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2013 Eagles Armchair GM Draft Kit

Unfortunately I haven't had the time to type out all of my notes, but I wanted to post what I could before the draft begins tonight and I will update & complete the post by the time the 2nd round starts tomorrow so that it looks something like last year's version. With that in mind, here are some brief pre-draft thoughts, the 1st Round of my Value Board, followed by my Final Mock. I will be adding the rest (FA Recap, Team Needs, complete Value Board, Live Mock, Draft Grades, & 2008-2012 History) as soon as possible. Check out the aforementioned link for a better explanation.

Brief Pre-Draft Thoughts:

  • If the Eagles are okay with their starting OTs, they should be both willing an able to trade back. There are several trade candidates, namely the Cardinals, Chargers, Lions, and Dolphins, between picks 7-12 that hopefully can be leveraged to max out the value. I'd prefer trading back because I think they have a lot of needs to fill, but if they stay at 4, the pick should be OT.
  • I advocated trading Jason Babin before the draft last year...c'est la vie. Jeremy Maclin, Nick Foles, and Vinny Curry are this year's Babin. Jason Avant would be in that group, but his trade value doesn't justify eating the resulting 1.5 mil in dead money. Similarly, DeMeco Ryans has more value to the Eagles than what they would get in a trade.
  • Trent Cole is more complicated. I don't see him as a 34LB, so he is essentially reduced to a 6 mil situational pass rusher. The problem is the cap hit if you trade him...6.4 mil this year, 4.8 mil if you wait a year, and 3.2 mil the year after that. They may have to swallow it at some point.
  • I will be posting in-depth team needs for every position, but here are some thoughts on QB. When I evaluate QB prospects I like to split them into three categories: Franchise - QBF, Almost Franchise - QBA, & Back-Ups - QBU...explained further in the link above. This year there are no QBF prodpects and only one QBA prospect that fit the Eagles' needs and I consider it a waste to select a QBU unless you already have a QBF on your roster....hence, my "F" grade for the Foles selection last year.
  • The Eagles, or any other team for that matter, aren't winning a Super Bowl without a Franchise QB. That said, I would do whatever it takes to acquire one...aka, I would be fine with trading out of the 1st round for a bounty of draft picks that included, among others, a 2014 1st Round pick to facilitate getting one next year. If you disagree, answer me this question: Which team is closer right now to winning a Super Bowl, the Eagles or the Redskins?....see my point.
  • Food for thought for those of you that watched March Madness. Chane Behanon would be an awesome TE and Aaron Craft, a mean FS.

Draft Target Value Board:

After evaluating prospects over the past year, I like to narrow that list down to players that I feel fit the Eagles needs. I have never been a big fan of reaching for a need in the draft (i.e. the Eagles 2011 Draft). Therefore, I like to create a big board based on the perceived value of each player as it pertains both positional depth in the draft and Eagles' need. For example, when I post the completed version, the ILB prospects will be drastically devalued cause the Eagles have their starting ILB positions filled and a total of 6 ILB on their roster. There are several prospects, not included on this board, that I like to varying degrees, but I exclude them from the board due to their poor fit.

TOP 10 5th
Eric Fisher OT C Michigan Marcus Cromartie CB Wisconsin
Star Lotulelei NT/34DE Utah Nick Kasa TE Colorado
Jonathan Cooper OG/OC UNC Quanterus Smith 34LB W Kentucky
Michael Buchanan 34LB Illinois
1st Matt Scott QBU Arizona
Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma Devonte Holloman ILB/OLB South Carolina
Tavon Austin WRS/RBC WVU AJ Klein ILB Iowa St
Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M Tavarres King WRP Georgia
Dion Jordan 34LB Oregon Josh Boyce WRS TCU
Sharif Floyd 34DE Florida Rod Sweeting CB GA Tech
Datone Jones 34DE UCLA Cornelius Washington 34LB Georgia
Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
5th-6th
1st-2nd Josh Evans S Florida
Chance Warmack OG Alabama TJ McDonald
S USC
Dee Milliner CB Alabama Armonty Bryant DE/34LB East Central
Justin Pugh OG/OT Syracuse Eric Kush OC Cal (PA)
Sylvester Williams 34DE UNC Skylar Allen OC Ohio
Kenny Vaccaro S Texas Chris Gragg TE Arkansas
DeAndre Hopkins WRP Clemson Matt Furstenburg TE Maryland
Logan Ryan CB Rutgers
2nd Nik Embernate OG San Diego St
Jarvis Jones 34LB Georgia Nick Becton OG/OT VA Tech
DJ Hayden CB Houston David Bakhtiari OT Colorado
Jonathan Cyprien S FIU Matt Summers-Gavin OG California
Alec Ogletree ILB/OLB Georgia
Xavier Rhodes CB Florida St 6th
Dwayne Gratz CB Uconn Anthony Rashad White NT Michigan St
Desmond Trufant CB Washington Joe Kruger 34DE Utah
Eric Reid S LSU Lerentee McCray 34LB/ILB Florida
Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati DC Jefferson TE Rutgers
Zach Ertz TE Stanford Demetrius Harris TE UW Milwaukee
Cordarelle Patterson WRF Tennessee Mychal Rivera TE Tennessee
John Lotulelei ILB Utah
2nd-3rd Steve Beauharnais ILB Rutgers
Jesse Williams NT/34DE Alabama Ray Graham RBF Pittsburgh
Barkevious Mingo 34LB LSU Rontez Miles S Cal (PA)
Jonathan Franklin RBF UCLA Vinston Painter OG/OT VA Tech
Darius Slay CB Miss St
Keenan Allen WRF California 6th-7th
Quinton Patton WRP LA Tech Luke Marquardt OT Azusa Pacific
Chris Harper WRP Kansas St Tanner Hawkinson OT Kansas
Margus Hunt 34DE SMU Sam Brenner OG/OT Utah
Tyrann Mathieu CBS LSU Connor Vernon WRP Duke
Matt Elam S Florida Spencer Ware RBP LSU
Brandon Jenkins 34LB Florida St
3rd Brandon Hepburn ILB FAMU
Jamar Taylor CB Boise St Adrian Bushell CBS Louisville
EJ Manuel QBA Florida St Jared Smith 34DE UNH
Jamie Collins 34LB Southern Miss Quinton Dial 34DE Alabama
Brandon Williams NT MO Southern St Damion Square 34DE Alabama
Montori Hughes NT/34DE TN Martin Eric Herman OG Oiho
Sio Moore ILB/OLB Uconn Marquise Goodwin WRS Texas
Andre Ellington RBC Clemson
Hugh Thornton OG Illinois 7th-FA
Brian Winters OG Kent St Chris Thompson RBC Florida St
Jon Bostic ILB Florida Walter Stewart 34LB Cincinnati
Kevin Minter ILB LSU Vernon Kearney CB Lane
Christine Michael RBF Texas A&M Reid Fragel OT Ohio St
Robert Woods WRP USC Travis Chappelear 34DE NW Missouri St
Glenn Foster 34DE Illinois
3rd-4th Marcus Davis WRF VA Tech
Menelik Watson OT Florida St Denard Robinson WRS Michigan
Terron Armstead OT Arkansas-PB Earl Watford OG SMU
Jonathan Banks CB Miss St Ryan Otten TE San Jose St
Markus Wheaton WRS Oregon St Nicholas Williams 34DE Samford
Stedman Bailey WRP WVU Kaleb Ramsey 34DE Boston College
Dallas Thomas OG Tennessee Mike Catapano 34DE Princeton
David Quessenberry OG San Jose St Phillip Lutzenkirchen TE Auburn
Giovanni Bernard RBF UNC Zach Sudfeld TE Nevada
Aaron Dobson WRF Marshall Vince Williams ILB/OLB Florida St
David Bass 34LB MO Western St John Boyett S Oregon
Jordan Poyer
CB Oregon St Emmett Cleary OT/OG Boston College
Marc Anthony CB California Tony Jefferson S Oklahoma
DJ Swearinger S South Carolina Cooper Taylor S Richmond
Ray Ray Armstrong S
Faulkner
4th Ryan Spadola WRP Lehigh
Geno Smith QBU WVU Lanear Sampson WRS Baylor
Knile Davis RBF Arkansas Taylor Stockemer WRP Arkansas St
David Amerson CB NC State Matt Smith OC/OG Kentucky
Brian Schwenke OC/OG California Nick Carlson OC/OG Wyoming
Bennie Logan DT/34DE LSU Kyle Wilburn OC/OG Troy
Ryan Jensen OG CO St-Puebla Eric Martin ILB Nebraska
JC Tretter OG/OC Cornell Troy Davis ILB Central Florida
Jeff Baca OG UCLA James Ferentz OC Iowa
JJ Wilcox
S GA Southern
Earl Wolff S NC State
Da'Rick Rogers WRF Tenn Tech
Zac Stacy RBF Vanderbilt
4th-5th
Kyle Long OG Oregon
Zac Dysert QBU Miami (OH)
Ty Powell ILB Harding
Zaviar Gooden OLB/ILB Missouri
Rashaan Melvin CB N. Illinois
Shamarko Thomas S Syracuse
Vance McDonald TE Rice
Gavin Escobar TE San Diego St
Ryan Swope WRP Texas A&M
Kenny Stills WRP Oklahoma
Baccari Rambo S Georgia
Dennis Johnson RBF Arkansas
Joseph Randle RBF Oklahoma St


Final Mock Draft:

I will update this and add some brief thoughts on each player.

1-4) Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma - 6060 - 303
2-3) Jonathan Cyprien - S - Florida Int'l
3-5) Dwayne Gratz - CB - Connecticut - 5111 - 201
4-4) Montori Hughes - NT/34DE - TN Martin - 6040 - 329
5-3) David Bass - 34LB - Missouri Western St - 6037 - 262
7-4) Jared Smith - 34DE - New Hampshire - 6033 - 302
7-6) Eric Kush - OC - California (PA) - 6037 - 304
7-12) Chris Thompson - RBC - Florida St - 5070 - 192
7-33) Walter Stewart - 34LB - Cincinnati - 6040 - 246

Updates soon to come.

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