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Mel Kiper 2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0: Eagles Pick Up Calvin Pryor

Check out our 2014 Eagles mock draft central for more opinions on who could be the #22 pick in May.

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While most of the NFL world is focused on the free agency activity currently taking place, Mel Kiper Jr. was busy working on a new mock draft. This is Kiper's 3.0 version of his mock. Last week, fellow ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay weighed in on who he had the Eagles taking. Kiper didn't agree with McShay's pick, but still had the Eagles taking a defensive back.

Calvin Pryor
COLLEGE: Louisville Class: Jr
HT: 5-11
WT: 207

Analysis: The Eagles made a move in free agency and added Malcolm Jenkins from the Saints. In terms of starter-worthy talent at the position, I'll say that means one down and one to go. Pryor is the obvious solution here, a player who can hold his own in coverage but will come downhill against the run and be effective in the box. The Eagles are going to score points. They could use another option at wide receiver, but it's a deep draft there, and I think the focus will be on defense early.

Here's Pryor spider graph thanks to Mockdraftable:

Pryor is hardly an uncommon target for the Eagles in mock drafts. The Eagles arguably still need another starting safety. There are currently four safeties on the roster: Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Chris Maragos, and Keelan Johnson. Jenkins was signed to be a starter. Wolff is a rookie who showed potential but needs to compete to earn a job. Chris Maragos is depth and a special teams ace. Johnson is a bit of a longshot but has the potential to earn a roster spot with a good showing in training camp and preseason.

But is Pryor the best value pick here? You be the judge. Here's a table of all the picks. To read his explanation for each selection, you need to have ESPN In$ider.

Pick Team Player
1 Houston Texans Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
2 St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
4 Cleveland Browns Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
5 Oakland Raiders Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews, OT, Texams A&M
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
8 Minnesota Vikings Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
9 Buffalo Bills Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
10 Detroit Lions Mike Evans, WR, Texams A&M
11 Tennessee Titans Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
12 New York Giants Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
13 St. Louis Rams Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
14 Chicago Bears Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
16 Dallas Cowboys Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
17 Baltimore Ravens Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
18 New York Jets Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
19 Miami Dolphins Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20 Arizona Cardinals Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
21 Green Bay Packers C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
22 Philadelphia Eagles Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marqise Lee, WR, USC
24 Cincinnati Bengals Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
25 San Diego Chargers Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
26 Cleveland Browns Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
27 New Orleans Saints Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
28 Carolina Panthers Cyrus Kouandijio, OT, Alabama
29 New England Patriots Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30 San Francisco 49ers Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
31 Denver Broncos Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
32 Seattle Seahawks Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

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