*Eagles trade the 67th (3rd ) pick and WR Jason Avant to the K.C. Chiefs for the 63rd (3rd) pick.*
Round 1: 7th- OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon- 6'6" 248lbs.- Jordan is unique in that he gives the Eagles the ability to not only rush the passer, but he can also cover slot receivers and the TE.
Here are a couple of videos from Draftbreakdown.com:
Round 2: 35th- QB EJ Manuel, Florida State- 6'5" 237lbs.- Manuel gives Chip Kelly the young Quarterback that he's looking to run his system. Mike Vick is old, injury-prone, and not very good at making quick decisions. If you want to get to know about EJ Manuel go watch the ESPN Special Gruden's QB Camp with him and you will come away impressed. He has all the tools necessary, is a great worker and leader, and a high character and intelligent young man that has a passion for football.
Here is a good draft profile from YouTube by Erick Ward showcasing his strengths and weaknesses:
Round 3: 63rd- FS David Amerson, N.C. State- 6'1" 205lbs.- I have the Eagles trading up to the first pick in the 3rd round to get in front of the Detroit Lions who are interested in Amerson. David Amerson is a ballhawking corner that could be the FS this team has been waiting for since Dawkins left. His ballhawk skills are comparable to Ed Reed.
Here is a draft profile from YouTube by Erick Ward highlighting Amerson's strengths and weaknesses:
Round 3: 69th- TE Gavin Escobar, S.D. State- 6'6" 254lbs.- Esbobar has been heavily scouted by the Eagles, and would give the team a young athletic TE to go with Celek and Casey. Basically would spell the end of Clay Harbor.
Here is a video from Draftbreakdown.com vs. Boise State:
Round 4: 101st- OT Jordan Mills, LA Tech- 6'5" 316lbs.- Mills is a big athletic tackle that can be developed to take the place of either Peters or Herremans eventually. He may even be good enough to take the RT job from day 1 and push Herremans to RG.
Here's a couple of notes from his NFL.com draft profile:
STRENGTHS- Mills has tremendous size and power in his upper and lower body. Mills is always hustling, and doesn't stop working until the whistle blows. He shows good awareness on stunts and sells play action passes very well. Mills has a very good first step. Takes a powerful inside step to cut off defenders. Showcases this step and balance on seal and reach blocks. Coordinated, with a good pass set.
WEAKNESSES- Inconsistent in his aiming point. Will grab outside of the chest plate, which will result in holding calls. Mills isn't very quick off the snap, and can be beaten almost instantaneously because of this. Mills can also be found lunging at his blocks too often. Never played left tackle.
Round 5: 136th- CB Terry Hawthorne- Illinois- 6'0" 195lbs.- A big physical corner who fits the mold of what Chip Kelly is looking for from his defensive backs.
Here is analysis of his strengths and weaknesses from nfl.com:
STRENGTHS- Able to match up against opponents' top receivers and support the run because of his physicality. Possesses the height, vertical, and tenacity to be factor as a press corner and on jump balls down the sideline. Quick to react on short routes, has the short-area footwork to break on poor throws to make the interception. Uses strong upper body to wrap up larger wideouts immediately after the catch and to throw down big backs in the open field. Brings some pop to the party, creates turnovers with his impact and willingness to rip at the ball during the tackle. Also a solid cut tackler, throws his shoulder into the thigh of ballcarriers to stop their momentum. Reliable on containment responsibilities outside against the run and on misdirection, will rip off blocks with strong hands. Willing to meet backs head-on in the hole and gives chase to plays down the line when no receiver is on his side of the field.
WEAKNESSES- Flashes some ability to backpedal quickly, but is often asked to open his hips off the line and is inconsistent transitioning forward to stay with out routes. Lunges at ballcarriers and ducks his head coming in for tackles at times. Takes risks and lacks great ball security when fielding punts, runs with strength but lacks great elusiveness. Body-catches interceptions, will need to prove he can extend away from his frame to complete more difficult plays.
Here is a video from draftbreakdown.com VS. Ohio State showing his ability in run support:
Round 5: 140th- RB/RS Kerwynn Williams, Utah State- 5'8" 195lbs.- He would primarily serve a role as a return specialist, but could also be mixed in with Shady and Bryce for some offensive touches, battling Chris Polk for the number three back.
Here is a note from Gil Brandt on nfl.com about the Eagles working Kerwynn out at Utah State's Pro Day:
"Williams stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard short shuttle). Staley worked out Williams, who also caught punts and kickoffs from a Jugs machine. Williams, who is quick as a hiccup, had a spectacular performance in Utah State's 41-15 win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Williams rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the win, displaying the electricity that could make him an interesting player to follow in the 2013 NFL Draft."
Here is his highlight reel from 2012 courtesy of YouTube:
Round 6: 174th- WR/RS Ace Sanders, South Carolina- 5'7" 173lbs.- This would be the perfect slot receiver for Chip Kelly's up-tempo Nascar offense, and would be another great option as a returner.
Here is a clip of one of the most amazing punt returns for a TD that you will ever see against Missouri:
And here is a highlight video from 2012 (both videos are courtesy of YouTube):
Round 7: 210th- 5-Tech DE Joe kruger, Utah- 6'6" 269lbs.- The younger brother of new Browns OLB Paul Kruger. Has the size, length, and athleticism that Chip Kelly likes on defense. He would play the 5-tech DE in the 3-4.
Here are some notes from his draft profile on NFL.com:
In 2011, Kruger played in 13 games, and logged seven starts. He had 35 tackles (five for loss), and three sacks. In his junior year, Kruger had 30 tackles (eight for loss), one interception (which he returned for a touchdown), and six sacks.
Very impressive size. Athletic. Long arms. Plays with power, capable of bull rushing offensive lineman back into the quarterback. Extends his arms and can keep offensive lineman off his frame. Good first step, comes off the ball well. Plays with a firm base. Flows to the football well, and is an effort player. Possesses the ability to redirect.
Round 7: 212th- SS Ray ray Armstrong, 6'3" 216lbs.- Miami- The former Miami Hurricane was forced to sit out in 2012 after a failed attempt to transfer to Faulkner University. He could play a key role on special teams immediately, eventually challenge Chung at SS, and provide Billy Davis with a hard hitting physical player like Adrian Wilson (who he coached in Arizona).
Round 7: 218th- DL Earl Okine, Florida- 6'6" 284lbs.- Okine would be another big athletic guy to add to the D-line. Here's what Tommy Lawlor had to say on Eaglesblog.net:
Earl Okine was a backup DE at Florida. He finished his career with 27 tackles, 2.5 TFls, and no sacks. He has gotten the attention of NFL teams because of his size and athleticism. Okine is 6-7, 284. He had a 3-cone time of 6.99. That would be solid for a Safety. It is crazy for a big DE.
Here's his workout numbers as blogged by Tommy Lawlor on Eaglesblog.net from Gil Brandt.:
"Okine ran the 40-yard dash in 5.14 and 5.23 seconds. He did 25 reps on the bench of 225 pounds, recorded a 33-inch vertical and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. Okine completed the short-shuttle in 4.65 seconds and ran the three-cone drill in 6.99 seconds."
Round 7: 239th- OLB Tristan Okpalaugo, Fresno State- 6'5" 245lbs.- Has been referred to as the "poor man's" Dion Jordan and would serve as a nice back-up as the strong-side LB if we go with the 4-3 Under or as an added OLB in the 3-4 who is able to drop into coverage.
Here are some notes from his draft profile here on Bleedinggreennation.com by Dan Klausner:
Arm length constantly shows up and enables him to make plays other than just tackling (pushing blocker backwards, getting hands in QB's face, etc.)
Long enough to keep blockers at arms-length and set edge, keeps moving laterally and fighting through block to make tackle/tackle-for-loss or allow teammate to come in and clean up.
High football IQ, typically astute when it comes to deciphering fakes and not biting.
Shows ability to recover to make play even after misstep.
Doesn't give up on first contact as pass rusher, keeps attacking with repertoire of moves.
Was dropped into coverage, primarily in zone, and looked fine operating in space when charged with doing so.
NT Harold love, Bethuane Cookman- 6'3" 325lbs.- Love was recruited out of high school by Chip Kelly to go to Oregon, but he did not meet the academic requirements. He could provide depth behind Sopoaga and even possibly challenge for playing time.
OT/G Patrick Ford, Eastern Kentucky- 6'6" 316lbs.- He's a big athletic kid who may be moved to guard in the NFL. Ford worked out privately for the Eagles on April 15th. At his Pro Day he put up 35 repetitions on the 225lbs. bench press, but did not do any positional skills because of an October knee surgery.
Here is Ford's opinion of his greatest strengths according to an interview he conducted with newerascouting.com:
"I feel my greatest strengths include my physical style of play. I am not afraid to go out there and mix it up. I like to hit and get dirty. I am very intelligent and pick up new systems fast as well as identifying what the defense is throwing at us and how to adjust to things quickly. I am very versatile as I have played RG, LG, LT and TE."
G/C Graham Pocic, Illinois- 6'7" 310lbs.- Pocic is a nasty with good mobility and a perfect fit for zone-blocking schemes. Consistently finishes plays and will play through the whistle. Graham would provide depth at guard and center.
CB Marcus Cooper, Rutgers- 6'2" 192lbs.- Cooper offers a big physical corner that the Eagles have been transitioning to this offseason. He could battle for a roster spot with Brandon Hughes and Curtis Marsh. At the Rutgers Pro Day he came away as the biggest winner.
Here is how he performed according to Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger on nj.com:
The 6-2, 192-pound Cooper, a part-time starter with Jones last season, turned in the second-fastest 40 times (4.43 and 4.47), had the best vertical leap (39 inches) and the top showing in the broad jump (10 feet, nine inches).
P Josh Hubner, Arizona St.- 6'4" 232lbs.- Competition for Donnie Jones. A good directional kicking punter as evidenced by his stats last year. He dropped 20 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line and finished second in the FBS among punters with a 47.1-yard average on 52 punts.
Here is a quote on Hubner's directional kicking at the Scouting Combine from Craig Morgan on foxsportsarizona.com:
"Hubner had three punts to the left and three to the right, dropping all six inside the desired box marked on the field. He said he had a couple balls around 5.1 and 5.2 seconds of hang time, with most around 4.7 and 4.8."
LS Luke Ingram, Hawaii- 6'5" 258lbs.- Ingram would provide competition for Jon Dorenbos and the Eagles showed their interest by sending their TE coach to his Pro Day. According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com he had an extremely good workout as far as long snappers are concerned.
ILB Brandon Hepburn, Florida A&M- 6'3" 240lbs.- Hepburn would be brought in to provide depth at inside linebacker and improve the special teams coverage units. Last year he had 86 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 7 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble for the Rattlers.
TE Demetrius harris, Wisconsin-Milwaukee- 6'6" 237lbs.- A Power Forward for the UWM basketball team who could become the latest basketball collegiate athlete to turn into an NFL star TE. At the UWM Pro Day he had an arm length of 34 ½ inches and a wingspan of 82 ¾ inches. His vertical jump was 36 ½ inches and broad jump was 10-2. His 40-yard dash times were clocked in at 4.57 and 4.62 which was better than most TE's in this year's draft including Stanford's Zach Ertz and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert. The Eagles have worked him out according to Aaron Wilson.
DT/NT/DE Quinton Dial, Alabama- 6'5" 318lbs.- Dial was recently worked out by the Eagles and could offer some versatility as a nose tackle or 5-tech DE in the 3-4 or a 3-tech DT in four man fronts.
Here's an outlook on Dial's future in the NFL courtesy of his nfl.com draft profile:
This junior college transfer isn't as highly-regarded as Terrence "Mount" Cody was a couple of years ago, nor his current teammate, Jesse Williams. But it's not easy for NFL teams to find defensive linemen with his size and length to play the five-technique spot in the 3-4 scheme or three-technique in the 4-3. Dial's versatility will likely find him drafted late.
This is my first post and tried to think logically with the picks that I chose and my reasons for each one. I feel that this is a pretty realistic mock, but I am eager to hear other peoples opinion on it. Thanks.