Annual Mock Draft (with explanations)

I'm back with another Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft. As per usual, I will not be including any trades. Let's get into it.

1st Round: 22nd Pick

Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

Evans is a big boy. He's 6'5 and weighed in at 231 pounds at the combine. He actually ran better than expected at the combine running a 4.53. As of right now it is unclear where Evans will be taken; if he makes it to 22 I think this is an obvious selection. Evans is a phenomenal blocker who can make big time plays in the passing game as well. He is one of those guys that is always open. I think Evans will make it to 22 because he is slow out of his breaks, has stiff hips, and plays slower than his 40 time. I think he will be a steal because he is a hard worker, has tremendous potential (only 21 and has physical attributes up the wazoo), and his ball skills are already top notch. The dude just makes plays, despite his difficulties to create great separation.

2nd Round: 54th Pick

Dee Ford OLB Auburn

Ford doesn't have the size that many look for at the OLB position, but he most certainly has the skill. He measured in at 6'2 252 pounds at the combine. This guy is a worker. He is a blue collar guy that gives it his all. He has gained over 50 pounds since getting onto Auburn's campus. Ford projects as a rush linebacker and I think he will have a lot of success there. He has drawn some comparisons to Von Miller; I don't see it...but the connection has been made. I think Ford could easily become Trent Cole-esque but slightly more athletic and able to play the elephant/predator position in our defense. Ford was a First-Team All SEC Selection. I believe he falls to at least the second round because of his inferior size.

3rd Round: 86th Pick

Brock Vereen Safety Minnesota

Vereen reminds me a bit of Malcolm Jenkins. I believe he fits the kind of safety we look for. Vereen played both Safety and Corner during his career at Minnesota. He was recently selected for the All Big Ten First Team. Vereen stands at 6' 200 pounds and ran a 4.47 at the combine. He has great cover skills playing centerfield but doesn't have the bulk a team would look for to be much help in the box or covering tight ends. That's fine, though. In our defense, we need our safeties to play center field, be smart, and take good angles. Our corners need to be able to help in the run game and play solid press coverage. I think Vereen fits what we want and need and could start in year 1 alongside Jenkins. Vereen is a high intangible guy: smart, good leader, tough, etc.

4th Round: 122nd Pick

Keith McGill CB Utah

McGill is a big boy. He stands at 6'3 and weighs 211 pounds. McGill is the type of corner that is made for our defense. McGill has boatloads of potential and is a stud playing press. He is still a bit raw and could improve his run defense and footwork, however, in the 4th round I think we need to pull the trigger on this guy. Give him a year to learn under Cary Williams and then I think he could step in and start in 2015.

5th Round: 162nd Pick

Cody Latimer WR Indiana

In the 5th round, I think the Eagles could look to take another WR. Latimer would compete for the fourth wide receiver spot. Latimer is another decently big body. He stands at 6'2 and weighs 215 pounds. Latimer also has strength as a blocker and has great hands. He falls to the 5th round because he isn't the greatest athlete. For a fourth receiver, Latimer will do the trick as he catches everything, has a solid radius, and blocks his balls off.

7th Round: Pick 237

Anthony Fera Kicker Texas

Fera is a very clutch kicker. He tied Phil Dawson's school record by connecting on 15 straight FG. He was a Lou Groza Finalist and was named to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fera was 14 for 15 this year when the game was within seven points and 2-3 when the game was within a field goal.

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