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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles Improve on Defense

BGN's Mike Kaye and Josh Collacchi break down a three round mock draft.

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With the Combine and some Pro Days in the can, BGN draft writers Mike Kaye and Josh Collachi took a stab at another mock draft (because why not?). Kaye covered the NFC in this exercise while Collachi manned the AFC teams. With the way this mock draft fell, the Eagles were able to shore up their defense in the first three rounds with two promising defensive backs and mismatch waiting to happen at the linebacker position.

The Eagles pick 22nd, 54th and 86th in the first two days of May's NFL Draft. Check out what returns those picks brought the team in BGN's latest mock draft:


Team Selection School Analyst Comment
1 Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina Josh The Texans have a need at quarterback, but cannot pass up on the best player we have seen in a long time. Watt and Clowney together will be a force.
2 St. Louis (from Washington) OT Greg Robinson Auburn Mike The Rams signed Jake Long last offseason, but his age and durablity are serious concerns. He may be better fit for right tackle anyway and Robinson has as much potential as anyone in this draft.
3 Jacksonville QB Teddy Bridgewater Louisville Josh The Jaguars finally get their franchise quarterback. Bridgewater is the best QB in the draft, and Cecil Shorts becomes the happiest man in the state of Florida.
4 Cleveland WR Sammy Watkins Clemson Josh The Browns need a quarterback, but feel they can get one later in the first. With a Josh Gordon/Sammy Watkins duo, who is going to stop them?
5 Oakland OLB Khalil Mack Buffalo Josh Khalil Mack will be an instant starter for the Raiders, and the best defensive player in the draft other than Clowney.
6 Atlanta OT Jake Matthews Texas A&M Mike After a season of rough offensive line player, the Falcons protect their franchise QB. Matthews is a serious technician and that is as NFL-ready as he comes.
7 Tampa Bay TE Eric Ebron North Carolina Mike The Buccaneers have talent at wide receiver but need to give Mike Glennon or whoever starts at QB for them a safety net. Ebron is a ridiculous athlete with size and solid hands.
8 Minnesota CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan State Mike Dennard is a talented and tough cornerback that fits the mold of a Mike Zimmer defense. Zimmer is known for his work with the secondary and could look to build a new one in Minnesota.
9 Buffalo LB C.J. Mosley Alabama Josh Despite Alonso, the Bills take C.J. Mosley here. Ebron would have been the pick, but the best player for the Bills is the former Alabama linebacker. He can play inside and out, and be an instant impact for the Bills.
10 Detroit WR Mike Evans Texas A&M Mike The Lions are likely looking for an option outside of Calvin Johnson and Evans' ability to seperate and use his massive frame will make them a scary tandem. Matt Stafford likes throwing the ball up, so now he will have two guys to go get it.
11 Tennessee DE Dee Ford Auburn Josh The Titans shore up their defensive line with the best pure pass rusher outside of Clowney. With Derrick Morgan and Ford, along with two very good defensive tackles the Titans are poised to improve.
12 New York Giants OT Taylor Lewan Michigan Mike The Giants will likely retool their entire offensive line this offseason and grabbing Lewan as a bookend to Justin Pugh would help protection in a big way. Lewan is a large athlete that can protect the blindside for the rest of Eli Manning's career and longer.
13 St. Louis DT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Mike The Rams have a ridiculous front already but could complete it with Donald, who is a fantastic interior pass rusher. He and Michael Brockers make for a scary tandem.
14 Chicago S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama Mike The Bears had one of the worst safety units in the league last season and it is vital to their success to upgrade their secondary. Clinton-Dix comes with a winning pedigree and is the type of hard-hitter that Bears fans will appreciate.
15 Pittsburgh CB Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State Josh With Ike Taylor getting older and possibly not on the roster next year, the Steelers need to address the cornerback position. Gilbert is a tremendous athlete with the potential to be a good corner in this league.
16 Dallas LB Anthony Barr UCLA Mike The Tampa 2 requires speed and versatility out of its linebackers. Barr is a jack-of-all-trades with the ability to rush, cover and stop the run.
17 Baltimore WR Odell Beckham Jr. LSU Josh The Ravens need another weapon for Joe Flacco, and Beckham does everything well at the wide receiver position. Pairing him with Torrey Smith could be a dynamic duo for the Ravens
18 New York Jets QB Blake Bortles UCF Josh Despite picking Geno Smith last year, the Jets see an opportunity to add a franchise QB. Radio City may boo, but Bortles is a better player than Geno Smith.
19 Miami OL Zach Martin Notre Dame Josh Everyone knows the Dolphins need help along the offensive line, and Martin is the best lineman available.
20 Arizona QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Mike The Cardinals wanted an offensive lineman here but with Martin gone, they go BPA and select a future QB that can learn behind Carson Palmer for a year. Manziel has generated differing opinions across the country but at this spot, it would be hard to fault Arizona here.
21 Green Bay DE Kony Ealy Missouri Mike The Packers have lacked pass rushing talent outside of Clay Matthews for too long. Ealy can rush as a 5-techinque or as an outside linebacker for Dom Capers.
22 Philadelphia CB/S Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech Mike Kyle Fuller is a solid tweener who could stand a year of learning behind Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. He could also be a depth safety and special teams player in his first year. Eagles will love his versatility and size.
23 Kansas City WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt Josh Kansas City needs a wide receiver almost as much as anyone. The thing is, will Andy draft one?
24 Cincinnati CB Jason Verrett TCU Josh Despite Verrett's size and injury concerns, he is incredible one-on-one with almost any receiver. The Bengals add a good player to their secondary.
25 San Diego CB Bradley Roby Ohio State Josh The Chargers need some big-time help in the secondary, and Bradley Roby has the potential to be a shut-down corner. He struggled at times this year, but it almost seemed that he was playing for it all on every single snap.
26 Cleveland (from Indianapolis) QB Derek Carr Fresno State Josh The Browns get a steal this late in the first round. Derek Carr can make every single throw and is a natural born leader. Not to mention, he has a chance to throw to Josh Gordon, Sammy Watkins and Jordan Cameron in Cleveland.
27 New Orleans WR Marqise Lee USC Mike The Saints will likely get rid of Lance Moore this offseason and need a guy that can stretch the field. Lee can do that and then some, as a moving a chess piece.
28 Carolina S Calvin Pryor Louisville Mike The Panthers are likely to lose Mike Mitchell and Quintin Mikell in free agency, so they need a new starter at safety. Pryor is an athletic freak with a high ceiling that will make Carolina even scarier on defense.
29 New England DL Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota Josh Hageman can play anywhere on the defensive line, and is the most athletic 6'6 310 player we have seen since Calais Campbell. Hoodie will use him everywhere.
30 San Francisco NT Louis Nix Notre Dame Mike Nix is the nose tackle that the 49ers need to anchor their defense, as the position was a revolving door last season. The 49ers have shown the willingness to take on injury risk players and Nix is as talented as it gets when healthy.
31 Denver WR Kelvin Benjamin Florida State Josh With Eric Decker leaving, the Broncos are actually in the market for a wide receiver. Imagine the things Peyton can do with a 6'6 240 pound mammoth.
32 Seattle WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State Mike The Seahawks are likely to lose Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin to free agency and need to upgrade the wide receiver position regardless. Having both Cooks and Percy Harvin on the roster, will make Seattle a mismatch nightmare on offense as well.
Round 2
33 Houston S Lamarcus Joyner Florida State Josh After adding Clowney in the first, the Texans add a versatile football player in Lamarcus Joyner.
34 Washington TE Jace Amaro Texas A&M Mike Jay Gruden is a fan of two-tight end sets and with Jordan Reed already on the roster, the Redskins select Amaro to give Robert Griffin all the help he can get across the middle.
35 Cleveland OG Cyril Richardson Baylor Josh After adding the best playmaker and a quarterback, the Browns shore up their offensive line.
36 Oakland OT Morgan Moses Virginia Josh The Raiders could not pass on Mack in the first, yet still get a starting offensive lineman in the second.
37 Atlanta DE Scott Crichton Oregon State Mike Crichton is an absolute monster at 4-3 defensive end and is an important pick for Atlanta, as the team tries to get younger and more talented in the trenches.
38 Tampa Bay LB Ryan Shazier Ohio State Mike Shazier is an athletic linebacker that will serve as the new Lance Briggs in Lovie Smith's new defense.
39 Jacksonville DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech Josh Attaochu played both DE and OLB in college, and will be a great tool for Gus Bradley to use.
40 Minnesota OG David Yankey Stanford Mike Yankey will upgrade and cure the Vikings lose of Charlie Johnson in free agency and will help the run game continue to thrive.
41 Buffalo TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame Josh Niklas may be the best blocking tight end in this class, but he can also catch the ball well with his massive 6'6 270 lb frame.
42 Tennessee S Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois Josh Ward has some of the best range in this class, and the Titans need someone who can let Pollard do Pollard things in the box.
43 New York Giants DT Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame Mike Tuitt is an upgrade in both talent and youth from the likes of Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins.
44 St. Louis Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA Mike The Rams could use help on the interior offensive line as well and Su'a-Filo is a steal at this point in the draft.
45 Detroit CB Marcus Roberson Florida Mike The Lions are expected to upgrade their secondary this offseason and Roberson can play anywhere from corner to nickel to dime.
46 Pittsburgh WR Allen Robinson Penn State Josh The Steelers finally add a receiver who can catch the ball in the air with Robinson at 6'3.
47 Dallas RB Tre Mason Auburn Mike At some point, the Cowboys need to be able to trust the running back position without depending on DeMarco Murray.
48 Baltimore OL Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama Josh Assuming his medical concerns check out well, the Ravens take a player who can play guard as well.
49 New York Jets WR Davante Adams Fresno State Josh New quarterback Blake Bortles has himself a favorite target in Adams.
50 Miami OL Billy Turner North Dakota State Josh Turner possesses the best punch in the class, but wants to play guard at the next level.
51 Chicago LB Carl Bradford Arizona State Mike Bradford has solid talent and can play SAM linebacker in Chicago's 4-3 defense.
52 Arizona OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee Mike Richardson would be an upgrade at right tackle for the Cardinals and could eventually be put on the blindside.
53 Green Bay LB Jordan Zumwalt UCLA Mike Zumwalt is a play-maker with the right temperment to play linebacker for the Dom Capers' 3-4 defense and would allow the Packers to finally rid themselves of A.J. Hawk.
54 Philadelphia LB Kyle Van Noy BYU Mike A "do it all" linebacker that can serve as a situational pass rusher as a rookie and eventually could move into the inside when the Eagles get rid of DeMeco Ryans.
55 Cincinnati DE Trent Murphy Stanford Josh With Michael Johnson possibly leaving, the Bengals need someone to replace him. Murphy is good enough to rush the passer and stop the run.
56 San Francisco (from Kansas City) RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State Mike The 49ers seem to take a running back every draft and they can't rely on Frank Gore forever, while Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James are question marks and Kendall Hunter is a permanent change-of-pace back.
57 San Diego OG Trai Turner LSU Josh The Chargers need help along the interior offensive line, and Turner is just that.
58 New Orleans QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Mike Drew Brees is entering the twighlight of his career and the Saints need a backup they can develop, so Garoppolo could be their guy.
59 Indianapolis OG Gabe Jackson Mississippi State Josh Andrew Luck always seems to be running for his life, and Gabe Jackson can help that stop.
60 Carolina WR Dante Moncrief Mississippi Mike With rumors of Steve Smith leaving town, the Panthers may need two reliable starters at wide receiver.
61 New England TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington Josh ASJ is the best red zone threat at the tight end position in this class, and he will be great in New England.
62 San Francisco DT/DE Timmy Jernigan FSU Mike Jerigan is a talented steal right here and could eventually take over for Justin Smith.
63 Denver CB Pierre Desir Lindenwood Josh Desir is a small-school star, but proved he can play with the best at the Senior Bowl.
64 Seattle LB Telvin Smith FSU Mike Whether he wants to play safety or linebacker, Pete Carroll will turn Smith into a star in his defense.
Round 3
65 Houston OLB Aaron Lynch USF Josh
66 Washington LB Chris Borland Wisconsin Mike
67 Oakland WR Martavis Bryant Clemson Josh
68 Atlanta RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona Mike
69 New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) CB E.J. Gaines Missouri Josh
70 Jacksonville OT Seantrel Henderson Miami Josh
71 Cleveland RB Charles Sims West Virginia Josh
72 Minnesota QB A.J. McCarron Alabama Mike
73 Buffalo OT Jack Mewhort Ohio State Josh
74 New York Giants CB Jaylen Watkins Florida Mike
75 St. Louis S Terrence Brooks FSU Mike
76 Detroit C Marcus Martin USC Mike
77 San Francisco (from Tennessee) ILB Yawin Smallwood UConn Mike
78 Dallas DE Jackson Jeffcoat Texas Mike
79 Baltimore C Weston Richburg Colorado State Josh
80 New York Jets CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska Josh
81 Miami RB Bishop Sankey Washington Josh
82 Chicago TE C.J Fiedorowicz Iowa Mike
83 Cleveland (from Pittsburgh) ILB Shayne Skov Stanford Josh
84 Arizona LB Marcus Smith Louisville Mike
85 Green Bay C Travis Swanson Arkansas Mike
86 Philadelphia S Deone Bucannon Washington State Mike
87 Kansas City LB Christian Jones Florida State Josh
88 Cincinnati QB David Fales SJSU Josh
89 San Diego DE/LB Demarcus Lawrence Boise State Josh
90 Indianapolis WR Kevin Norwood Alabama Josh
91 New Orleans DT Will Sutton Arizona State Mike
92 Carolina DE James Gayle Virginia Tech Mike
93 New England WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers Josh
94 San Francisco OT JaWuan James Tennessee Mike
95 Denver S Terrence Brooks Florida State Josh
96 Minnesota (from Seattle) CB Keith McGill Utah Mike

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