Mel Kiper usually puts out his mock drafts on Thursdays but the ESPN analyst has a special treat for you today as he’s released his 2.0 version on Monday. Kiper’s 1.0 version had the Eagles taking a defensive end at No. 25 overall. Kiper’s latest mock has the Eagles sticking with defense but instead going with a cornerback in the first round (via In$ider):
25. Philadelphia Eagles — Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Injuries in the secondary really hurt the Eagles in 2018, as the defense couldn’t match the play that led it a Super Bowl LII victory. And with Ronald Darby possibly leaving in free agency, cornerback is a spot to target here or with one of their two second-round picks. Mullen had an inconsistent 2018 season, but he has some excellent 2017 tape. And at 6-foot-2, 186 pounds, he’s a big corner. He should test well in Indianapolis.
Kiper notably has the Eagles passing up on pass rushers Brian Burns and Jaylon Ferguson in order to take Mullen.
I know I sound like a broken record but I just don’t see the Eagles taking a cornerback at No. 25 unless it’s a no-brainer, “how did that guy fall this far?” selection. Even if Darby leaves, the Eagles still have Avonte Maddox (22), Rasul Douglas (23), Cre’Von LeBlanc (24), Jalen Mills (24), and Sidney Jones (22) under contract. That’s a lot of youth that they’ve already invested resources in.
Maddox, Douglas, and LeBlanc all showed promise in the second half of 2018. The secondary stabilized with them starting. Jones needs to prove he can stay healthy but he at least has theoretical upside. Mills has his faults but the coaching staff (read: Jim Schwartz) has always been high on him.
I just don’t see how a first round corner really fits in the mix. If your argument is that the Eagles need immediate help at the position, I don’t see how drafting a rookie gives you that instant impact. Especially when that player is Mullen, who ranks as the eighth or ninth best corner based on The Draft Network’s rankings. BGN’s Benjamin Solak doesn’t even have Mullen in his top 100 prospects. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says Mullen “has Day 2 draft talent as an outside corner and could compete for a CB2 spot within a couple of years.”
Really bad pick by Kiper.
Grade Mel Kiper’s selection of Travyon Mullen for the Eagles at No. 25
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