SB Nation's Mocking the Draft released their latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft on Monday morning. This mock goes two rounds deep and features trades. Let's see who MTD has the Eagles taking this time around.
At pick No. 22, MTD has the Eagles taking... oh, what's that? It's a trade! The Jacksonville Jaguars are now on the clock and the pick is in: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. That's funny. BGN just recently held a poll asking what should the Eagles do if Bridgewater fell to No. 22. Here, they take advantage of a trade opportunity. It's also worth noting that wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee were still on the board.
So what did the Eagles get in return from the Jags? It looks like a three pick haul: No. 39, No. 75, and No. 115. That gives the Eagles a total of 8 picks in the draft as opposed to the 6 they entered with. It also gives the Eagles four picks in the top 86 (39, 54, 75, 86). As far as the draft pick value chart goes, No. 22 is worth 780 points. The sum of 39 (510), 75 (215), and 115 (64) adds up to 789. The value seems about right for both sides.
Now let's look at who the Eagles took in the second round. We'll start with pick No. 39.
39. Philadelphia Eagles - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
After releasing DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia could use another wide receiver. Matthews may not be the flashiest wide receiver, but he has very good hands and can high-point the ball.
Matthews offers a nice combination of size (6-3, 212 lbs) and production. He's the SEC all-time leader in receiving- yards with 3759. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly attending Vanderbilt's pro day in person and was photographed talking with Matthews. Take a look at that grin! Here's a link to the Matthews spider graph.
The second Eagles' second round pick goes towards the defense.
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
After wide receiver, cornerback is one of the top needs in Philadelphia. At this stage, most of the top cornerbacks are gone, but Lindenwood's Pierre Desir has the potential to be a starter on the outside. That would allow Brandon Boykin to stay at nickel cornerback for the Eagles.
Desir also happens to be Mel Kiper's latest second round pick for the Eagles. The small-college product is 6-1, 198 lbs. He finished with the best broad jump numbers at the 2014 NFL Combine.
How do you feel about this trade and these picks? Were there better options available? Should the Eagles have stayed put?