Our pals at Mocking The Draft put out a new mock draft today and for the first time since probably December... I can say that we're seeing an almost entirely new name being mocked to the Eagles. DT Sheldon Richardon from Missouri.
With the switch to a 3-4, the Philadelphia Eagles have begun to clean house at the defensive tackle position. Last year's first round pick Fletcher Cox projects as a solid fit in the 3-4 scheme, but the Eagles could look to add another end across from him. Sheldon Richardson's quickness and non-stop motor will make him a solid fit for the team's defensive scheme
There's no question that defense tackle (or 3-4 DE) will be high on the Eagles shopping list this offseason. With the release of veterans Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, it's a pretty thin group.
Richardson is certainly not an out of left field pick and is a guy that many believe is a legit top 5 prospect. Last month, former scout and current NFL.com draft guru Bucky Brooks said he rated Richardson above Star Lotulelei.
"Richardson...is an absolute beast," said Brooks. "You don't find a 3 technique that leads your team in tackles like this... You see his ability not only as a pass rusher, but a dominant run defender. He can play the 3 technique, he can play the 1, he can do everything that you want to see from a DT. I think he's a better player than Star Lotulelei."
For full analysis of each pick, check out Mocking the Draft.
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|5||Detroit Lions||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|9||New York Jets||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|12||Miami Dolphins||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|19||New York Giants||Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State|
|20||Chicago Bears||Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from WAS)||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int'l|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame|
|27||Houston Texans||Robert Woods, WR, USC|
|28||Denver Broncos||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|29||New England Patriots||Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Margus Hunt, DT, SMU|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|