ESPN's other NFL draft guru Todd McShay released his third mock draft of the season today and in a bit of a surprise he has Star Lotulelei as his #1 pick.
Lotulelei was sent home from combine after tests revealed a potential heart condition. In his explanation, McShay says that doctors found that Star's heart was pumping blood at 44% efficiency, as opposed to the normal 55-70%. 44% is not actually in the range of heart failure, but since it was below normal examiners at the combine opted to send him for tests. Medically though, this really may have no bearing on his career. If true, that's certainly good news for Star.
As for the Eagles, McShay goes through a few possible scenarios, but lands on Alabama CB Dee Milliner.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher could be an option here, but the Eagles' bigger need is on defense, seeing as Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right offensive tackle Todd Herremans are expected to be at full strength in 2013.
Oregon OLB Dion Jordan makes a ton of sense because of familiarity with Chip Kelly and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. But the Eagles already have Brandon Graham, Trent Cole, Vinny Curry and Phillip Hunt to serve as outside linebackers in their hybrid 3-4 scheme. Jordan is potentially a significant upgrade, but will they draft him with all that existing depth?
The Eagles also released Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, which leaves them with Fletcher Cox and some question marks. Lotulelei would be in play if available, but he's not in this scenario. Ezekiel Ansah could fit as a versatile defensive end, but cornerback is arguably the team's biggest need with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie not likely to return and Nnamdi Asomugha expected to become a cap casualty.
Milliner is the only top-tier cornerback in this class. He also answered questions about his speed with an official 40 time of 4.37 at the combine.
There's no doubt that CB is a major need on this team and Milliner is not only seen as the top CB in this class, his combine workout certainly seemed to cement his place as a top 10 prospect.
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|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|9||NY Jets||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Johnathan Cooper, G, North Carolina|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|19||NY Giants||Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame|
|20||Chicago Bears||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama|
|22||St Louis Rams (from WAS)||Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|26||Green Bay Packers||John Jenkins, DT, Georgia|
|27||Houston Texans||Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee|
|28||Denver Broncos||Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
|29||New England Patriots||Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Margus Hunt, DE, SMU|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame|