Unlike many mock drafters, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock only releases one mock draft every year. It usually takes place the night before the draft starts. This year, Mayock has the Eagles taking a defensive back: Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Coincidentally, it was reported today that Clinton-Dix has expressed interest in playing for the Eagles. More specifically he said "Come get me!" That itself doesn't mean much, but it's fun to note.
Mayock previously had the Eagles taking Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller in an unreleased mock he discussed in a conference call with reporters last week. Mayock has maintained all along that the Eagles should focus on defense at pick No. 22.
Once again, I'm still not sure that Clinton-Dix makes it to the Eagles' pick. He's expected to be one of the top safeties off the board. I'm also not convinced the Eagles are looking to go safety in the first round. It's worth noting Mayock likes to focus on best player available rather than need, however.
What do you think of the pick?
Here's the rest of Mayock's first round draft. Notice Johnny Manziel to the Cowboys!
|1||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame|
|10||Detroit Lions||Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida|
|12||New York Giants||Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU|
|14||Chicago Bears||Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama|
|18||New York Jets||Brandin Cooks, WR, Oklahoma St.|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Marqise Lee, WR, USC|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU|
|28||Oakland Raiders (trade)
||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.|
|29||New England Patriots||Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame|
|31||Denver Broncos||Jason Verrett, CB, TCU|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska|