Free-Agency has come to its stagnant stage. There’s still a few interesting names out there but teams, agents, and players are waiting for some dominoes to fall before making anymore moves. Which brings full attention to the draft.
A lot has changed since I last put out a mock. Darius Slay is now an Eagle, we saw the front office stand pat on a handful of receivers via free agency and trade, and a number of former Eagles signed elsewhere.
Of course a lot of things could and probably will come to fruition in both the free agent and trade markets but that’s hard to project. As things stand now, we have clearer vision in terms of what Philadelphia may do come draft night. I’ve put together my Mock Draft 3.0 below. Let me know what you think!
21. Justin Jefferson, WR LSU
No surprise here. Jefferson has been heavily mocked to the Eagles for the past month and I’m going to keep that trend going. In my eyes, he’s the #4 WR in the draft behind the other obvious 3. If Philadelphia decides to stay put at #21, he seems like the right pick.
Jefferson has produced big time numbers for LSU over the past two seasons. With the ability to play on both the outside and the slot, he offers versatility for a crippled Eagles receiving core.
53. Marlon Davidson, EDGE Auburn
We’ve seen the Yannick rumors floating around, even the Clowney ones. The fact of the matter is that Howie and company are always looking to beef up their defensive line.
Davidson is a very intriguing prospect. Listed by some as more of an interior guy, Davidson has the skill-set to excel as an EDGE rusher at the next level as well.
103. K.J. Hill, WR Ohio State
As you could probably guess, I have the Eagles double dipping at WR here. He may not be the most talked about name when it comes to this class but K.J. Hill is as good as they come.
He’s the all-time leader in catches at The Ohio State University, which is no easy task. Watching him on tape, he reminds me a ton of Jarvis Landry. His pristine route running and reliable hands make him a Quarterback’s best friend.
127. Damien Lewis, G LSU
Just like the d-line, it’s always important to address the offensive line. Jason Peters and Big V are out the door which calls for attention.
Lewis, although an interior lineman, is my pick here. A former JUCO product, Lewis excelled in the run blocking game for LSU last year. Although there are some concerns over his mobility, he projects as a solid starter down the road.
145. Justin Strnad, LB Wake Forest
Yes, the Eagles need to address their LB unit and ideally you’d want to do that before pick #145 but Strnad is no slouch.
I like his fit in Philadelphia due to his range and explosiveness. He has great coverage ability at the LB position and is able run sideline to sideline with the best of them.
146. Julian Blackmon, S Utah
The Eagles have already addressed their secondary a ton this off-season with the acquisitions of Slay and Robey-Coleman, but depth is still a question there.
Blackmon is a very intriguing prospect. Much like what Philadelphia is planning to do with Jalen Mills this season, Blackmon transitioned to safety in 2019 after playing CB the two seasons prior. With the versatility to play multiple spots, he offers a lot of upside value here.
168. Lamical Perine, RB Florida
With Jordan Howard headed to Miami after just 1 season, the Eagles need to look to fill that “power back” role for their 1-2(3?) punch with Sanders and Scott.
Perine has been overlooked due to a lack of volume in carries during his career at Florida. He’s an aggressive north/south runner who also excels as a receiver out of the backfield. You could look at his low usage at the college level as a positive in terms of mileage and NFL lifespan.
190. Cole McDonald, QB Hawaii
To cap off this mock, I have the Eagles addressing their QB room. We know the story around Wentz and his injury history, so it never hurts to invest into some depth.
McDonald is surely a prospect that needs his fair share of development. A big concern for him is his turnover proneness but his arm talent is something that can’t be taught. McDonald could turn into something a few years down the road.
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