There are only 31 days until the 2018 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26. One month away! Until then, we’re going to kill some time with our weekly Mock Draft Monday series.
Last week, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had the Eagles taking a potential Patrick Robinson replacement in the first round. Now Kadar is back to giving the Birds a potential long-term replacement for Jason Peters.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson was considered for this pick, but it’s a little high for him. People are down on Brown, but the mountainous blocker can sit for a year behind Jason Peters to get stronger and hone his footwork. What you can’t add with other blockers is pure size, and Brown has it. He often wins his blocking assignments thanks to sheer size and the extra time it takes edge rushers to get around him is enough for the quarterback to get the ball off.
We already talked about Brown when Kadar had him going to the Eagles two weeks ago. Though his size is great, it just feels hard to believe Philadelphia is going to take an historically bad athlete with a first-round pick.
The Eagles should absolutely draft a potential replacement for Peters if the right player is there for them. But they shouldn’t force the pick just because it’s a future need.
Some names of interest that were still on the board at No. 32 when Kadar picked include: Derrius Guice, Justin Reid, Ronald Jones, and Jaire Alexander. Though offensive tackle is a more valuable position than running back or safety, I’d prefer to go with Guice or Reid instead.
What do you think of this week’s pick?