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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Eagles take a cornerback in the first round

Here's one player for the Eagles to consider.

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The Pro Bowl is over which means it's time for Super Bowl 50 week. It also means there are only 87 days until the 2016 NFL Draft starts on April 28, so we're going to kill some time with our regular Mock Draft Monday series from now until then.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar had the Eagles taking a quarterback in his last two mocks. He had Carson Wentz to Philadelphia at No. 13 overall last week. Now that the Senior Bowl and the Wentz hype machine is in full effect, Wentz is going No. 4 to the Dallas Cowboys. So with that in mind, Kadar no longer has the Eagles taking a passer in the first round.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

With the signings of offensive tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz to new contracts, and close to one with defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, the Eagles are more so in win-now mode than build. Because of that, the Eagles might not want to use a first-round pick on a quarterback that needs developing. If not, a top-flight cornerback would be a good pickup. Byron Maxwell didn't have a good start to his Eagles career, and Hargreaves is a much better prospect than former second-round pick Eric Rowe.

For more on Hargreaves, read BGN's scouting report on him.

NFL Comparison: Hargreaves is a spitting image of Bengals cornerback, Leon Hall. Like Hall, Hargreaves is a bit undersized by NFL standards, but does not let that consistently impact his game. He has outstanding footwork, incredible discipline in coverage and great instincts. Both possess good ball skills and never give up on a down. Also, while both can play man coverage very well, they get maximized in zone.

Cornerback isn't necessarily a position of immediate need for the Eagles. The team is locked in to Maxwell for the near future and Rowe showed some potential down the stretch. These things don't rule out the Eagles from taking a cornerback, but the team might look at other positions in the first.

Let's get back to quarterback talk. Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice has the Eagles going that direction with Paxton Lynch.

Is Lynch among the best 13 players in the draft? That's debatable, although I would lean toward "probably not." While I subscribe in theory to drafting "BPA" (best player available), if you wait until a quarterback is the best player available on your board, you'll never get one unless you're drafting No. 1 or No. 2 overall. And even then, a quarterback might not even be "BPA." Lynch, in my opinion, would be worth the "risk," if that's what you would even call drafting a guy you think can be a long-term answer at the most important position in sports.

So what do you think of these picks?

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