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Todd McShay’s latest mock draft has the Eagles beefing up their defensive line

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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released the 2.0 version of his 2019 NFL mock draft on Thursday. Things have changed since his 1.0 version, which was released on December 12, had the Eagles picking a cornerback at No. 16. This time, McShay has the Eagles addressing their defensive line.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson — It’s no secret that the Eagles want a cornerback, but this is some really, really good value. Put Lawrence next to Fletcher Cox and let those two plug the middle of a line that was in the bottom third in rush defense this season.

Well, that’s an interesting way for McShay to start his write-up. “It’s no secret that the Eagles want a cornerback”? Is that inside information or is he just assuming corner is a need for Philly because it typically has been in the past?

The feeling here is the Eagles like the combination of talent and youth they have at corner. I don’t think they’re drafting one at No. 25 unless it’s just a total no-brainer best player available pick.

Anyway, back to the actual pick. Lawrence is a player that’s been linked to Eagles in a number of mock draft simulations we’ve examined this offseason. The 21-year-old defender is a massive prospect at 6-4, 351 pounds. There’s no question his presence would help beef up Philly’s d-line.

But are the Eagles really looking to take a run-stuffer with their first-round pick? Lawrence only had 3.5 sacks in his final 24 games with the Tigers. We know Philadelphia values building through the trenches but I think they’d be looking to draft someone with more pass rush juice with such a premium pick.

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