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2017 NFL mock draft round up: Eagles need a cornerback, so give them one

Safety outside the numbers

NCAA Football: Outback Bowl-Florida vs Iowa Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another round of mock drafts. It’s getting to repetitive in that everyone gives the Eagles a wide receiver, which they need, or a cornerback, which they also need, and occasionally a running back, which again is also a need. That means you can almost take it to the bank that they draft a completely different position. Case in point, this time last year LaQuon Treadwell was being mocked to the Eagles, and before that people were expecting the Eagles to trade up for Marcus Mariota. (Sorry for the memories.) So take these with some salt. Garlic salt, on popcorn.

John Harris, Washington Post - WR Mike Williams, Clemson

Although the Eagles have a big receiver in Dorial Green-Beckham, they don’t have a consistent, all-around receiving threat to team with Jordan Matthews. Second year quarterback Carson Wentz got contributions from Zach Ertz late in the season, but Williams gives the Eagles’ passing game a completely different dimension.

He has the 3rd pick in the draft being Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes. You read that right, third pick, not third round.

Erik Galko, Sporting News - CB Teez Tabor, Florida

Cornerback and receiver are the two most likely early-round considerations for the Eagles in this draft. After already investing a first-rounder in Nelson Agholor and a second in Jordan Matthews, it’s far more likely they aim for a cornerback in Round 1.

He calls him Jalen. Come on man, it’s Teez. Teez nuts. BOFA Teez. The memes will be great.

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

1st - RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

The Eagles don’t need a running back as badly as they need a receiver, but Cook would be a steal in mid-Round 1. He does not require much room to be able to take on the distance.

2nd - CB Desmond King, Iowa

During Senior Bowl week, the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock compared King’s possible NFL role as a safety/corner hybrid to that of Malcolm Jenkins.​

3rd - WR Zay Jones, East Carolina

The Eagles don’t need a RB as badly as they need a WR, and with Mike Williams on the board here Burke’s justification doesn’t really add up, especially with the depth at RB in this class. King might be a safety in the NFL. Which is a really good reason for the Eagles to not draft him. They need a bonafide outside corner, not a hybrid safety/slot corner. It doesn’t really matter, this is a February mock draft, it’s automatically wrong.

Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports

1st - WR Mike Williams, Clemson

The Eagles need a cornerback and they need wide receivers. This is the best wide receiver in the class. They can snag a strong CB later.

2nd - S Desmond King, Iowa

Another versatile defensive back, the Eagles’ secondary will appreciate the ability to play multiple positions.

3rd - RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson

No, again, the Eagles don’t need guys who can play corner and safety. They guys who can play corner. Maybe Desmond King can, but taking him because he can also play safety when the next two picks are Tre’Davious White and Cordea Tankersley is silly reasoning. The Eagles aren’t in a position where they can take a guy who might be X but might be Y and either one is fine. They need a firm solution at corner.

Chad Reuter,

1st - WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

2nd - CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

3rd - DE Tarrell Basham, Ohio

4th - DT Nazir Jones, North Carolina

Other than Davis this might not excite anyone, but it fills a bunch of draft needs. So this is a rational, though out mock, which means it won’t get much traction.

Pete Prisco, CBS - CB Sidney Jones, Washington

The Eagles corners had a rough go of it last season. They can plug and play this kid right away. They could also go receiver here.

“They could also go receiver here.” Thanks Pete.

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