The 2016 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. Mock draft season is in full gear and there's no shortage of opinion as to whom the Eagles might select with the No. 8 overall pick. Let's take a look at which players the experts are projecting to Philadelphia this week.
FanSpeak (Custom) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The Eagles were reportedly the runner-up in the trade to No. 1. Maybe they'll try to get to No. 2 now. If not, Zeke could be the guy. They're reportedly in "love" with him and Zeke himself said the Eagles are showing the most interest in him.
Ourlads - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
[This mock has Ronnie Stanley going at No. 6 and Tunsil falling to the Eagles' pick at No. 8]
SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"DeMarco Murray is long gone and Ryan Mathews may not be far behind him. Enter Elliott, a true building block for new head coach Doug Pederson. Elliott has the ability to be a workhorse back, but he helps a lot in the passing game thanks to his skill as a blocker and pass catcher. Elliott warrants a top 10 pick because he's such a complete player with few flaws."
ESPN In$ider (Todd McShay) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"No, I don't normally advocate for taking a running back in the first round, but there are exceptions to every rule. Adrian Peterson was one back in 2007, Todd Gurley was another in 2015, and Elliott is yet another this year. He's an instinctive runner, a tough blocker and a natural pass-catcher. A Day 1 starter, Elliott would take pressure off QB Sam Bradford from the get-go. Both Howard and Coleman would help the Eagles add depth at cornerback and tackle, respectively."
NFL Live (Todd McShay) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal [Eagles trade up to No. 2]
"Number two, I'm starting to get a feeling, and the people I'm talking to, Cleveland may be not in love [with the No. 2 pick]," said McShay. "Philadelphia is a team that's been laying there in the weeds and kind of meeting with all of the quarterbacks. We know they need one. How about they move up to number two and get Jared Goff at that spot. Cleveland flops down and we'll work out the trade details later. Jared Goff, I've heard that's the quarterback [the Eagles] have targeted and wanted the whole time. So [Carson] Wentz goes one, Philly may be in play at two."
Birds 24/7 (Tim McManus) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
"I was between Hargreaves and Ezekiel Elliott, and I’m not ruling Elliott out. It seems entirely possible to me that the standout Ohio State back will carry the best overall grade of the remaining prospects if he is still available at No. 8. The Eagles are desperate for a playmaker on offense and Elliott could certainly be that. BPA + instant impact = logical and desirable choice. But in our view, Elliott’s grade will have to be a few notches higher than his competitors for the Eagles to pull the trigger. It’s hard to ignore the short shelf life frequently tied to the spot. And while Howie Roseman made some valid points when discussing the value of elite running backs, there’s no doubt that it’s easier to find production in unconventional places compared to other positions. The Eagles have long put a higher value on spots like cornerback, defensive end, quarterback (obviously) and tackle. Hargreaves is arguably the best corner talent in the draft and is expected to go off the board right around the time the Eagles are picking. Corner is still a position of need in our view. Could be that need and circumstance line up in this case."
NJ.com (Matt Lombardo) - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
"New Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz lands a dynamic playmaker in UCLA linebacker Myles Jack who is equally adept at making plays in the backfield as he is in coverage. The trio of Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Jack could form the foundation of a dominant front-seven."
NJ.com (Mark Eckel) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
"I'm sticking with Hargreaves, despite all of the quarterback talk. He's just the right pick at the right position for this team."
Rotoworld (Josh Norris) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
"A very good prospect will be available at No. 8. Hargreaves might not have the height or length some teams covet at the position. However, he is well-built and the second-most athletic defensive back in the class behind Jalen Ramsey. Don’t let the handful of allowed big plays in 2015 cloud your evaluation; Hargreaves is a polished press man corner who can be aggressive on the outside."
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame
"The Eagles could grab Ezekiel Elliott here, but they opt to fortify the OL instead."
NFL.com (Bucky Brooks) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal
"Perfect scenario with Goff falling to the Eagles. He is an ideal fit for this offense with his quick-rhythm passing. Doug Pederson does a great job developing quarterbacks, and the Eagles desperately need somebody who can be the face of the franchise. Goff can be that guy."
NFL.com (Charles Davis) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"The Eagles will also ponder trying to move up in the draft and grab a QB, but if they stay put, this three-down, full-time RB would make a nice selection. Elliott is an excellent pass protector, and he can catch it, too."
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"If you allow Elliott to drop beyond the Cowboys at No. 4 and the Eagles in this spot, it is conceivable that he could fall all the way to the Dolphins at No. 13. With that said, Elliott can step into a lead-back role immediately and help kick-start the Eagles' rushing attack into a more physical direction."
NFL.com (Chad Reuter) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"A complete player, Elliott provides power running, good open-field agility and speed, receiving ability and a willingness to block. You can build an offense around that type of talent."
NFL.com (Charles Casserly) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
"Fills a need they have at cornerback. Better prospect out of college than Joe Hayden. Trade-up for QB did not work out."
CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"Few players offer more immediate impact potential than Elliott, the consensus top back in the draft. After working previously with LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia and Jamaal Charles in Kansas City, new Eagles coach Doug Pederson is used to operating an offense around a star back. Elliott has the well-rounded game to be a star in Pederson's offense."
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"With Demarco Murray now in Tennessee and Ryan Matthews also on the trade block, the Eagles are looking for a new identity at running back. Elliott has the talent to be the featured piece of Doug Pederson's offense."
CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
CBS Sports (Will Brinson) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"This dude is going to go top-10 because he's that kind of talent. The only question is who takes him. Considering Howie Roseman's comments on running backs and the needs for the Eagles this marriage makes sense."
CBS Sports (Jared Dubin) - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
"Sure, this is a bit high for Lynch, with two QBs off the board inside the top-4, the Eagles could shake things up a bit and reach for the next best guy."
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Cleveland.com (Chris Fedor) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"The Eagles are another team that could move up to the second spot, hoping to land the long-term answer at QB. They were reportedly the runner-up to the Rams in the push for the top spot. Instead, they grab the next best thing for the offense: a new focal point for head coach Doug Pederson, who came from Kansas City where RB Jamaal Charles was at the center of the team's success."
Forbes (Michael Schottey) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"With all of the nonsense the Eagles dealt with at this position last season, it makes sense that they would want a franchise-caliber prospect. Elliot has the toughness of an every-down back with the speed to take an inside handoff the distance or even to get the edge against most defensive matchups. The Eagles offensive line took a huge step back last season, but Elliot running behind them will make them look pretty good and keep defenses from teeing off on the quarterbacks."
Draft Breakdown (Chris Nicolaou) - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
"DeMarco Murray is gone and the Eagles find their workhorse."
Drafttek (Broz) - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
"VH3 is once again the pick this week at spot #8 for Philly. However speculation is running wild that the Eagles are interested in trading up for a QB. Apparently the Eagles did in fact make an offer to the Titans for the #1 overall pick, but Philly fans can breath a sigh of relief that they didn't fork over the king's ransom the Rams just paid. There are rumblings that the Eagles and Browns could still do business for the #2 pick, as long as the Browns don't expect the haul the Titans just got. Make no mistake though, the cost will still be high. While not a handsome man, my great Uncle Bri was shrewd like a weasel, and he was known to say "Never test how deep the water is with both feet". Well, that's exactly the plunge the Eagles will have to make to move up to the 2nd pick. If the move doesn't happen, selecting Hargreaves at #8 would make sense for many reasons: it's a team need, CB is a position of importance, and Hargreaves is the draft's most dangerous cover corner when the ball is in the air (10 career INT's)."
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
"The Eagles want a quarterback and may consider Paxton Lynch with this pick, but instead they get a blue-chip left tackle to replace Jason Peters down the road."
NFL Mocks (Erik Lambert) - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss [Eagles trade up to No. 5]
"Howie Roseman deserves another pay raise for this. After sneaking his way into the top 10 with that deft trade with the Dolphins that landed his Philadelphia Eagles the 8th pick and unloaded one of the worst contracts in NFL history, he cements his place as possible Executive of the Year by jumping up to grab the best left tackle to come out of college in years. Laremy Tunsil couldn’t be a better solution to the Eagles’ problems. He’s a premier pass protector with fluid footwork and athleticism, good power and long arms. Speed rushers can’t get around him and power rushers can’t get through him. No question he has all the trappings of a bookend franchise tackle with All-Pro potential. This is ideal for Philly given Jason Peters is -years old and has a dubious injury history that has burned them in the past."
RB Ezekiel Elliott - 13
CB Vernon Hargreaves - 6
QB Jared Goff - 2
OT Laremy Tunsil - 2
OT Ronnie Stanley - 2
LB Myles Jack - 1
QB Paxton Lynch - 1
RB - 13
CB - 6
OT - 4
QB - 3
LB - 1
Offense - 20
Defense - 7
I don't see Tunsil or Jack falling to No. 8. But let's dream for a second. Getting Tunsil would obviously be great for the long-term outlook of Philadelphia's offensive line. Jack would give the Eagles a stud on defense, even though they don't really have an immediate need at linebacker.
The Rams' trade up to No. 1 could allow them to fall further than originally expected, so maybe the Eagles could trade up for one of them, but I doubt that too. If the Birds are going to move up, it's probably going to be for a quarterback. They seemingly had strong interest in trying to get the first pick before losing out to the Rams. Their pursuit of a quarterback might not be over just yet.