Peter King unveiled his first and only 2019 NFL Mock Draft in the early hours of Monday morning. His entire FMIA column contains plenty of good draft nuggets, so make sure to check it out.
With the No. 25 overall pick in this year’s draft, King has the Eagles taking ... Hollywood.
25. Philadelphia: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma: Some love him. Some think he’s too wispy at 166, and they’re worried that he enters the NFL nursing a foot injury, and he might be prone to injury in the big-boy league. But he is one big threat. Instinctive and fearless too. Could be that DeSean Jackson gives the Eagles one last season, and then Brown steps in as the deep threat Carson Wentz can grow with into middle-age. Two cautions: GM Howie Roseman struck out on the free-agent he wanted, running back Tevin Coleman, and he could steal his RB1, Josh Jacobs, from the Raiders and Colts in trade. And Roseman is not fearful of drafting a guy (Sidney Jones, round two, 2017) who has to sit most or all of his rookie year with an injury. So I’d watch Jeffery Simmons here too.
A lot to unpack here.
First, this is an interesting projection because there’s increasing buzz that the Eagles could take Brown at No. 25. He was the most popular Eagles pick in our final mock draft roundup of 2019.
This isn’t the first time King has linked Brown to the Eagles, either. It begs to question if King knows something about Philadelphia’s intentions. He sure did when it came to his final mock draft from last year, in which he correctly projected the Eagles trading out of No. 32.
With both King and former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah having the Eagles taking Brown at No. 25, it feels like that option is a real possibility. Unless, of course, Howie Roseman is trying to have those guys spread misinformation in order to trick other teams with a smokescreen.
Based on what we’ve heard, though, the Eagles taking a wide receiver early in this year’s draft isn’t out of the question. They’ve used more pre-draft visits at receiver than any other position.
So, let’s assume Brown is the pick. How does he fit in? Well, as BGN’s Michael Kist pointed out, Brown was incredibly efficient for Oklahoma as a slot receiver in a limited sample size. Perhaps the Eagles look to trade Nelson Agholor (saving $9.4 million) and use Brown as his replacement? Or, since Howie Roseman has said he believes receivers take time to develop in the NFL, perhaps Brown is just a role-player as a rookie before eventually taking over as an eventual replacement for DeSean Jackson? It’s crazy to think about the Eagles finding a way to get both Hollywood and DJacc on the field at the same time in 2019 because that’s a whole lotta speed.
Even though Hollywood is a fun player, the majority of Eagles fans polled here at Bleeding Green Nation seemingly wouldn’t love the pick at No. 25.
As King noted, some may been concerned about Brown’s size and injury status.
Then again, Brown is only 5/8 of an inch shorter and three pounds lighter than Jackson was coming out of Cal in 2008. Media reports indicate Brown’s Lisfranc injury won’t prevent him from participating in training camp this year. Jeremiah recently said at least one NFL GM is “100 percent confident he’ll return to what he was and their doctors were fine with him.”
Maybe that executive was Roseman. We’ll soon see if Brown is the pick at No. 25.
Putting Hollywood aside, King had some other interesting things to say about the Eagles. King quickly mentions how Philly “struck out” on adding Tevin Coleman in NFL free agency.
It was previously reported that Eagles running back coach Duce Staley had Coleman as his No. 1 ranked free agent running back. Despite this, Coleman signed a surprisingly reasonable two-year, $8.5 million contract with the 49ers worth only $5.25 million guaranteed. My understanding was that there was concern with Coleman that ultimately deterred the Eagles from outbidding their competitors.
In any case, King suggests that Philly could be players for Josh Jacobs in a trade up. We’ve previously heard that the Eagles “really like” Jacobs and that we shouldn’t be surprised if he’s the selection at No. 25. Based on how the Eagles have devalued the running back position in the past, it still would be somewhat of a surprise if they take one in the first round. It’d be even more shocking if they traded up for a player at that position.
Lastly, King is adding fuel to the Simmons fire by suggesting the Eagles could select the embattled Mississippi State defensive tackle. Over the weekend, Bleacher Report reported: “There is a ton of buzz around Jeffery Simmons to the Eagles or Colts at 25 and 26.” I tend to believe this could be a smokescreen because I don’t think Philly wants to take this big risk at No. 25. But maybe I’m wrong.
Some other noteworthy things from King’s mock:
- Ed Oliver goes No. 3 overall.
- The Giants take Josh Allen at No. 6 and then trade down from No. 17 to take Daniel Jones at No. 23.
- Christian Wilkins is off the board at No. 13. Dexter Lawrence goes at No. 14.
- Washington drafts Dwayne Haskins.
- Josh Jacobs is selected by the Ravens at No. 22.
- The Eagles pass on the following players: Greedy Williams, Deandre Baker, Cody Ford, Byron Murphy, D.K. Metcalf, Jeffery Simmons.
Albert Breer of The MMQB also put out a mock draft on Monday morning. He has Montez Sweat — who recently decided to withdraw from attending the 2019 NFL Draft in Tennesse — falling to the Eagles at No. 25. There’s been some buzz that Sweat could be dropping. Could he really make it to Philly’s pick?
Only a few more days until we find out.