This new one is a little different because it’s Todd McShay’s “Grade A” edition, which means he’s not making picks based on what he thinks IS going to happen. He’s making the picks based on what he thinks SHOULD happen.
Round 1 (32): Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
The Super Bowl champions don’t have many holes on their roster. Harrison is a talented free safety with excellent size and good speed. He’d be another nice matchup piece for a strong Eagles defense.
Note that McShay’s entire mock draft is three rounds long but the Eagles have no Day 2 picks, so that’s depressing. I guess winning the Super Bowl will have to suffice.
Anyway, back to the pick. BGN wrote about Harrison over the weekend when it was discovered he likely met with the Eagles in Philly for an official pre-draft visit.
Drafting Harrison would give the Eagles a top backup behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, which is currently needed. Philadelphia utilized quite a bit of three safety packages in 2017 thanks to the presence of Corey Graham. Harrison could eventually take over as a starter when the Eagles look to move on from Jenkins/McLeod.
The Eagles are showing a lot of interest in safety prospects outside of just Harrison, so it wouldn’t shock me if that’s the pick at No. 32. At the NFL owners meetings last month, Jeffrey Lurie highlighted the Eagles’ defensive struggles in the Super Bowl as a specific area where they can afford to improve. Philadelphia could look to strengthen their secondary even further by adding a big-hitter like Harrison.
In order to pick Harrison at No. 32, McShay passed on the following notable players: Donte Jackson (33), Justin Reid (35), Derrius Guice (36), Ronald Jones (38), Leighton Vander Esch (46), Courtland Sutton (47). I’m not so sure the Eagles think Harrison is better than all of those guys, but we’ll see.
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