As we've done for the past 7(ish) years, the NFL bloggers here at SB Nation have gotten together to do a mock draft. The setup is simple, each writer plays GM for his team and makes the pick. There are no trades. The draft goes two rounds deep.
The Eagles' first round pick was published a few weeks ago. I ended up taking Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller at No. 22 in order to boost a thin Eagles secondary. Some people may have expected me to take a wide receiver in the first, but I knew that there would still be desirable pass catchers available in the second round. It turns out my feeling was right.
At No. 54 overall, I selected Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams. My explanation below:
"The Philadelphia Eagles have shown a ton of interest in drafting a wide receiver this year, which obviously makes sense since they released DeSean Jackson. At least six pass-catching prospects have been brought to the team facility for an official visit. But the player the Eagles take at No. 54 in this mock is not one of those receivers. Instead, it's Davante Adams of Fresno State.
Adams makes sense for the Eagles due to his size and skill set. The Fresno State sophomore is tall enough at 6'2 but plays even bigger than his height due to his explosive leaping ability. Adams is a dangerous red-zone target who can high-point the ball. He also has the ability to get yards after the catch by making people miss in the open field. Adams recorded a total of 38 touchdowns in just two years of college. Chip Kelly wouldn't pass up on the opportunity to add yet another playmaker to an already lethal offense.
I came away happy with this pick. I was originally targeting outside linebacker Jeremiah Atttoachu but he went off the board a few picks ahead of mine. Then I narrowed it done to Adams or Cody Latimer, who is still on the board, and figured Adams is the more intriguing player for me despite the Eagles' supposed interest in Latimer.
The Eagles haven't shown a lot of interest in Adams during the pre-draft period but it's worth noting that the Fresno State WR once recorded 12 catches for 92 yards against Chip Kelly's 2012 Ducks. Adams, a 21-year-old redshirt sophomore, finished his two-year college career with 233 receptions for 3031 yards (13.0 average) and 38 TD. Spider graph:
Adams seems like a great companion for a quarterback like Nick Foles who loves to throw the ball up and let his wide receivers fight for possession. SB Nation's NFL draft analyst Dan Kadar weighed in on my pick and seemed to like it, so good for me. Here's what he had to say:
In the actual draft, it sure looks like the Eagles are targeting Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer. Adams would be a better choice because he is a better player. There is no better way to state it. He's more of a dynamic athlete and has just as good size and hands. What he doesn't have leading up to the draft, for some reason, is Latimer's buzz. But on Philadelphia's offense, Adams can come in and develop alongside Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin without needing to be a top guy immediately. That's the best case scenario for Adams.
So what do you think of my haul from this mock draft? Would you be happy if the Eagles both drafted Fuller and Adams?
Don't forget to check out the entire SB Nation NFL Writer's Mock Draft StoryStream for a full explanation and reaction to each pick.