One of our favorite draft analysts, Tony Pauline, released his latest mock draft for USA Today this morning. He's got a new name for the Eagles and has the board setting up relatively well for their second rounder.
With the #4 overall pick he has the Birds taking Oregon OLB/DE Dion Jordan.
"Jordan is a natural fit for the 3-4 defense and a good fit for Chip Kelly, his former college coach," wrote Pauline.
Certainly Jordan has been climbing up draft boards in recent weeks and his strong combine performance did nothing to stop that rise.
"Dion's just a special guy in my heart," said Chip Kelly. "I had an opportunity to be with him for five years. He came into Oregon as a receiver, moved to tight end, we switched him over to defense the beginning of his sophomore year. He just had a huge impact, not only on the field but off the field."
While Jordan would likely be seen as a solid pick with the first, what about the Eagles second? Presumably that's an area where they could begin to address some of the major holes in the secondary. In Pauline's mock, you'll see that he has guys like Matt Elam an Desmond Trufant going off the board in the late first. That does thin out the pack a bit, but it still leaves guys like CBs Xavier Rhodes and Johnthan Banks as well as safeties Johnathan Cyprien & Eric Reid on the board at the top of the 2nd.
For the full analysis of each pick, click here.
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|5||Detroit Lions||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|9||NY Jets||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Johnathan Cooper, G, North Carolina|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Datone Jones, DE, UCLA|
|19||NY Giants||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma|
|20||Chicago Bears||Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama|
|22||St Louis Rams (from WAS)||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama|
|27||Houston Texans||Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU|
|28||Denver Broncos||Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington|
|29||New England Patriots||Matt Elam, S, Florida|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame|
|31||Baltimore Ravens||Sylvester Williams, NT, North Carolina|
|32||San Francisco 49ers||Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame|