I have been studying the 2012 NFL Draft for a while and feel I have a good feel for which prospects fit our scheme, where players are going to fall and when we should select them. Of course I will be proved completely wrong come April 26th-28th, but hey I did an Eagles mock draft in the fan post section anyways. Here is my 6-round Eagles mock draft. Enjoy!Round 1: Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State- Very athletic DT who played all over MSU's line this past season. 4.79 40 shows his explosion and 30 reps in the bench press shows his strength. He is a natural pass rusher who will thrive in the wide-9 scheme. Some people may like Dontari Poe, but watch him on film and you will be greatly disappointed.
Round 2(Via Arizona): Brandon Boykin CB/KR Georgia- I absolutely love Brandon Boykin. Great slot corner, where he was used primarily this past season at UGA, and is great on kickoff returns as well. Don't get me wrong, I like Jose but he is turning 31 this season and will be a UFA next season. The Eagles could dump Hanson early and put Boykin at the nickel back position or have two stud slot corners to match up against four WR sets and promote Boykin next season. He is also an outstanding KOR as well. Second in SEC history in kickoff return yards, and had four returned for touchdowns during his career including three over 100. Fills two needds with one pick. Also love his ball skills, which will be increasingly important when we lose Asante.
Round 2: Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers- Don't bother looking up his 40 yard time after seeing his name on my mock draft. Watch him on film and look up his vertical, cone drill and shuttle run which all ranked near the top with wide receivers. Too much attention is put on 40 times for WRs. Give me a crisp route runner with great hands and quickness. Sanu is all that. Good slot reciever immediatatly and a good red zone target.
Round 3(Via Houston): Chris Rainey RB/KR Florida When you stink in one area, why not drafted multiple players to fill a need. Rainey is a good return man who can compete with Boykin on kickoffs. Rainey is also a very speed RB(4.3 40 at pro day), potentially lethal slot receiver and a dynamic special teams player(6 blocked punts in college, 6!)
Round 4: Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma: Solid linebacker, textbook tackler, can play all 3 linebacker positions. Should compete with Chaney for SLB job. Great intangibles to boot. Sound good? Let's move on.
Round 5: Tom Compton OT South Dakota Great athlete at offensive tackle. Still a bit raw but will get great coaching from Mudd this summer. We don't need a future starting OT as both Peters and Herremans will be here at least thru 2014, but we need a good backup tackle. Maybe a project for the future at LT.
Round 6(Via Indianapolis): James Hanna TE Oklahoma Raw player but man did he impress at the combine. 4.49 40 and 36.5 vert jump. Can line up at WR and TE. Needs a lot of coaching but has a ton of potential. Great value in the 6th round where he is projected to go.
Round 6(Via Denver): Christian Thompson FS South Carolina State Fast safety who hits hard. Here to provide depth behind Nate Allen and probably competes for a spot on the 53 man roster with Yeremiah Bell(maybe).
Round 6(Via New England): Kellen Moore QB Boise State You are going to see Moore fall late into the 6th or 7th round of the draft. He doesn't have a very big arm and is short. That will scare teams away. He isn't the QB of the future but he will compete with Trent Edwards for the 3rd string spot. Edwards has injury concerns and you can't carry just two QBs with Vick as your starter. Moore is best suited for a west coast offense that will show off his accuracy. He will be a career backup, but has all the intangibles you would want in a backup. He will be ready to step in at anytime and will never be a distraction in practice or off the field.