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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay's way-too-early version


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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released a 2016 NFL mock draft on Thursday. You know, because it's never too early for this kind of thing.

I felt like ignoring this one until I saw his pick for the Eagles (via ESPN In$ider):

"19. Philadelphia Eagles (Projected record: 9-7)
Su'a Cravens, S, USC: The Eagles need to continue to improve their secondary, and we know how much Chip Kelly likes Pac-12 players. Cravens has the size (6-1, 225 pounds) of an in-the-box safety who can also play some weakside linebacker. He has trouble covering the quickest slot receivers, but he can hold up in coverage for the most part because of his length and instincts."

If that name looks familiar, it's because that's who SB Nation's Dan Kadar also has the Eagles taking in his 2016 mock draft.

So the 2015 season hasn't even begun yet and it already looks like there may be a consensus 2016 mock draft pick for the Eagles. Great.

What makes this pick weird is that it seems like it's the Landon Collins situation all over again. McShay consistently mocked Collins to the Eagles this offseason due to the team's need at safety. Many realized Collins wasn't a great fit for the Eagles' scheme due to his limitations in coverage. Sure enough, the Birds passed on him at No. 20. The Eagles just don't seem to seek in-the-box safeties.

In the end, who cares. It's a freaking 2016 mock draft. But at least now you're prepared for next mocking season.

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