With the combine over, I went to work crafting my first mock draft of the year. It’s all pretty standard, except I have us acquiring the 107th pick from Detroit in exchange for Brandon Graham. I see Brandon Graham getting dealt sometime before the draft, and a 4th round pick seems accurate for the value we’d get in return. Other than that, I didn’t bother with any in-draft trades, although I’m sure we’ll be engaged in at least one.
22nd Pick: ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Projected: NFL- Top 15, CBS- 1st Round
Recognitions: 2013 Dick Butkus Award winner, 2012 Dick Butkus Award Finalist, 2-Time All-American, 2-Time All-SEC, Alabama Defensive Player of the Week 11/12 games during 2013.
This pick is strictly a BPA pick. While it’ll be close whether or not Mosley falls to the Eagles at 22, if he does I think they need to pull the trigger. I think there will be players available that fill a need more than Mosley immediately will, like Calvin Pryor or Dee Ford, but I think Mosley presents the best opportunity of a player ready to perform consistently at a high level. Mosley is already bigger than both Kendricks and Ryans and would inject some size into the position. He played at a collegiate powerhouse in Alabama where he consistently faced some of the best competition in college football, and gained some experience playing in a 3-4 defense. He registered 107 tackles in 2012, the second most at Alabama since Demeco Ryans in 2003. And speaking of Ryans, he isn’t going to be here forever and certainly isn’t at a point in his career where he’s going to get much better. By grabbing Mosley, the Eagles will have gotten a consistent replacement for Ryans and put even more youth into the position to pair with Kendricks.
54th Pick: OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Projected: NFL- 2nd-3rd Round, CBS- 1st-2nd Round
Recognitions: 2013 Walter Camp 2nd Team, 2013 CBSSports.com 3rd Team, FBS All-Independent 1st Team, FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year, 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist, 2013 Dick Butkus Award Semifinalist.
A consistent 3 year starter at BYU, Van Noy is a pick that fills a need the Eagles desperately have right now; a pass-rushing linebacker. Not to beat a dead horse, but Trent Cole isn’t getting any younger, and his flaws in coverage were exposed when he had to drop back. As a junior in 2012, Van Noy had 13 sacks paired with two interceptions and six forced fumbles. In short, he’s a playmaker. If Van Noy had come out last year, it’s very likely he would’ve been a 1st round pick. His mediocre senior season, which in part was due to teams gameplanning to avoid him, caused his stock to drop, and we could very well see him available at 44. Van Noy has shown that he can rush the passer effectively, and also displayed the versatility to drop back in coverage. His athleticism isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he’s solid across the board. A 4.71 40 and 32.5 inch vertical jump look decent, but his 7.22 time in the 3-cone drill is a little slower than what you’d like out of an edge rusher, which might drop him down to the 44th pick.
86th Pick: S Terrence Brooks, Florida State
Projected: NFL- 4th-5th Round, CBS- 3rd-4th Round
Recognitions: 2013 CBSSports.com 1st Team All-American, SI.com All-America Honorable Mention, 2013 All-ACC 2nd Team.
A 2-year starter for the National Champion Seminoles, Brooks was a key part of their number one scoring defense, limiting opponents to 12 points per game. Physically, there isn’t anything imposing about Brooks. At only 5’11" and 198 lbs., he’s a little undersized for the position, and his strength is a little limited as he only put up 10 reps in bench press at the combine. But what he lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in athleticism. Brooks ran a 4.42 40 yard dash and excelled in the jumps where he had a 38" inch vertical jump and 9’ 10" broad jump. He’s a rangy safety who has the speed to stick with receivers deep and recover well, and for an undersized player, he seems to enjoy hitting. The athleticism he has hasn’t seemed to transition over to playmaking abilities though. In his two years playing safety, he only recorded three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Do I think Brooks is the answer to our safety problems? In short, not yet. I think there’s some potential there and he has a strong chance at developing into a serviceable starter. I like Deone Bucannon and Jimmie Ward much more, but I have a feeling they’ll both be gone by our 3rd round pick, and we’d be reaching if we took either of them with the 54th pick.
107th Pick: RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, Kent State
Projected: NFL- 2nd-3rd Round, CBS- 7th-FA
Recognitions: 2013 All-MAC 3rd Team as both a Wide Receiver and Kick Returner, 2012 AP All-American, 2012 ESPN All-American, 2012 All-MAC 1st Team as both a Running Back and Kick Returner.
To acquire this pick, the Eagles trade Brandon Graham to the Lions in exchange for their 4th round pick. With the news out of Miami being that Dion Jordan will only net them a 2nd, I don’t see Graham getting us anything more than a 4th, possibly a 3rd. So I’ll go conservative for the sake of this draft and Philly ends up with the Lions 4th rounder. Dri Archer is a Chip Kelly pick. Archer wasn’t on too many radars before the 4.26 40 he dropped at the combine, but now his stock is rising almost as fast as his 40. Will he be available in the 4th? That’s a very tough thing to project. Speed is a hot commodity in the NFL, and I could very well see him gone by the 3rd round. It’s amazing that Archer made All-MAC at three different positions. His versatility is off the charts, and if there’s one thing we need it’s a solid returner. Look at the things Trinidon Holliday has done for Denver in the return game (aside from the ball security issues, of course). Archer is from a similar small, speedy mold. Archer is used to handling the football and hasn’t seemed to suffer from any fumbling issues. I picture Chip using Archer in a Darren Sproles/Dexter McCluster type of way, and he could find a small niche in this offense.
118th Pick: CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood
Projected: NFL- 5th Round, CBS- 3rd-4th Round
Recognitions: 2013 Cliff Harris Award winner (No, not that Cliff Harris), 3-Time NCAA D2 All-American, 4-Time All-MIAA, 1st in MIAA Career Passes Defensed, 2nd in MIAA Career Interceptions.
Pierre Desir is project. But a project with an amazing amount of upside. He has great size at 6’1", 198 lbs., and displays fluid natural athleticism. And you can tell from the stats that he’s a genuine playmaker. You don’t accidentally happen upon 9 interceptions in a season. That being said, Desir has only played against division II competition, and it’s almost certain he wouldn’t have put up similar stats against division I teams. He showed he could hang with division I players in the Senior Bowl where he recorded an interception and two passes defensed. His 4.59 40 time at the combine was a little disappointing, but Desir looks much faster on tape. He only played two years of high school football, and according to CBS he grew up playing soccer in Haiti, so compared to the majority of draftees who have been playing football their whole lives, football is a fairly new sport for him. With an NFL coaching staff and increased time playing the game, he could become a star cornerback. But for now, he’ll be a good pick where he’ll have a year or two to develop behind Fletcher and Williams before possibly becoming a starter.
150th Pick: WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh
Projected: NFL- 4th-5th Round, CBS- 4th-5th Round
Recognitions: 2013 All-ACC Honorable Mention, 2012 All-Big East 2nd Team, Leading Pass Catcher in Pitt history, 3rd in Career Receiving Yards at Pitt.
Devin Street has proven himself as a reliable pass catcher at Pitt, and has the potential to come into the league and be a solid possession receiver. He has good size (6’3", 198 lbs.), and decent athleticism (4.55 40, 37" vertical). There’s been talk at BGN recently about who will play the slot position. With the receiver depth we have this year, Street would rarely see the field, but with Maclin’s one year deal, he could leave next year, leaving Street to step in and play the slot. He doesn’t have the elite straight line speed to burn anyone on the outside deep, but he has good hands and runs routes well, which is ideal for the slot. With a year to sit behind a great group of wide receivers and learn, I could see Street making an impact for the team in a couple years.
157th Pick: NT Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State
Projected: NFL- 5th-6th Round, CBS- 5th-6th Round
Recognitions: 2013 Bednarik Award watch list, 2013 Outland Trophy watch list.
I can’t act like I know anything about Ryan Carrethers. I couldn’t find any film to watch on him, so everything is based on his physical and athletic stats. He projects as a 3-4 NT, and is a huge specimen at 6’1", 332 lbs. He looked to be a effective cog in the middle of the line, racking up 93 tackles in 2013 and even notching 4 sacks. With the transition to the 3-4, the Eagles need as much depth and 3-4 personnel as possible. Carrethers would provide some much needed depth at worst.
214th Pick: QB Keith Wenning, Ball State
Projected: NFL- 6th-FA, CBS- 7th-FA
Recognitions: 2013 Jonny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist, 2014 All-MAC 2nd Team, 2012 All-MAC 2nd Team, Ball State MVP.
A flyer on a quarterback in the 7th round never hurts. Wenning showed at the Shrine Game that he can throw the ball well, and with some depth needed at backup QB, Wenning could come in and potentially make the roster. I don’t see Wenning amounting to anything more than a journeyman backup quarterback, but at this point we’re set at starting QB for the foreseeable future, and competition for Barkley will be a good thing.