There are only 38 days until the 2017 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 27. In the meantime, let’s kill some time with our weekly Mock Draft Monday series.
Last week’s SB Nation mock draft put together by Dan Kadar had the Eagles selecting a Florida cornerback in the first round. Kadar has the Eagles going with a cornerback at No. 14 again this week, but it’s not the same player this time.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama - If Humphrey happens to be available when the Eagles pick, he should be an easy selection. Cornerback is overwhelmingly the biggest need on the team and Humphrey could be the answer. Don’t discount a running back or wide receiver here, though. In the past week the Eagles have worked out Dalvin Cook, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette and Mike Williams.
Humphrey is one of eight known players the Eagles have hosted an on official pre-draft visit so far.
At only 20 years old, Humphrey is one of the younger prospects in this year’s draft class. Despite his youth, he was a very productive player for the Crimson Tide. The 6-1, 198 pound corner recorded 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 13 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown in only two seasons with Alabama.
Here’s what BGN draft writer Ben Natan had to say about Humphrey.
Marlon Humphrey is one of many first round quality players on the Alabama defense. He is a 6-1, 200 pound, athletic cornerback with incredibly good physicality. He is at his best playing with the ball in front of him and could improve his ball skills in man coverage, but his physicality, upside and ability to impact the run game is impressive.
I don’t think the Eagles have to pick a corner at No. 14 this year, especially given how deep this class is. But the option is obviously going to be in play. Philadelphia desperately needs long-term solutions at the position.
Marlon Humphrey spider graph:
What do you think of this week’s pick?