The legal tampering of free agency has begun and.... nothing has happened yet. BORING.
So while we wait for immediate additions to the Eagles, let’s take a look at possible April additions and take our weekly spin around the mock drafts. Thanks to Will Shields, who will now be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame, we know the Eagles are picking 14th rather than 15th.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report - WR Mike Williams, Clemson
The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to Brandin Cooks in trade talks and Kenny Britt in free-agency rumors, but if they're unable to add at the receiver position before Round 1 of the NFL draft starts, Clemson's Mike Williams would give Carson Wentz that big, physical target he needs.
Williams is a specialist in traffic and excels at making the tough grade with defenders all around him. He's not the fastest player in the class by any means, but he is the best overall wide receiver on my board. His route-running, size and length all add up to making him a true No. 1 wideout prospect.
The Eagles could definitely go running back here if they like Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey, but finding a running mate for Wentz is the biggest priority.
Have to deduct some style points for not making “running mate for Wentz” about a running back. Missed opportunity.
Williams didn’t run at the Combine, so we can’t be sure just how fast—or not fast—he is, but speed or a lack of speed alone shouldn’t make or stop the Eagles from adding a WR. A receiver who is great at tough catches would be a big help to a developing QB.
Dane Brugler, CBS - WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
The Eagles are expected to do some shuffling at the wide receiver position and with no receiver off the board at this point, Philadelphia could have their choice -- and in this scenario it is Corey Davis.
Davis didn’t perform at the Combine as he was coming off ankle surgery, but it shouldn’t hurt him in the draft. Brugler’s tag team partner Rob Rang also has Davis as his Eagles pick, which is really going to hurt their chances for a debate show.
Nate Davis, USA Today - Corey Davis
At 6-3, 213 pounds with all the skills necessary to blossom into a bona fide No. 1 target, Davis is exactly the kind of prospect Philly would be wise to pair with second-year QB Carson Wentz, who only connected for eight touchdowns with his pedestrian group of wide receivers in 2016.
Another vote for Davis, who seems to be the total package. He’s got size, speed, strength, big play ability.... he’s been a popular pick since the season ended and as the dust settles from the Combine he remains a popular pick, and deservedly so.
Emily Kaplan, The MMQB - CB Sidney Jones, Washington
The Eagles need corners, period. But Jones can be the elite lockdown corner who elevates Philadelphia’s secondary. He was extremely impressive for the Huskies, whose secondary was essentially the Seattle Seahawks of college football last season. Jones doesn’t shy from physicality in his matchups.
Are there non-elite lockdown corners? Isn’t that redundant?
Anyway, I think this is a pretty realistic pick. The Eagles need to surround Carson Wentz with polished WRs, it wouldn’t at all be surprising for them to add two veteran WRs (possibly even three) and target a corner, quite possibly the playmaking Jones, with the 14th pick.
We’ll have a better idea of that when they actually do something in free agency though. Come on Eagles, do something!