With the start of the 2019 NFL Draft just hours away, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have made their final picks for the first round. These mocks were created based on what these ESPN insiders are hearing about what could happen and not necessarily what they think should happen. Let’s take a look at what they have in store for the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 25.
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma: If you’re keeping count, Brown would be the first wide receiver picked. I can see a few 75-yard catch-and-runs in his future with Carson Wentz throwing him the ball. He’d be a teammate of his closest pro comp, Desean Jackson.
This pick only adds to the increasingly popular sentiment that the Eagles really want to draft Hollywood. Is it just a smokescreen? If so, the Eagles really have Kiper, Daniel Jeremiah, Peter King, and Matt Miller fooled.
With Jackson turning 33 this season, it’s not crazy that the Eagles would want to have someone to replacement him when he’s gone. In the meantime, it could be really fun watching defenses trying to defend both Jackson and Hollywood. That’s so much speed to account for.
The thing that makes me question if the Eagles would really go with Brown is how much they value the trenches. Howie Roseman’s draft history suggests that’s the direction he’ll go in the first round. But maybe the Eagles want to prioritize getting weapons for their quarterback who’s about to receive a huge contract in the near future.
In any case, it’s hard for me to dismiss the Brown possibility when clues point to it being possible. The mock draft buzz, the Eagles’ heavy interest in receiver prospects, the Nelson Agholor trade rumors, the things BGN has heard about the Eagles being in on a pass catcher ... it all fits if Brown is the pick at No. 25.
But enough about Hollywood for now. Let’s get to McShay’s pick.
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: Injuries hit the Philly secondary last season -- not a single cornerback started at least nine games. Murphy has the ball skills and instincts to really excel in the Eagles’ zone coverage scheme.
Fittingly enough, we started mock draft season talking about how the Eagles drafting a first round cornerback doesn’t make a ton of sense and we’ll end it by saying the same thing. I just can’t see Murphy being the pick at No. 25 when the Eagles already have six corners who appear to be roster locks in 2019. It’s not happening.
Some quick notes on non-Eagles picks in these mocks:
- Christian Wilkins (No. 13), Cody Ford (No. 14), Montez Sweat (No. 21), Josh Jacobs (No. 24) went off the board before the Eagles took Brown at No. 25 in Kiper’s mock.
- Kiper has the Eagles notably passing on Jeffery Simmons (No. 26), Darnell Savage (No. 27), Dexter Lawrence (No. 28), Garrett Bradbury (No. 31), and Clelin Ferrell (No. 32).
- Wilkins (No. 13), Ford (No. 14), Brown (No. 19), and Jacobs (No. 24) were all off the board before the Eagles’ pick in McShay’s mock.
- McShay has the Eagles notably passing on Ferrell (No. 26), Lawrence (No. 29), and Simmons (No. 30)
- Kiper has Washington taking Drew Lock at No. 15 but notes the possibility of a trade up. He also has the Giants taking Daniel Jones at No. 17.
- McShay has Washington taking Dwayne Haskins at No. 15 and the Giants landing Lock at No. 17.