It’s officially mock draft season and this upcoming draft is very important for Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles organization. The Eagles are one of the oldest teams in the league and the front office knows that. It’s important to add a combination of both youth/talent onto this roster.
In Howie Roseman’s opening statement, he says the team needs an infusion of youth.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 8, 2020
If you didn’t know already, the Eagles have a boatload of picks (10). Although it’s unlikely they use all 10, a handful of them could be used as ammunition to trade up for a prospect or two. I’m not going to try to predict those trades though.
Take a look at my Eagles Mock Draft 1.0 and let me know what you think!
Round 1 (21). Jalen Reagor – TCU WR
This Eagles offense desperately needs some playmakers at the wide receiver position. Luckily for them, this draft class has one of the deepest/talented pools of receivers in recent memory.
Jalen Reagor, who possesses elite speed and big play ability would make for a nice fit on this Philadelphia roster. He isn’t the biggest receiver by any means (5’11ft 195lbs) but he has the leaping ability to go up and get jump balls.
I wouldn’t rule out a trade up for Henry Ruggs III or Tee Higgins here either.
Round 2 (53). Antoine Winfield Jr. – Minnesota S
Both Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod are in line for new contracts this offseason and bringing both back is unlikely. Winfield Jr, the son of former NFL standout Antoine Winfield Sr., is an absolute playmaker at the safety position.
Round 3 (85). Solomon Kindley, Georgia IOL
With retirement rumors swirling around Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks going down with another serious injury and etc., it’s important for the Eagles to address their offensive line with some youth.
Kindley went toe to toe with some of the best and was responsible for paving the way for a lot of talented Georgia RBs over the past few seasons.
Round 3 (comp). Donovan Peoples-Jones – Michigan WR
The Eagles address their receiving core again here in the form of Donovan Peoples-Jones. Possessing excellent size and athleticism for a NFL receiver, DPJ is an intriguing prospect. Not only was he one of Michigan’s top receivers over his 3yr collegiate career but he also contributed as the primary punt returner as well.
Round 4. Alex Highsmith – Charlotte EDGE
Whether you like it or not, Howie and the Eagles are always going to be addressing the defensive line. Highsmith is a high motored pass rusher that ranked 4th in the nation in sacks (14).
Round 4 (comp). Markus Bailey – Purdue LB
The Eagles have been shorthanded at linebacker for quite some time now. After seeing Jordan Hicks have a career year in Arizona just a season after leaving Philadelphia, The Eagles should be motivated in finding a competent replacement.
Although he isn’t the most athletic linebacker, Bailey does quite well in coverage and is a sure tackler in space. He’d be able to step in and contribute right away for a sub par Eagles LB unit.
Round 4 (comp). Calvin Throckmorton – Oregon OL
If you want to talk about versatility, Throckmorton has played at least 1 snap at every spot along Oregon’s offensive line during his collegiate career. This is another selection that builds up the Eagles depth on the offensive line.
Round 5. Levonta Taylor – Florida State S/CB
This is a high upside pick for Philadelphia as Taylor was once the top rated DB coming out of high school a few years ago. Although he’s a bit undersized, Taylor possesses great instincts and technique in coverage. For a sub-par Eagles secondary, he’s worth the risk this late.
Round 5 (Patriots). Anthony Gordon – Washington State QB
If the past few seasons has taught us anything, it’s that having a competent backup at Quarterback is very important down the stretch of a long season. It’s time the Eagles start grooming one of their own and Washington State’s Anthony Gordon is an ideal prospect to do that with.
Gordon put up some remarkable numbers during his senior campaign at Washington State throwing for over 5,000 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Round 6 (Falcons). Jaron Bryant – Fresno State CB
This late in the Draft, you’re going for more upside than anything. Bryant possesses great size and length at the cornerback position. A sure tackler in open space, he seems like an ideal fit in a Jim Schwartz defensive scheme.
Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
You can follow him on Twitter @darealjlaw.