th overall): FS Major Wright, Florida:
Major Wright still was on the board and we both agreed on picking him. He got a great value this time around. Eagles need a safety, even though we brought Marlyn Jackson and will play him as a FS. There too many questions regarding Jackson’s health and it is only reasonable to pick a safety in the draft. Wright got great potential, his stock is boosted after Combine. He is good in rung support and he is even better in coverage, which we missed last year. If everything goes wrong he will be able to compete as a nickel CB. But I have the feeling that with Dick Jauron as a secondary coach, Wright can become a great player for us.
CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
RB Montario Hardesty
RB Toby Gerhart
CB Sydquan Thompson
RB Anthony Dixon
QB John Skelton
DE George Selvie
S Darrel Stuckey
23rd pick(118th overall): RB Toby Gerhart,(6-0, 231), Stanford
At the time the pick was made, the whole Mike Bell thing wasn’t settle down, on the other hand , on the other handToby Gerhart has too great value here to pass on him. He is a big back, always fights for the yards. He is a great blocker too, the main problem is he isn’t a pass catching threat, which doesn’t feet our scheme pretty well. But he is fast for his size and should be able to learn to catch a pass.
29th pick( 124th overall): DT Mike Neal
So this pick is actually traded to Seahawks and it was already traded at the time the pick was made, but our GM Commish decided to not include the real time changes, therefore I wasn’t there to make the pick and it was made by my co-GM. Im completely disagree with the pick and his argumentation. I would have traded this pick for a 5th and 7th.
Here is his argumentation:
To use a cliché saying about Andy Reid’s drafting strategy: ”Reid always drafts Line” and that is what he would probably do here. Eagles are missing a pass rushing DT on 1st And 2nd downs before pass rush specialists line up on 3rd downs. Mike Neal can add the pass rush on first 2 downs with his explosiveness, he showed that in his college carrier by having 5,5 sacks in his junior- and senior seasons.
I don’t know if he actually knows that our DTs playing a two gab system and therefore won’t generate the same amount of pass rush.
31th pick( 191th overall): CB Walter McFadden(5-11, 181) Auburn
My co-GM picked CB David Pender out of Purdue, but I overruled him and picked McFadden. McFadden had a nice Pro Day and definitely boosted his value. But he can still go undrafted. From what I know about him, he seems to be a good man cover guy with a good speed. He lacks the instincts at the time and can get burned by a good WR in NFL. But he adds good depth to our aging secondary and with a couple of year behind Asante and Brown, he might become a good CB in NFL like his brother.
That’s it. As you can see the draft is affected both in positive and negative ways by working with another guy. Since I put a good amount of work in this draft, I would love to see some comments both positive and negative, any suggestions, how could I improve the draft( better value, cover more needs etc.) Please guys sound off. Let me know if you want me to post pre draft GM Mock,because there will be one. Thank you