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2024 Mock Draft 3.0: Week 5 Edition

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Time for another installment of my mock draft series I do every year. This is primarily for my folks over at the BGN Discord, but you BGN folk are pretty cool too. Let's get into it:

Round 1, Pick 30: Chop Robinson (EDGE) (Penn State)

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Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255 lbs | Prospect Rank: #28

Strengths:

  • Explosive first step as a pass rusher.
  • Relentless motor.
  • Strength at point of attack is a plus.
  • Ability to drop in coverage.
  • Gives 100% on every down.

Concerns:

  • Identifying run keys.
  • Block deconstruction.
  • Pass rush repertoire.

Reasoning:

The Eagles currently have a wealth of pass rushers at their disposal, and one of the league's best defensive lines. However, both Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett are free agents this offseason. Not to mention, both Josh Sweat and Haason Reddick are only signed through 2024. You can never have too many guys getting after the quarterback, and Robinson would be another highly touted prospect to add into the mix.

NFL Comparison: Shaq Barrett

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Round 2, Pick 50: Sedrick Van Pran (IOL) (Georgia)

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Height: 6-4 | Weight: 310 lbs | Prospect Rank: #47

Strengths:

  • High football IQ, can read defenses and make adjustments.
  • Currently excels in a zone blocking scheme.
  • Mauler in the run game, plays with a nasty disposition.
  • Athletically gifted, super strong at the point of attack.
  • NFL ready footwork and hand technique.
Concerns:
  • Short arms.
  • Slightly less adept as a pass blocker.
  • Has a hard time mirroring quickness.
Reasoning:

First of all, through Jeff Stoutland anything is possible, so jot that down. Secondly, it's very much like Howie Roseman to continuously invest draft resources in the lines. That said, Jason Kelce is expected to retire any season now, and there's no guarantee Tyler Steen makes the adjustment to right guard. Which means there's still a hole to fill on the interior of the line. That's where Van Pran fits in. In similar fashion to when Philly drafted Landon Dickerson, Sedrick Van Pran is a center by trade who could make the switch to guard, or stay at center if Jurgens is better suited where he's currently at.

NFL Comparison: Aaron Banks

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Round 2, Pick 62: Tyler Nubin (S) (Minnesota)

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Height: 6-2 | Weight: 210 lbs | Prospect Rank: #68

Strengths:

  • Premiere deep safety with great field vision.
  • Good hands and ball skills (11INTs in 4 seasons).
  • Elite downfield speed, can punish a receiver turning upfield.
  • Tall-framed, sturdy, long arms.
  • Experienced in both deep zone and in the box.
Concerns:
  • Sometimes whiffs trying to make a big hit instead of just wrapping up.
  • Cut speed is average, might struggle against quick receivers.
  • Not well versed in man coverage.
Reasoning:

The Eagles are getting great play out of their UDFA revelation in Reed Blankenship, and Sydney Brown was playing pretty well before injury. But both Justin Evans and Terrell Edmunds are 1-year rentals. In case Sydney isn't the jelly to Reed's peanut butter, it would be smart to shore up the position with some more elite athletic talent as the defensive backfield gets older.

NFL Comparison: Grant Delpit

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Round 4, Pick 97: Jamon Dumas-Johnson (LB) (Georgia)

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Height: 6-1 | Weight: 235 lbs | Prospect Rank: #114

Strengths:

  • Rangy defender with good lateral quickness.
  • Instinctive when it comes to locating the ball.
  • Excellent feel for working off blockers and countering.
  • Effective in pursuit.
  • Can drop into coverage.
Concerns:
  • Lacks the functional strength to be much of a pass rusher.
  • Can get washed away in zone run plays.
  • Small for an inside linebacker.
Reasoning:

No reason to stop reaching into the well when it comes to Georgia defenders, it's worked out pretty well so far. The Eagles are getting solid linebacker play from both Zach Cunningham and Nick Morrow, but Nakobe Dean is viewed as the future of the position, and right there there's nobody projected to start next to him in Kyzir's old position. Dumas-Johnson is another athletic Georgia Bulldog, and excels in the same structure that made Kirby Smart's defense otherworldly.


NFL Comparison: Derrick Barnes

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Round 5, Pick 136: Ja'Corey Brooks (WR) (Alabama)

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Height: 6-2 | Weight: 196 lbs | Prospect Rank: #141

Strengths:

  • Enormous catch radius.
  • Strong hands and competitive, can high-point a ball.
  • Above average downfield ball tracking skills.
  • Uses his size to fight his way off the line of scrimmage.
Concerns:
  • Lacks the speed to burn defenders.
  • Not adept as a blocker on screens.
  • Can get lost in traffic.
Reasoning:

The Eagles bring one of the league's best wide receiver duos to the table, but have been searching for consistency at WR3. Quez Watkins offers elite speed, but is hardly the reliable type, and Olamide Zaccheaus is a 1-year contract who only sees the field on select downs. Why not double dip at Wide Receiver U and see if they can develop a high ceiling prospect in Brooks? The need for worthwhile contribution will be low as the 5th or 6th option on offense. But a reliable pair of hands would be nice.


NFL Comparison: Russell Gage

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Round 5, Pick 143: Devin Neal (RB) (Kansas)

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Height: 5-11 | Weight: 210 lbs | Prospect Rank: #155

Strengths:

  • Natural pass catcher, lines up in the slot.
  • Has the size and strength to pass protect.
  • Outstanding vision and burst.
  • Dangerous in the open field.
Concerns:
  • Lacks the speed to be a homerun threat.
  • Can get happy feet at the line.
  • Will often bounce outside looking for a bigger play, rather than taking what he can get.
Reasoning:

D'Andre Swift has been a revelation at the running back position for Philly, and the coaching staff seems like Kenneth Gainwell. Rashaad Penny is likely gone after the season since he rarely sees the field anyway, and Boston Scott as been less and less effective every year. Neal would be a great change of pace back with the ability to receive out of the backfield.


NFL Comparison: Corey Clement