I tried out the first-pick.com site that was recommended on here...absolutely awesome. It forced me to learn more and more about players beyond the first few rounds so I'd like to share some of this new knowledge on different guys with y'all.
My first draft came out like this:
Round 2 Pick 1 (HOU): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (A-)
We should all know Fuller by now. He's a big corner at 6' 190 pounds. Fuller has been lauded for his instincts and anticipation. He's a character guy, team captain. Was a 21 year old senior. The dude is an absolute stud in press and can tackle. He's the right corner for our system and I would be more than happy with us selecting him at pick #22, let alone with the first pick of the second round after trading back with the Texans.
Round 2 Pick 26 (N.O.): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (B+)
I know must of us know Latimer. He's a big, muscular receiver who stands at 6'2 and weighs 215 pounds. He can break the jam and has a solid catch radius that is complemented by his soft hands. He also blocks like a man --something Chip loves. Latimer wasn't a very big name until he put up some sexy 40 times and verticals at the combine and his pro day. Many people don't think he will make it this far; I, however, think this is around where he will go. He doesn't play like the athletic freak he tests as and he does play a bit stiff.
Round 3 Pick 1 (HOU): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
This is a weak safety class. Just ask Howie. However, Bucannon at Round 3 Pick 1 is a steal. Many scouts have compared Bucannon to Dashon Goldson, a guy who many of us wanted to get in free agency recently. Bucannon has good size and tested well. He was a three-time captain and hits with his big boy pants on. He definitely needs some time to develop some better coverage skills but I love this pick at any point in the third round or later. I'm more than okay with the safeties we have now. We can all afford to wait on Bucannon to develop and let Jenkins and Allen/Wolff do work in the meantime.
Round 3 Pick 22: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa (A-)
Kirksey is a bit of a project but that's okay considering we have some older linebackers who can still play. We can afford to take Kirksey and let him develop. The guy his incredibly athletic. He posted a sub 4.6 40 time and a 36 inch vertical. He needs to put on some size and learn some more technique. Learning from McGovern should do wonders and I'm sure our Sports Science geniuses and concoct a weight gainer shake and help him put on some some LBs like they did with Vinny Curry. Kirksey is another high-character guy.
Round 4 Pick 1 (HOU): Keith McGill, CB, Utah (B-)
McGill is a BIG corner. In the fourth round, this pick is absolutely awesome. McGill stands at 6'3 and weighs 211 pounds. He posted a 39 inch vertical and a 10 ft. 9 inch broad jump. This guy can absolutely ball out if we coach him up. His arms are freaky long at 33 1/4 inches and he can really press well. I like McGill as a project and think he could learn a lot from Cary Williams this year. McGill isn't the greatest character guy but he isn't a cancer. I think he's well worth the risk at this point in the draft.
Round 4 Pick 22: Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (A)
Freeman should not be available at this point in the draft. However, things happen and people fall. Turns out, Freeman is the guy that falls in this mock. NFL.com had this to say about him: "Tough and runs hard. Catches outside his frame and can make the difficult catch. Strong and nifty after the catch. Reliable in pass protection. Terrific competitor. Extremely durable and never missed a game. Works at his craft and is a student of the game." Tell me that isn't a Chip player...you can't.
Round 4 Pick 26 (N.O.): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)
I like McCarron's ability as a game manager. He knows when and where to put the ball. That's an asset. That's a quality backup if I've ever heard of one. I love love love Mark Sanchez. I honestly think Sanchez could start and take us to a Super Bowl. That's not the point though. McCarron in the late 4th is a solid selection for our Birds. I would love to have him as a number 3 quarterback on our squad.
Round 5 Pick 27 (N.O.): Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (B)
Carrethers is short (6'1) but is a big boy at 337 pounds. Besides his height, he does have a lot of characteristics that echo what the Eagles are looking for from their interior defensive linemen, including: Big and thick with outstanding weight-room strength -- squats a small house and maintains low body fat. Has sheer mass and natural girth to dig in and hold his ground vs. double teams. Has a wrestling background and understands leverage. Has two-gap ability. Heavy tackler. Nice effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Solid personal and football character -- is devoted to his craft and has a professional approach to the game." Carrethers in the 5th is a solid depth pick. I think he offers some solid help at the nose as well as short yardage potential at the 3 tech.
Round 6 Pick 26 (N.O.): Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (A-)
Round 7 Pick 22: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (C)
These last two picks go hand in hand. I couldn't help but give Chip some new (also old) toys to play with. Archer is an absolute speed demon. If you haven't seen his highlight tape from Kent State...do it ...it's a must. He only stands at 5'8 and 173 pounds but he ran an official 4.26 40 and had a 38 inch vertical. He has soft hands and can return kicks like Desean at the very least. You all probably know DAT because ESPN loved him for a while. Both of these guys can make plays. However, only one of them would make the team (these picks wouldn't happen I just had to do it).
In my next draft I selected:
Round 1 Pick 22: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (A-)
That's right my friends I selected Louis Nix. Nix is very well known from his National Championship year where he played like an absolute stud at Notre Dame. After that loss, things went downhill for Nix as he dealt with various injuries. While those injuries hampered his last year, he decided to forgo his last year of eligibility to enter the draft in order to support his thirteen siblings. Once Nix heals he will prove to be an absolute stud at nose for the Eagles and make plays on the regular. A great nose is essential for a 3-4 defense and Nix is our guy. I would be very happy with this pick at 22.
Round 3 Pick 8 (MINN): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
(see explanation above)
Round 3 Pick 22: Keith McGill, CB, Utah (B+)
(see explanation above)
Round 3 Pick 32 (MINN): Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State (A)
Here's another guy everyone might not be aware of. Lawrence has the potential to be a great rush OLB in a 3-4 system. He stands at 6'3 and weighs 251 pounds. Lawrence didn't have the greatest 40 time at 4.8 seconds but he does move very fluidly and is very flexible. What I'm trying to say is that he's an athlete. He had 34 TFL and 20 sacks from 2012-2013 at Boise State and plays like a man out there. I love this guy and would be ecstatic if he was around and we snagged him at the end of the third round.
Round 4 Pick 14 (JAX): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (A)
Bryant is one of the bagillion good wide receivers in this draft. Someone has to fall and in this draft Bryant was the guy. Bryant stands at 6'4 and 211 pounds. He doesn't have the greatest hands in the world but he does use his length to his advantage making him a great red-zone target. He ran a 4.42 40 and had a 39 inch vertical. His routes aren't that great so he will need to work on them as well as his hands. I like this guys potential as he drops his hips well, can run, and jump like an NBA player. At this point in the draft, it is more than okay to pick a guy who needs time to develop. For a 6'4 guy with a 39 inch vertical, I'm more than willing to wait.
Round 7 Pick 22: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson (B-)
Lastly, I went with an offensive lineman. Thomas is a great player. He played left tackle for Clemson but is best suited to play inside in the pros. he has good size, punches hard and well, and is quick. He was going to go much earlier in the draft but tore his ACL while working out for the Saints in April. I like this guy a lot. He was a team captain and a stud. I think he will take the injury in stride, especially considering he has torn an ACL before (senior year of high school). I wish him the best and hope he lands in Philly because he will be more than able to take Herremans spot by the time he is ready to play.
In my next draft I went with:
Round 1 Pick 22: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU (A)
Beckham is a great receiver. I think he is undoubtedly the third best receiver in this draft behind Watkins and Evans. If he makes it to pick 22 I think we definitely grab him. Beckham has GREAT hands. I mean great great great hands and he's tough. He is a bit small but he moves well and is a player.
Round 2 Pick 24 (S.F.): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn (A)
Dee Ford at this point in the draft is a steal. I think it's possible he falls because of his size but he is an absolute stud. Anybody that knows a lick about football should know that this is an absolutely positively great pick for the Birds. Ford would immediately compete with Trent Cole for the 3-4 Rush spot.
Round 3 Pick 30 (S.F.): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (A)
2nd receiver taken...why? Because Latimer should not be available this late. If he falls someone has to be smart enough to swoop in. Chip steps up.
(See explanation above)
Round 4 Pick 5 (JAX): Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State (A-)
I think there's a real possibility we end up drafting this guy. Reynolds played against Chip a bunch of times when he was at Oregon. He only stands at 5'10 so he isn't an ideal corner for the system. However, he has decently long arms to make up for his short stature and has great instincts. Reynolds was a captain at Oregon State who is a good tackler and has outstanding intangibles. We should all get off of our couches and give Roseman a round of applause if we snag Reynolds in the fourth.
Round 4 Pick 22: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton (B+)
Reid was a team captain at Princeton...yea where the smart people go. Reid plays hard. He never takes plays off. He also makes plays. Reid had 20.5 career sacks and blocked 7 kicks. He is very young (entered as a 17 year old freshman). I like Reid a lot as a prospect who could make an immediate impact as our nose on passing downs.
Round 5 Pick 4 (JAX): Isaiah Lewis, SS, Michigan State (A)
Lewis has a great motor and an even better brain. He is very football savvy and made the calls for Michigan State's defensive backs. He was a three year starter at Michigan State who defends the run well. While Lewis will need more work to make up for his average athleticism (4.6 40 but did have an impressive 36.5 inch vertical), he does have "the temperament for a coach to fall in love with him" according to NFL.com. Chip would be glad to have him.
Round 5 Pick 22: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern (B+)
Here's a nice toy for Chip to play with. McKinnon is a freak athlete to say the least. He played quarterback, running back, and defensive back at Georgia Southern. I think Chip utilizes him as a weapon. I don't think he will play just one position. McKinnon ran a 4.41 40 yard dash, put up 32 reps on the bench press, had a 40.5 inch vertical, had a 132 inch broad jump, ran a 6.83 3-cone drill, and ran a 4.12 20 yard shuttle. All of those numbers were good for the best at the combine at the RB position.
Round 6 Pick 4 (CLE): Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky (B-)
Williamson is an okay athlete with a great football brain. He looks like a career back up, but someone that every team would be glad to have. NFL.com had this to say about him: "Good size. Plays with a good, wide base. Very productive tackler. Outstanding personal and football character -- works hard, is accountable and commands respect. Smart, understands the game and can make all the calls and on-field adjustments"
Round 7 Pick 3 (CLE): Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (B-)
I'm sure we all know Tajh Boyd. Boyd almost won the Heisman this year at Clemson and is a great football player. Boyd doesn't have great vision and doesn't have the size of a typical professional quarterback. However, he is a very good athlete and has some potential. I like Boyd in the seventh round. He can most certainly be a great backup quarterback in the NFL. I think he would make the team over Barkley.
Round 7 Pick 22: Christian Bryant, FS, Ohio State (B+)
Bryant suffered a very bad leg injury this year. That is the only reason why he has fallen to this point. I think the Eagles would be willing to take a gamble on him in Round 7. Urban Meyer loves this kid. At the podium after the game where Bryant got hurt Meyer slammed the podium in frustration...not because he was a great player but because he was a great leader. Meyer has been quoted saying: "That darn kid has done so much for our program, has come so far, incredible leadership skills. I love that guy. Doggone it. It's a hard part of the game, boy." I like the upside of this pick.
Next draft this is what we got...
Round 1 Pick 22: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama (B+)
Mosley is a baller. If he falls to 22 we have to consider him. ILB isn't a dire need but I think we could definitely make it work if we selected him.
Round 2 Pick 22: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (B+)
Attaochu in the second makes things a bit difficult. At this point we would have to make a trade and at the very least do something to get Cole out of here. Attaochu is a great value pick at this point in the draft so I could see it happening. He has been a popular pick in mock drafts to go the Birds in round 2.
Round 3 Pick 22: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (A)
(see explanation above)
Round 4 Pick 22: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (A-)
Exum stands at 6' and weighs 213 pounds. He has ideal size for our system and is the kind of corner we need. Exum is a very fluid athlete who presses well. He does need some help with his technique but who doesn't need some sort of improvement when being drafted in the 4th round. Exum in the fourth is great value. He could step in and start if either of our top two corners went down. This would allow Boykin to stay in the slot where he is most valuable to our team.
Round 5 Pick 22: Nat Berhe, SS, San Diego State (A)
Berhe was a captain for San Diego State. Berhe needs to put on more size as he only weighs 193 pounds, however, he has tons of experience and was a four year starter. The dude loves football and will do whatever it takes to master his craft. Has great intelligence and has shown an uncanny ability to bait quarterbacks, including David Carr. Berhe could become a starter, however to reach that full potential and stick on the team he will need to learn how to contribute on special teams.
Round 7 Pick 22: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (B)
My last draft came out a bit weird and a lot of good players fell. Again, players fall every draft so let's see what happened in this last one:
Round 1 Pick 22: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (A)
Gilbert has great size for the cornerback position. He stands at 6' and weighs a tad over 200 lbs. He has long arms as well. Gilbert ran a 4.37 40 yard dash and takes interceptions to the house quite often. I think Gilbert is the best corner in the draft (Dennard in a close second).
Round 2 Pick 22: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn (A)
(see explanation above)
Round 3 Pick 22: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State (A)
Benjamin in the middle of the third round is a bit silly. You would think that someone would be willing to grab the guy by this point in the draft...but he fell. Benjamin could turn into the next Malcolm Kelly..ew. However, he could be an absolute man beast that this league hasn't seen in many years. We all know Carmichael would love to coach this kid. I would be happy with taking Benjamin any time after the first round.
Round 4 Pick 22: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (A-)
I like this guy a lot. Jones has an immense amount of potential and is more than willing to continue to work on his craft. This guy loves football and I can't see him not becoming a stud. Jones can cover tight ends and defend the run. I like him as a three down linebacker and think it is only a matter of time before he would be starting for the Eagles. If this draft were to happen, I honestly think he would compete and take time away from Dee Ford at the rush LB spot. At the very least, he would most certainly be on the field in passing situations.
Round 5 Pick 22: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)
(see explanation above)
Round 7 Pick 22: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State (A-)
Barnett won Newcomer of the Year in the Big 12 in 2012 and flashed some tremendous potential. He didn't reach all of it last year and only had an okay season. I think this is a guy the Eagles would be willing to take a flyer on in Round 7 and see what they could mold him into. Barnett could be a starter one day down the road.