Round 1, Pick 22- TRADE
Houston Texans trade: 33rd overall pick, 101st overall pick, 177th overall pick, 181st overall pick
Eagles trade: 22nd overall pick
(Projected using drafttek)
I'm seeing a situation develop that could benefit the Eagles greatly. Three teams with picks in the top five, the Browns, Raiders, and Texans, are all looking like they will pass on the three QBs at the top of the draft. They would instead address their QB need with their late 1st and early 2nd round picks. Cleveland is up first at 26, Texans are second at 33, and Raiders are 3rd at 36 (Cleveland also has the 35th pick). The Eagles own the 22nd pick and are a viable option to trade with to jump ahead of Cleveland so the Raiders or Texans can get to Derek Carr. Raiders lack the necessary picks to trade in this draft, so the Texans look like a viable option to trade with. They have plenty of draft picks and need a starting QB, and it doesn't look like they'll be able to pass on Clowney at 1.
The only way I can see the Eagles turning down this trade is if Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Haha Clinton-Dix, or maybe Calvin Pryor falls to them at 22, but it doesn't look like that's happening as of right now. (obviously Barr, Mack, Watkins, and other players of that caliber will be long gone)
So after the trade, the Eagles would have the following picks:
(2) 33rd overall pick
(2) 54th overall pick
(3) 86th overall pick
(4) 101st overall pick
(4) 122nd overall pick
(5) 162nd overall pick
(6) 177th overall pick
(6) 181st overall pick
(7) 237th overall pick
So without further ado, lets mock.
Round 2, Pick 33- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt- Matthews is the SEC's all time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). This 6'3" 212 pounder would make an excellent number three receiver for the Eagles. He shows really good route running ability, and has sticky hands. He's an above average blocker for a receiver, and his value increases on running downs. He has the ability to play inside and outside, and has special team experience. In the end he's a productive possession receiver who won't wow you with speed, but will with his ability to move the chains. Overall sounds like Chip Kelly's kind of player.
Round 2, Pick 54- Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech- Attaochu has the ability to a very productive NFL starter. He's a nightmare for QBs, his specialty is pass rushing and making the QBs job harder. He's a natural edge rusher, but also has a fast inside move. Quick in pursuit and is one of the better OLBs in zone coverage. He has experience playing as a stand up linebacker, so we won't have to worry about him learning to play a new position. He needs to get stronger and develop a little bit more of a pass rush arsenal, but those are both things he can do in a year or two. immediate rotational player and most likely a future starter.
Round 3, Pick 86- Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State- Brooks has versatility, and we all know how much Chip Kelly and the rest of the coaching staff love that word. He's a hybrid safety with effective run stopping ability, and can play in the box well. He's also good in coverage, shows fluid movements and can transition smoothly. His tackling needs work but tackling is something our defensive coaching staff emphasizes heavily. Would be very interesting to see who would win the position battle between Brooks and Earl Wolff. Also can play special teams.
Round 4, Pick 101- Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State- I always get criticized for this pick, but Telvin Smith can potentially be DeMeco Ryans replacement. He's 6'3" and 218 pounds. He did great at the combine and showed off his speed and ability to move fluidly. He's an excellent cover linebacker, and that along with his speed gives him the ability to match up with TEs and RBs and also spy running QBs. Even though he's 218 he can bulk up, there's is no need to switch him to safety, he's an excellent run stopper and is one of the sleepers in this years draft. Telvin Smith and Mycheal Kendricks together in a few years could be a dynamic tandem of ILBs, in my opinion he's deffinatley worth a 4th round pick.
Round 4, Pick 122- Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama- Steen is a great scheme fit for the Eagles. Like a lot of our lineman, he's a weight room warrior. He benches 500 lbs and it shows in his punch when he hits a defender on the field. He's already played in a zone blocking scheme and has a knack for it. Even though he is 6'3", 314 lbs, he is still agile enough to get to the second level and wall off LBs and safeties. A potential replacement for Evan Mathis (32) or Todd Herremans (31).
Round 5, Pick 162- Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida- A good sized corner, a fluid mover, and an alert zone player. Has the ability and versatility to line up as a safety, corner, and nickel defender. Has the physicality and tackling ability to play the run and a kid I could see Billy Davis having a lot of fun with.
Round 6, Pick 177- Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor- Reese is a freakish athlete. He boasts incredible jumping ability and explosiveness. He's quicker that fast but still pretty fast. He can stretch the field and has terrific body control to snag balls out of the air. Yards after catch expert. Can be out muscled and jammed at the line, blocking needs work. Chip Kelly's weight training and nutrition plan will do a lot for him. Needs to be coached up but has a lot of potential in eagles spread offense.
Round 6, Pick 181- Zachariah Kerr, NT, Delaware- A 6'1", 326 pound NT, Kerr can provide so much needed depth on the defensive front. An expert collapsing the pocket, Kerr can walk blocker back to the QB. Regularly splits double teams and has a surprising number of pass rush moves for a late round NT. Wears down later in games, needs conditioning (which Chip provides).
Round 7, Pick 237- Cario Santos, K, Tulane- A kicker has shown to be very accurate and clutch when the game is on the line. Won't wow you with leg strength but can hit from beyond 50 and should provide Alex Henery with some decent competition.