Let’s take our weekly spin around the league and see what the draft prognosticators are seeing for the Eagles. A recurring theme this early in the mock draft community is that no one can seem to agree on who the Eagles should take.
Dan Kadar, SB Nation - CB Teez Tabor, Florida
It’s all about the perimeter for Philadelphia. The Eagles might be smart to take not just one, but possibly two cornerbacks with their first three or four picks in the draft this year. Wide receiver becomes less of a need if DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia, but the Eagles really need a sure thing at the position.
Dane Brugler, CBS Sports - CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
The Eagles are desperate for help at cornerback and there should be several options for the franchise in the mid-first round. Humphrey has given up several big plays this season, but NFL coaches will be salivating at his size and skill set.
Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports - CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
This is a cornerback-loaded class, and Lattimore is a divisive prospect, but he has incredible physical skills with the full potential to be not only a CB1, but a perennial Pro Bowler too.
Let’s consider these three at once since they’re the same position. The Eagles definitely need not just a cornerback, but at least three more, so they could even draft two this season, as Kadar notes. But this is a really deep draft for corners, made even deeper by Lattimore declaring this week. As Brugler says, there should be several options for the Eagles in the first round... which means they should have plenty of options in the second round too. The diversity of opinions of which corner the Eagles should take illustrate how deep the talent pool is at the position.
Josh Norris, RotoWorld - RB Dalvin Cook, FSU
I love Dalvin Cook’s game. The Eagles offense can shift with any “type” of running back. They showed that in 2016. Cook is a big play threat who also wins after contact.
Cook is probably the best fit for Doug Pederson’s offense among the top tier of running backs as he is the best receiver of the lot. But a first round running back is a hot topic, one we’ll have plenty of time to debate about over the next four months. With every WR on the planet on the board in this mock and really good depth at running back in the draft, there’s a very good argument that Cook, as exciting a prospect as he is, is not the best option for the Eagles here.
Emily Kaplan, MMQB - WR Mike Williams, Clemson
From the wideout factory that has produced DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, this might be the Tigers’ most polished wide receiver yet. The Eagles won’t have any hesitations snatching up a star player to fill their biggest need. Carson Wentz, meet your new best friend—who will rarely drop your passes.
Finally someone gives the Eagles a WR. Hallelujah. But this, and Norris’ mock, are curious. After being off the board on just about every mock draft before the college football playoff began, it seems odd that now, after 14 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games that Mike Williams is suddenly available for the Eagles?
Kaplan also has every WR on the board when the Eagles pick. That would be a great problem to have.
And if Mike Williams is to be Carson Wentz’s BFF, he’s going to have to do more than just not drop passes, he’s going to have to go hunting with him.