Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve made it. The final mock draft. The last gasp at prognostication. The final time you get to yell at me on social media.
This is my prediction, according to the many things I’ve heard and seen over the long and arduous draft cycle. It is unequal parts Roseman’s tendencies, Douglas’s tastes, team needs, best player available, and wishful thinking — as all drafts are, there’s never just one reason to make a selection.
1.25: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
As we’ve written about and discussed on podcasts a few times here on Bleeding Green, Marquise Brown to Philly at 25 has some serious legs — if he gets that far.
Brown has serious Round 1 interest in the league for his game-breaking speed, RB-like vision with the ball in his hands, and excellent routes. Of course, Brown didn’t test and came into the Combine light because of a Lisfranc injury that should be monitored, but if he’s healthy, he has the potential to be an elite deep threat in the league.
I don’t love this pick, but we don’t have much of a feel for where the Eagles might like to go at 25 beyond Brown, so he’s currently our best bet
2.53: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
We know the Eagles have done their homework on the safety class, though they haven’t done much work on Thompson — but the film speaks for itself on this player. Though he’s thinner and lacks hitting power, Thompson is exactly what the Eagles need to replace Rodney McLeod in the future: a true centerfield.
Thompson showcases elite processing and great range from single-high alignments, able to bait quarterbacks into poor decisions and make plays on the football at the apex. His ball skills and range will help protect the Eagles’ Cover 3 corners from the double-moves that have plagued them in recent seasons.
2.57: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
The West Virginia connection is a real thing for Philadelphia, as is the need for a 2020 starter at LT behind Jason Peters. Yodny Cajuste fits that bill nicely, as a player who could use some technical refinement before being thrust into a starting role.
Cajuste is recovering from surgery for a torn quad, but will be able to go during the 2019 season should Peters go down. His size, aggressive physical play, and set quickness all lend themselves to Philadelphia’s brand of offensive linemen.
4.127: Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas
It took a bit of time to get down to the interior defensive line in this mock, but it’s a deep class and I don’t think the Eagles should be afraid of waiting on a contributor. They got one here in Wise, a strong penetration player with NFL bloodlines and a high ceiling.
Wise’s physical tools are only modest, but he is a great penetration player because of his upper body strength, hand usage, and motor. As a rotational interior player, he makes a lot of sense, as he’s sound against the run and pro-ready in terms of build and strength. He’ll be maximized in Jim Schwartz’s one-gap, aggressive system.
4.138: Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami
Really love the fit of Jackson in Philly. He wins with explosiveness on the high side rush, attacking with quickness on the outside shoulder and bending around the edge — but at the NFL level, he won’t find his wins as easily with his first step, and must improve his hand usage and secondary counters.
Philadelphia’s wide alignments will help Jackson maximize his explosiveness and get to that outside shoulder, where he’s a strong finisher with good surface-area reduction and balance. As a rotation player, he’s a smart run-defender who can stay on the field long-term if players get injured above him.
5.163: Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
Ideal backup for Jason Kelce here, who played through a ton of minor injury last season and is getting longer in the tooth. Isaac Seumalo can snap in a pinch, of course, but I’d rather leave my starting LG where he is and replace center, should Kelce go down — and I need to develop an interior player for Kelce’s retirement anyway.
Gaillard needs a zone style system to be successful, which he gets in Philly. Good hand placement and footwork help him win in a phone booth, though his physical tools really aren’t much to write home about. He can’t execute the reach blocks and climbs that Kelce can, but then again — few can.
6.197: Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska
A Combine snub without much production before this season, we don’t really know where Ozigbo is going to end up in the draft, but as a Day 3 option for the Eagles, he’s an interesting prospect.
Ozigbo’s a big boy, but he’s surprisingly spry and, critically, active in the passing game: 39 receptions over his last two seasons. Ozigbo wins on zone-style runs, which pairs nicely with Jordan Howard, who will execute more of Philadelphia’s power/trap concepts between the tackles. The Eagles break the mold of UDFA RB here, but it’s worth it for a player of Ozigbo’s caliber.