As we've done for the past eight(ish) years, the NFL bloggers here at SB Nation have gotten together to do a mock draft. The setup is simple, each writer plays GM for his team and makes the pick. There are no trades. The draft goes two rounds deep. Last year was my first year doing this and I ended up with Kyle Fuller and Davante Adams. Not a bad haul, in my (biased) opinion.
The Eagles' first round pick for this year at No. 20 is now posted. As you can see, I chose Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Jake Fisher. My explanation:
"Marcus Mariota may be off the board, but luckily for Chip Kelly he can still draft an Oregon player at No. 20. Duck Bias aside, Fisher is a pick that makes a lot of sense for Philadelphia. The Eagles could potentially enter 2015 with both of their starting guards from 2014 out of the picture. Todd Herremans was already released, and Evan Mathis is rumored to be traded or cut. Fisher could immediately step in as a starter on Philadelphia’s offensive line. The 6'6", 306-pound senior is a great athlete who is a proven fit for Kelly’s system. The Eagles like their offensive linemen to be versatile, and Fisher fits the bill.
More than just filling a short-term need, this pick also makes sense in the long term. The Eagles could draft Fisher to immediately fill in at guard before moving him out to right tackle in the future, if/when Jason Peters retires and Lane Johnson takes Peters' place at left tackle."
Rotoworld's Josh Norris has recently mocked Fisher to the Eagles at No. 20 in his latest mock drafts, so maybe I'm just copying him but you can't prove that. Former Eagles scout and NFL media personality Daniel Jeremiah says he's a fan of the Oregon offensive lineman.
Fisher's combination of athleticism and measurements can't be understated. He has the third best SPARQ score of any offensive line prospect. Take a look at his spider chart (at guard) via Mockdraftable:
Meanwhile, SB Nation's draft expert Dan Kadar said he understands my pick but isn't high on the player.
"The Oregon connection is there, but after that it’s hard to make complete sense of this pick. If the intention is to draft a player to start at guard and eventually move out to tackle, there are some better choices available. Florida’s D.J. Humphries, for instance, fits the same athletic requirement. He has the potential to be a much better offensive tackle."
So what do you think about the pick? And while I have your attention, who do you think I should get for the Eagles in the second round at pick No. 52?