Prior to being hired as general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Mike Mayock would always unveil his first and only mock draft on the night before the NFL Draft every year. It’s unfortunate we no longer have this great resource because Mayock was one of the most accurate mock drafters in the game.
The good news for Eagles fans is that Mayock has been replaced by a guy who’s still pretty plugged in: former Philadelphia scout Daniel Jeremiah. On Wednesday evening, DJ shared some insight on what the Eagles might do at No. 25 overall in his final mock draft.
25) Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson — I could see the Eagles trading back, but in this scenario, they take the best player available in the trenches and one of the cleaner players in the draft.
Wait, no Marquise Brown? That was Jeremiah’s pick for the Eagles in his previous mock draft.
Well, as it turns out, Jeremiah has Hollywood only lasting until the Baltimore Ravens’ selection at No. 22. And that’s why Jeremiah mentions the Eagles potentially trading back in this scenario.
DJ said if Hollywood is off the board the Eagles will trade down— Blake Arnold (@Barnold1993) April 25, 2019
Whether you believe all the “Hollywood to the Eagles” buzz or not is up to you. But it’s definitely out there. There continues to be talk that he could be the only receiver taken in the first round.
7. Only receiver I’m hearing consistently — across the board — getting first round “lock” buzz is Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 25, 2019
Putting Brown aside, let’s address the pick Jeremiah actually made for the Eagles in his final mock. Ferrell would be a solid selection for Philly at No. 25. He hasn’t been linked to the Eagles in a ton of mock situations because he’s usually off the board by this point.
Ferrell might not have superstar upside but the 21-year-old figures to be a pretty good defensive end in the NFL. He has good size, he’s long, and he’s a solid athlete. Ferrell has a track record of production with 50.5 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, five pass deflections, five forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown in his final three years at Clemson.
It’s unclear if Chris Long will be back with the Eagles this year as he mulls retirement. Vinny Curry is only signed to a one-year contract so he could be leaving Philly again after this season. Adding Ferrell to the fold gives the Eagles an immediate contributor in the pass rush rotation.
Do you like this pick for the Eagles? And what do you think of the Hollywood buzz?