With the Super Bowl over, the NFL is officially in the offseason, even though everyone not in the Super Bowl has been in offseason mode for at least a few weeks. With the offseason kicking into gear, some mock drafters have given us the gift of deep mock drafts. The more picks to disseminate, the better. We can’t get enough mock drafts.
1st - CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
2nd - G Dan Feeney, Indiana
3rd - DE Dawuane Smoot, Illinois
4th - RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
5th - CB Corn Elder, Miami
5th - WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
6th - TE Michael Roberts, Toledo
7th - G Sean Harlow, Oregon State
Kempski gives write ups for each pick, but for brevity here we’re just going to list the picks. He also explains why the Browns 4th round pick they owe the Eagles will actually be a 5th.
This mock addresses a lot of Eagles needs, and that’s nowhere near as fun as ones that go out on a limb. Humphrey and Feeney could start right away, with Smoot, Gallman and Switzer in position to get significant playing time. Elder and Harlow help fill the voids from going sparse on drafting linemen and corners during the Chip Kelly era, and Roberts is your quintessential Best Player Available pick.
1st - RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
2nd - CB Adoree Jackson, USC
3rd - WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
4th - S Marcus Maye, Florida
4th - OT Erik Magnuson, Michigan
5th - OT Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M
6th - DE DeVonte Fields, Louisville
7th - LB Ben Boulware, Clemson
Oooh another seven round mock. The first two rounds have the usual suspects from other mocks we’ve seen week in and week out. Isaiah Ford is a guy who you might read more and more about as the winter turns to spring and we get the combination of mock drafts going beyond one round and media members who don’t watch college football start diving into it. So you might see him as one of many players who will be labeled as “risers” when the reality those players have always been where they are, it’s the viewpoint that’s changed.
But the early rounds are the window dressing, the meaty parts of these seven rounders are dissecting the later picks, which will almost certainly be completely different than what happens. But it’s still fun.
Taking a safety in the 4th seems a little high, but Best Player Available is Best Player Available, Your Mileage May Vary. Back-to-back offensive tackles catches the eye, but Magnuson is probably a guard in the NFL, so it’s not really back-to-back tackles.
Fields had a huge freshman year at TCU in 2012, being the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. But in 2013 he played in just 2 games due to injuries and suspension, then was kicked off the team after assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening her with a gun. He transferred to a JUCO for 2014, then for 2015 transferred to Louisville, where he had a strong season. His production dipped in 2016, and his off-field issues could scare off teams. But the Eagles have shown they are willing to take on those type of players, and the upside with Fields makes a lot of sense.
Boulware could quickly become a fan favorite, he’s a fiery and vocal tackling machine who has been described as “dangerously close to dirty.” And look at that beard.
1st - WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2nd - CB Desmond King, Iowa
3rd - RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas
Only three rounds? GTFO.
This hits the jackpot of top three immediate needs taken with the top three picks. Which means it’s too good to be true. Getting three (presumptive) plug and play starters in a draft is exciting, but it also speaks to how the Eagles are in a rebuilding mode: you’d like to be a position where your mid round picks should be earning a starting spot rather than being penciled in for one.
And our Ben Natan did a seven round mock on Tuesday, check it out. It’s delicious.