Mel Kiper's latest 2014 NFL mock draft (Version 4.0) has been released. It goes two round deeps. Here's how Kiper seeing the draft shaking out for the Philadelphia Eagles:
COLLEGE: Florida State
I consider Benjamin a bit of a project, with his route running and consistency in need of development, but I can think of worse ideas than giving Chip Kelly the developmental keys to a player who stands a full 6-5 and at 240 pounds runs like guys 30 pounds lighter. The Eagles have Jeremy Maclin coming off a serious knee injury, and Riley Cooper remains, but minus DeSean Jackson they could use another matchup threat, and where it was speed for Jackson, it's size for Benjamin. Sometimes, there's not much you can do with him.
It's easy to be enamored by Benjamin's size. It's also easy to point to Benjamin's flaws. Despite how you feel about Benjamin, one thing is clear: the Eagles have shown some significant interest in the FSU product. The team recently brought him to Philadelphia for a pre-draft visit. They also met with him at the 2014 NFL combine and Chip Kelly personally attended FSU's pro day. Whether or not this interest is genuine is anyone's guess. Either way, at least the Eagles will be able to make an informed decision on this polarizing prospect. Significant players that the Eagles passed over in favor of this pick: Marqise Lee, Anthony Barr, Kyle Fuller.
In the second round, Kiper has the Eagles going with a defensive back.
54. Philadelphia Eagles | Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
If Attaochu was available here, I could see that fit, but the pass-rushing help beyond him sees a value drop-off at this slot and Philly instead adds some length and depth at corner with the intriguing small-college star.
Kiper has Attaochu going two picks before the Eagles to the Cardinals at No. 52. The Eagles end up with 6-1, 198 lb corner Pierre Desir. Desir is fairly athletic and actually finished with the best broad jump numbers at this year's NFL combine. He seems to fit the mold of what the Eagles like in their cornerbacks.
Here's a recap of all the mock that Mel Kiper has released this offseason. As you can see, Kiper's Benjamin pick this time around is the same pick he made in his original mock.
|Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Drafts||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
||WR Kelvin Benjamin||n/a||n/a|
||WR Odell Beckham Jr.||n/a||n/a|
||S Calvin Pryor||n/a||n/a|
|"Grade A" [Link]
||WR Marqise Lee||OLB Jermiah Attaochu||CB Aaron Colvin|
|4.0||WR Kelvin Benjamin||CB Pierre Desir||n/a|
Here's a table of all the first round picks for Version 4.0. To read Kiper's explanation for each selection, you need to have ESPN In$ider.
|1||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans, WR, Texams A&M|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Blake Bortles, QB, UCF|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Jake Matthews, OT, Texams A&M|
|10||Detroit Lions||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State|
|12||New York Giants||Eric Ebron, TE, UNC|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State|
|14||Chicago Bears||Aarond Donald, DT, Pittsburgh|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville|
|18||New York Jets||Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.|
|19||Miami Dolphins||C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Marqise Lee, WR, USC|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia|
|29||New England Patriots||Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt|
|31||Denver Broncos||Jason Verrett, CB, TCU|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame|