If the Eagles' plans for the draft are anything like the additions they have made so far throughout free agency, the players they draft will have to posses size, versatility and speed. After Jeffrey Lurie's recent comments regarding Nick Foles, I strongly believe the team will pass on drafting a QB an go into training camp with the winner of the Michael Vick and Nick Foles battle taking the starting QB job. Now don't get me wrong, I wouldn't rule adding a QB such as Geno Smith, EJ Manuel or Matt Scott out but I personally think it is a little more likely that they steer away from the QB's in this years draft.
So here it is, my personal mock draft, including all 9 of the Eagles draft picks, the last pick being the compensatory pick they received from the league after losing both Steve Smith and Juqua Parker through free agency. I also want to say that I used multiple sites' rankings to try and project players that should be available when the Eagles are set to pick in each round. Enjoy!
1st Round: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (6'7", 306 lbs.)
Since offensive line is the only major weakness the Eagles have yet to address in free agency, it leaves me to believe that the team will be taking the best offensive tackle on the board when they're up in the 1st round. I believe that Luke Joeckal will be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs which leaves Eric Fisher as the next best OT in the draft. Although he may come from a small school, Fisher is an absolute monster in pass protection. He proved he could hold his own when faced with "larger school" talent and had an outstanding combine. Fisher could immediately start at both right or left tackle and allow Todd Herremans to move inside to right guard or play left tackle if Jason Peters is not 100% healthy.
2nd Round: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU (6'8", 277 lbs.)
The other hole on the roster that the Eagles have yet to address is the 5-tech defensive end for their 3-4 or hybrid defense. Scouts are said to be questioning whether or not Hunt can play the 5-technique but I definitely believe he can do so. Everything about this guy just screams Chip Kelly to me. He has the size and speed Chip has preached about so far but also possesses insane power for a defensive end as well, having benched 225 lbs. an amazing 38 times at the combine. He has only played football for 4-5 years and still has not reached his potential, and that is what intrigues me the most. Hunt is also an outstanding presence in a field goal block unit, having blocked an NCAA record 10 field goals in his career. I believe the sky is the limit for Hunt and he has already shown an outstanding ability to rush the passer, set the edge and make plays with his length. All in all, I think Hunt is too promising to pass up on if he's still there.
3rd Round: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (6'0", 191 lbs.)
Although I believe Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher could make for a solid starting CB duo, I also believe they need more competition. Jordan Poyer is a tall ball-hawking corner with huge play-making ability. He struggles to play press man coverage but uses his great hips and solid feet to stay on top of the receiver. Poyer was second in the NCAA in interceptions, totaling 7 on the season and that is something that I believe Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman will be looking to add to the cornerback competition. A lengthy, aggressive ball-hawk with a nice upside will be a nice grab in the 3rd round.
4th Round: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State (6'6", 254 lbs.)
Yes, I know the Eagles currently have 3 tight ends on the roster and just added James Casey but I believe a TE with Gavin Escobar's skillset is exactly what they're missing and exactly what Chip Kelly wants. Escobar is a monster in terms of stature but can consistently beat linebackers and safeties with his impressive route running. When the Eagles held the press conference to introduce James Casey, Chip Kelly kept comparing Casey to Aaron Hernandez....I believe Escobar can be the Eagles' version of Rob Gronkowski.
5th Round: Rontez Miles, FS, California (PA) (6'0", 203 lbs.)
I'll be honest, I didn't really hear of Rontez Miles until I read this article on WalterFootball.com and saw that the Eagles were "very interested" in Miles. So I decided to do some research and I definitely loved what I saw and read about him. He didn't have the most impressive combine but his tape really jumps out at me. Miles is incredibly physical and really knows how to "lay the wood" as they say. He is also solid in coverage, Miles had eight pass breakups and five interceptions in 2011 and two pass breakups and four interceptions in his final season at California (PA). Miles has had his fair share of off the field issues, including being dismissed from the Kent State program due to allegations of possession of marijuana and driving without a license. But don't judge so quickly, Miles transferred and straightened out.
7th Round: Kwame Geathers, NT, Georgia (6'5", 342 lbs.)
Kwame Geathers might actually be my favorite nose tackle in the entire draft. It could be his monstrous frame but it could also be how quickly he can move off the ball as well. Geathers shows a quickness off the snap to lock out his arms and drive the linemen back as well as shed the blocker and fold the pocket. But that also comes with a cost, Geathers has a tendency to become lazy as the game progresses and can definitely drop some weight and work on his conditioning. I believe Geathers may very well fall to the Eagles in the 7th and with his size, ability and his family's success at the pro level, I think he is definitely worth the pick.
7th Round: Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan (5'10", 199 lbs.)
The man they call "Shoelace" could definitely be a late-round steal for the Eagles. I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding Robinson and what position he could play in the NFL. But I believe landing in Philadelphia could be the best thing for him. Chip Kelly loves versatility on offense and I can only imagine the things that Chip would do with Denard considering that he an definitely run and pass as well as currently working to become a wide receiver. "Shoelace" could be a dangerous toy with a man like Chip Kelly operating it.
7th Round: Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington (6'5", 216 lbs.)
Brandon Kaufman is intriguing option that I believe the Eagles should take a look at. He's a huge reciever which is something that haven't had on the outside in a very long time. Kaufman knows how to use his body very well to shield off the defender and battle for the ball at it's highest point. He would become an instant red zone threat and could use his size to beat defenders deep vertically down the field as well. Kaufman may have played for a smaller school but he did dominate when healthy, catching 93 passes for 1,850 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season.
7th Round: Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA (6'3", 302 lbs.)
Yes, I know, he may not have that mean look to him...but Jeff Baca is one hell of a tenacious player. He's incredibly physical and really gets down and dirty when it comes to getting the job done. Baca has experience playing both tackle and guard, which would provide the Eagles with a versatile reserve linemen that they could call on when necessary. Baca does an excellent job at recognizing the blitz quickly and re-directing it. I believe Baca is an underrated offensive lineman in this incredibly deep draft class but the Eagles should definitely take a look at him.
There you have it, my 2013 Eagles' Mock Draft! Please let me know what you think of my choices and who you would like to see them draft as well. Thanks! :)