"I gave you prophecy on my 1st mock, and you all lamed out. Hope you really appreciate it now that the second one came out."
Not much Prefacing needed, you know how these go.
NEEDS: OT, DL, DB
Rd. 1 (4) Dion Jordan OLB - Chip takes his guy, who knows Dion better than Chip. Stud needed at the 2nd level to solidify LB corps. Plenty has been said about Jordan over the last day or so. I personally love his ceiling and potential, I find the biggest knock against him to be the biggest strength he brings to the team. His ability to cover in space, is an attribute our second level has lacked for a longtime, Kendricks was solid last year in space but he is undersized and more suited for the middle. Jordan along with the addition of Barwin and the move to instituting a 3-4 scheme could take the defense to a level we haven't seen in nearly a decade, as long as the secondary plays competently. Dion has drawn comparisons to Jason Taylor, oh my.
Rd. 2 (35) EJ Manuel QB - Chip takes a guy that almost was his guy. Much was made about how EJ almost went to play for Chip in college, now Chip has the chance to make the choice for Manuel and he will not let him get away twice. While there is an "open competition" at QB, EJ's selection all but says the Vick/Foles era is coming to an end. Manuel still has much to learn but his physical attributes (6'5" 235; similar to Colin Kaepernick) bode well for the new offense as he will be open to taking hits and his 4.6 speed isn't 4.4 RG3 speed but it's far from Nick Foles speed. He needs to improve his decision making, but no QB on the roster has proven to be a good decision maker so it's hard to knock him. EJ could take the reigns next year, or mid-way through the year once Vick gets hurt.
Here are a couple graphs to show how EJ matches up against the other QB prospects, numbers-wise:
Courtesy of @JPSTATS
Rd. 3 (67) Brennan Williams RT - Could step in as a starter or add depth initially and work his way in to the starting lineup. Good run blocker, great value in the 3rd round. He only has experience as RT, so he is not much of "Jack of all Trades" OT and he has some footwork and pad level issues. Williams' upside, athletic, long arms, likes to make quick contact, very strong and nasty on the LOS. He needs to improve blocking in space, which could be an issue for a Chip Kelly offense.
Rd. 4 (101) William Gholston 3-4 DE - Has the attributes and skill to be a 5 tech guy. Not gonna pile up the sacks but is a pretty good run-stopper, at 6'6" 280 he is a big fella with nice athleticism. Bit of a mean streak in him as he got suspended for punching a Michigan O-lineman and attempting to twist Denard Robinson's head off his shoulders. The Eagles could use some nasty.
Rd. 5 (136) Denard Robinson WR/KR/QB - Weapon. Chip get's his swiss army knife to do his best DeAnthony Thomas impression. Robinson is a 6th round type of player but without a 6th round pick the Eagles step in and take him a round earlier because he won't last until the seventh. We know about Denard, he is no secret, he will play WR/KR in NFL. He will be a package guy and get a lot of misdirection chances as he is a threat to pass or run the ball, for which he made a name for himself as a Wolverine.
Rd. 7 (210) Quanterus Smith OLB - Recently visited with Philly. Knack for getting to the QB, high value coming off an ACL injury and playing inferior talent in college. Can play in this hybrid 3-4/4-3 scheme as both a DE & OLB. Adding a 6'5" guy at LB would be huge whereas you have tweeners like Kendricks, Cole and Graham right now. A guy that could go anywhere from 3rd to undrafted. I took Smith in the 7th in my last mock as well:
Smith suffered an ACL tear that has put his draft position in limbo. It could be farfetched to think Quan Smith could last until the 7th but with his recent injury history and simply being too small to be an effective DE, it's possible. And I'm holding on to hope, I'd hate to see him lose money but I'd love him in the 7th, shoot I'd take him in the 5th if we had an extra pick. Before his ACL tear Smith record 12.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and returned a fumble for a score all in TEN games; so you see how it could be farfetched. [...] If the Eagles could land him, he'd be a candidate for conversion to OLB he has nice speed (hopefully retained after he heals) and his size at 6'5" is daunting for a LB much like Dion Jordan at 6'6".
Rd. 7 (212) Micah Hyde CB - Nice size, physical. Add depth to 3rd level, has good instincts just a bit inconsistent. Could be moved to safety, but is an option at the nickel slot because he is a good tackler. Hyde tallied 240 tackles, 8 INTs, 4 FF & 27 PD through his college career. He was arrested, but in the 7th round that will be overlooked.
Rd. 7 (218) TJ Barnes NT - 1 tech guy, more so for depth. Eagles look for a heir to Soap in the 2014 draft. Barnes will slide ironically because he is so damn big, he is trying to lose weight to get around 350 but he still has issues get low so he doesn't impact the pass rush. TJ does however block up the lanes and swats passes, and at depth position on 3rd down passing situations he could see some playing time if he shows promise.
Rd. 7 (239) James Wilson G - Depth selection. Natural size guard, solid run blocker. Not much starting experience. I took him in my first mock as well:
Possesses natural size for a guard but had a average season for the Gators in 2012. Could be a great depth guy and battle Dennis Kelly for a spot. Already has some injury issues, so fairly reasonable for him to last until the 7th round. Not much to say, this is a need pick for me especially after what happened to the o-line last season, we need however many bodies as possible.
I do expect the Eagles to move back into the 6th round and possibly trade Foles for a 3rd or a 4th/5th, and use one of those extra picks to pick up a TE.
AHHHHHHH! Thursday, would you get here already!