The 2017 NFL Draft is a little over two weeks away and I might die before then because I’m drowning in mock drafts. On Monday it was a two-round mock. On Tuesday it was the Eagles’ pick in the BGN Mock. Earlier today I posted a seven-round mock. And now here’s a look at the latest three round mock from draft analyst Todd McShay. Via ESPN In$ider:
Round 1 (14): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Round 2 (43): Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Round 3 (99): DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
I love the idea of McCaffrey on the Eagles. Coach Doug Pederson comes from Andy Reid's coaching tree and wants a RB with pass-catching ability. McCaffrey is one of the most polished receiving running backs I've ever studied coming out of college. Philadelphia doesn't have great cornerback depth, so they should jump at the chance to take a player like Lewis if he's on the board and they've cleared his off-field issues (his trial isn't scheduled until July). Lewis is very instinctive in coverage. I love the way Walker uses his hands and creates leverage as a pass-rusher.
Here’s who went off the board before McCaffrey at No. 14:
1 - DE Myles Garrett
2 - DE Solomon Thomas
3 - S Jamal Adams
4 - DT Jonathan Allen
5 - CB Marshon Lattimore
6 - S Malik Hooker
7 - WR Corey Davis
8 - RB Leonard Fournette
9 - DE Derek Barnett
10 - LB Reuben Foster
11 - CB Kevin King
12 - TE O.J. Howard
13 - TE David Njoku
So, no quarterbacks off the board before the Eagles, which isn’t ideal. The Eagles also passed over Mike Williams, John Ross, Dalvin Cook, and Gareon Conley in this spot.
Again, I’d be cool with McCaffrey at No. 14. I’m not going to complain about the Birds giving Carson Wentz more help. I’ve long made the case upgrading the running back position will serve the Eagles very well. But despite my wishes, I really don’t believe they’ll go that direction in the first round.
As far as Jourdan Lewis goes, I think his play style fits what Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likes in corners. But Philadelphia will have to determine if they’re comfortable with his off-field situation. Lewis was accused of domestic violence but pleaded not guilty. A trial date has been set for this July.
The Eagles didn’t seem to rule out drafting Joe Mixon, so I wouldn’t say it’s impossible they draft Lewis. But then again each situation is different.
Philadelphia’s third round pick in this mock is a defensive linemen. Here’s what BGN draft writer Ben Natan wrote about Walker recently.
15) Demarcus Walker is a guy whose ranking does not properly reflect how I feel about him. In a deep class, it is hard for him to break the top 10, but he has a solid chance of developing into a valuable role player in the NFL. He is well built and strong as hell and while his athletic ability, overall, is underwhelming, his strength and motor will serve him well in the league. Walker will never be a star, but he should always have a place in the league with the way he plays.
Walker put up some big numbers at Florida State. He finished with 179 tackles (41.5 for loss), 27 sacks, eight pass deflections, seven forced fumbles, and one interception over four years. 16 of those sacks came in 2016 alone.
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