The 2016 NFL Draft is only a mere 105 days away so that means it's perfect time for Mel Kiper's first mock draft. It's kind of hard to project what the Philadelphia Eagles do since they don't even have a head coach, but here's the pick at No. 13 overall, via ESPN In$ider:
"Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss - Whether Nkemdiche is a great fit in Philly depends a little bit on what kind of system the new coaching staff will want to run, but with Cedric Thornton an unrestricted free agent, they'd be wise to add another talented piece to the D-line puzzle to take some pressure off Fletcher Cox, who has turned into an absolute star. Nkemdiche has that potential -- he's a top-5 talent, really -- but will need to maintain his focus off the field."
The 21-year-old Nkemdiche measures in at 6-5, 293 pounds. In three years playing for Ole Miss he finished with 81 total tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, and six sacks. For more on him, check out this scouting profile from Alex Reno of Pride of Detroit:
Robert Nkemdiche is a freak athlete with an immense amount of upside as a D-lineman. If he can put it all together and give the consistent effort that teams are looking for, he could eventually turn into a Pro Bowl caliber player with the right coaching. Due to his physical traits, Nkemdiche has been regarded as a lock to have his name called within the top-10 selections, but if his interviews don't go well or his background doesn't check out, then his draft stock may take a fall.
Defensive line could definitely be a position of need for the Eagles. Both Thornton and Vinny Curry are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this offseason, so it remains to be seen if they'll be back.
Again, it's hard to say how Nkemdiche fits in Philadelphia because we don't know what the Eagles plan to do on defense moving forward. There's been talk of moving back to the 4-3 but that's all just speculation until a new coaching staff is hired.
One thing we might be able to say is that Nkemdiche's off the field issues might not necessarily automatically rule him out of the consideration like it would if Chip Kelly was still around.
So do you like the pick? Here's who came off the board before Philadelphia's pick at No. 13:
1) Tennessee Titans - DE Joey Bosa
2) Cleveland Browns - QB Jared Goff
3) San Diego Chargers - OT Laremy Tunsil
4) Dallas Cowboys - DE DeForest Buckner
5) Jacksonville Jaguars - DB Jalen Ramsey
6) Baltimore Ravens - OT Ronnie Stanley
7) San Francisco 49ers - WR Laquon Treadwell
8) Miami Dolphins - DE Shaq Lawson
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Vernon Hargreaves
10) New York Giants - LB Myles Jack
11) Chicago Bears - LB Reggie Ragland
12) New Orleans Saints - DL A'Shawn Robinson