Draft Strength by Pick

With just over two weeks left I like to think the boards are pretty well set. I am putting together a list of round strengths and players I think will be right around where the eagles pick to make a mock draft. I think this draft is deep. If you draft by the strength of the draft, I believe you could find great players in every round.

Pick 4 Strength: OT and DT

The first round at pick 4 I can only see 3 guys worth taking.

  1. Luke Joeckel
  2. Eric Fisher
  3. Sharrif Floyd

After that I would see more value in trading down a few spots to pick up extra picks. My next list is a bunch of guys I wouldn't mind seeing us take especially if the compensation is correct.

  1. Dee Milliner
  2. Chance Warmack
  3. Lane Johnson
  4. Dion Jordan
  5. Star Lotulelei
  6. Sheldon Richardson
  7. Jonathan Cooper
  8. Barkevious Mingo
  9. Jarvis Jones
  10. Ezekiel Ansah
  11. Desmond Trufant
  12. Xavier Rhodes

Up to Jarvis Jones I would expect at least one nice 2nd round selection in return for moving back and the more we move back the more extra picks (maybe a future 1st or 2nd)

If the top three are gone one trade I have been pushing for which may well be hurt by the recent QB moves is to move back with someone like Buffalo to 8 so they can jump ahead of Cleveland or Arizona (even though they just grabbed Palmer) to make sure they get Geno Smith. I know they just got Kolb but from everything I heard they are still very much in play for a QB. That way we pick up 41 and still have a shot at a top end prospect.

Another trade back option that makes sense is moving back to 11 or 12 with San Diego or Miami who need a tackle and picking up a 2nd and future pick. Maybe a future 2nd or at least a 3rd.

Pick 35 Strength: Safety and DT.

  1. Matt Elam
  2. Johnathan Hankins
  3. Eric Reid
  4. Sylvester Williams
  5. Jonathan Cyprien
  6. Kawann Short
  7. Johnthan Banks
  8. Jesse Williams
  9. Manti Te'o
  10. Alec Ogletree

Pick 67 Strength: CB

  1. Darius Slay
  2. Barrett Jones
  3. Phillip Thomas
  4. Jamie Collins
  5. Jordan Poyer
  6. Robert Alford
  7. Tyrann Mathieu
  8. Logan Ryan
  9. John Jenkins

Pick 101 Strength: CB, Safety, and DT

  1. Brandon Williams
  2. Corey Lemonier
  3. D.J. Swearinger
  4. Blidi Wreh-Wilson
  5. JJ Wilcox
  6. B.W. Webb
  7. Jordan Mills
  8. Alvin Bailey
  9. Kiko Alonso

Pick 136 Strength: DT and OL

  1. Jordan Hill
  2. Bennie Logan
  3. Tony Jefferson
  4. Montori Hughes
  5. Ty Powell
  6. Khaled Holmes
  7. Dallas Thomas
  8. J.C. Tretter
  9. Leon McFadden
  10. Will Davis

Seventh round guys I like: For the 7th round I want to look for guys who need development but have the physical skills to possibly make it in the NFL.

  1. Earl Watford
  2. Jeff Baca
  3. Matt Stankiewitch
  4. Tourek Williams
  5. David Bass
  6. Quanterus Smith
  7. Levine Toilolo
  8. Joseph Fauria
  9. Jasper Collins
  10. Marquess Wilson
  11. Marcus Davis
  12. Mark Harrison
  13. Tyrone Goard
  14. Jonathan Stewart
  15. Brandon Hepburn
  16. Travis Johnson
  17. Michael Mauti
  18. Knile Davis
  19. Onterio McCalebb
  20. Robbie Rouse
  21. Brad Wing
  22. Ryan Allen
  23. Quinn Sharp

So if I try and be optimistically realistic about who may actually be around at each pick and keep our original picks I would like to see something like this:



Eric Fisher 6'7" 306 lbs 5.05 - 40
: Don't really need to get into his game at this point. Will start at RT for the time being and let Herremans move back into guard to solidify our line. I would rather have Joeckel but assume he is gone.



Matt Elam 5'10" 208 lbs 4.54 - 40
: SS of the future. I see him as the difference maker we have been missing in the secondary. A real leader of that defense last year and productive in the SEC. Chung is only on really on a 2 year deal of guaranteed money and the second year is only 1 M to cut him.

Career Statistics

2010 13 22 1 0 0
2011 13 78 7 2 18
2012 13 76 5 4 73



Darius Slay 6'1" 192 lbs 4.36-40
: I feel Slay is one of the best CB's in this draft class and if he falls to us at 67 we would be extremely lucky. Playing across from Banks as the field corner in Mississippi States defense he was challenged a lot and responded with great underrated play all year long. I was extremely high on him before he blazed the 40 at the combine. I could see him push for a starting job year one or at least become a starter down the line. He is a great special teamer and is tough. With Willaims only under contract for 2 years guaranteed money and Bradley Fletcher really only 1 year guaranteed we need more depth at CB.

Career Statistics

2009 JUCO - - - -
2010 JUCO - - - -
2011 13 24 4 1 72
2012 13 40 6 5 101



D.J. Swearinger 5'11" 208 lbs 4.67-40
: Captain of the South Carolina defense and a four year starter, few college safeties hit as hard as Swearinger. He reminds me a lot of Dashon Goldson with how he does not shy away from contact. He is a bit of a tweener SS/FS but I like his value in the 4th. I think he could be an eventual starter and the combo of him and Elam would give our secondary some real attitude we have been lacking. Phillips is only a 1 year deal and his knees scare me.

Career Statistics

2009 13 19 1 0 0
2010 14 66 5 1 22
2011 13 80 3 3 0
2012 12 79 7 2 72



Bennie Logan 6'2" 309 lbs 4.89-40
: One of the big reasons the Bayou Bengals had such a great run defense last year. Gets overlooked in a deep DT class but I think he has the skill set to play the 5 Tech here. I actually think he could push Thornton from day one for playing time. At the least I could see him as a solid rotational piece to add to that 5 Tech rotation.

Career Statistics

2009 RS - - -
2010 3 5 0.5 0.0
2011 14 57 6.5 3.0
2012 13 45 5.5 2.0




Earl Watford 6'3" 300 lbs 5.06 - 40: Philly native might not be here as he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I think in time he could be good NFL starting guard. For the time being he could develop under Herremans and Mathis. If you could get a starting guard in the 7th round that's great value. Even if he just becomes a very good backup/spot starter it would still be good value. Great fit for what Chip Kelly is predicted to do with the Oline.



Marquess Wilson 6'3" 194 lbs 4.51 - 40
: Very productive two year's ago and had some problems this year. Wilson's exit from Washington State was not exactly ideal, as he was suspended for violating team rules and then ripped Mike Leach and his coaching staff on his way out the door. I see him as a good developmental project like Bryce Brown who is loaded with physical talent and may just have needed to grow up a bit.

Career Statistics

2010 12 55 1,006 18.3 6
2011 12 82 1,388 16.9 12
2012 9 52 813 15.6 5



Joseph Fauria 6'7" 259 lbs 4.72 - 40
: Going along with the Wilson idea, another big receiving option who could be a terror in the red zone. Has not played up to his talent level all the time makes him fall. Worth a shot this late.

Career Statistics

2008 3 0 0 0.0 0
2009 RS - - - -
2010 12 3 21 7.0 2
2011 14 39 481 12.3 6
2012 14 46 637 13.8 12



Quanterus Smith 6'5" 250 lbs
: 2012 Sun Belt Player of the year. One of the best pass rushers in the country last year before his devastating knee injury. He would take a year or so to hopefully come back but might end up being a steal very late. You would need patience to let him heal and develop as he comes from a smaller school. Could turn into a pass rushing specialist in time however.

Career Statistics

2008 RS - - -
2009 12 12 1.0 0.0
2010 12 47 10.5 4.0
2011 12 38 11.0 6.5
2012 10 38 18.5 12.5

As you can see I didn't take a stud 5 tech in the first few rounds but I felt the strength of the draft was better to wait on that. We are not going to have a superbowl team right away. We still have OL issues (aging) and no QB. I think it's more important to bring in the best players since we have needs pretty much across the board on defense and the Oline. I would like to see us target a QB of the future in the next draft or two when Manziel, Mariota, Bridgewater and others come out that are better fits for Chip Kelly's system.

If we were to trade down to 12 with Miami who may be looking for a OT I would look to get 12, 42, and a future 2nd for compensation. Then I would go some combination of....

12) Chance Warmack /Jonathan Cooper

35) Matt Elam / Johnathan Hankins

42) Sylvester Williams / Eric Reid

Something along those lines depending on who is there.

UDFA take a shot on any of the guys I had in the seventh round list and some other UDFA I hope we get a shot at:

  1. Charles Johnson WR Grand Valley State
  2. Kapron Lewis-Moore DT Notre Dame
  3. Patrick Lewis OC Texas A and M
  4. Travis Long OLB Washington State
  5. Jared Smith DT New Hampshire
  6. Brandon Moore DT Texas
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