Draft season is one of the most exciting yet annoying times of the year for football fans. After going a couple of months with out football it is refreshing to be talking about it again.
For weeks, I have seen the same “writers” put out mock drafts week after week, some have even released double digits. It gets to the point where they throw shit at a wall and hope it sticks. Mock drafts are fun to read, I get it, but my problem comes from people that release new ones constantly and make picks that are utterly ridiculous.
All of that being said, I want to release one mock draft, it will be our mock draft and we will stand by our picks. We are not taking potential trades in to account.
Round 1 (14) – Reuben Foster (LB)
If a top 10 talent is available at pick 14, you draft the top 10 talent. The mistake that has plagued the Eagles in the past is drafting for need opposed to best player available. Reuben Foster is an absolute freak. The reigning Butkus award winner was the best player on the best defense in the nation. On the field, he plays angry, he has no friends on the field, he treats everyone has enemies. If he is available, he will most certainly be the best player available and also fill a position of need. He is an ideal 4-3 OLB, imagining Foster on the field with Hicks and Bradham must have Jim Schwartz drooling. Of course there are reasons a player with that skill set would fall to the mid first. He had a torn rotator cuff that was surgically repaired in February, he was sent home early from the combine for getting in to a heated argument with a hospital worker, and he had a diluted drug test at the combine. Whichever team drafts Foster has to feel really comfortable with him. Every year, top prospects fall in the draft for one reason or another and it is time that the Eagles take a chance on one. The Cowboys did well with La’el Collins and possibly Jaylon Smith (he team is optimistic but he still has not played yet), the Dolphins took a chance on Tunsil last year, and the Cardinals hit the Jackpot with Tyrann Mathieu. Ideally I would like to go corner back here (maybe White from LSU) but this will be an automatic difference maker for the next 10 years, a good front-7 makes it easier for the secondary.
Round 2 (43) – Adoree’ Jackson (CB)
A first round talent that will make the secondary instantly better. A corner back, returner, and wide receiver from USC is a play maker. I know, the last time we drafted someone high from USC it has not exactly worked out, but lets hope this is a different story. Adoree’ has the talent, athleticism, and statistics to go in the first round so why do I think he will be available in the second? Size. In the NFL he is expected to line up against men, not boys, and at 5’10 he is already at a disadvantage. Yes, regardless of what anyone tells you, size.always.matters. Having someone 5’10 on the outside does worry me a little bit but we are talking about a track athlete with the instincts of defensive back and the hands of a wide receiver. With how offensive-heavy this team went in free agency, the defense has to be addressed at some point, right?
Round 3 (99) – D’onta Foreman (RB)
The Running back position needs to be talked about for a second. Just about every one in Philadelphia is sick of Ryan Mathews, no one feels comfortable progressing with Wendell Smallwood as the feature back and Darren Sproles has one year left. Foreman just turned 21 a few days ago so right now time is on his side. He has started only one season in College and went for 2200 yards. He has decent size at 6’0 234 lb, and decent speed at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash. Foreman is a tough player whose legs never stop moving, he can run through you and even around you. He is a starter-caliber player we can get in the 3rd who would be a lot of fun to watch,
Round 4 (119) – Sidney Jones (CB)
Okay, this may be a bit of a stretch (it is a complete stretch). Sidney Jones should be getting drafted in the first round until a serious leg injury he suffered on his pro day has him sidelined until at least September. Jones can still go in the first but he can also fall as low a s the 4th, this is a very questionable prospect. In the 4th round, this is an absolute no brainer, the issue is not only will he potentially miss regular season games but he will miss all of training camp and valuable preseason reps. Not only is there the concern about WHEN he comes back but will he return to 100% and how likely is it for re-injury to occur. Yet again he could be gone by our second pick but a guy can dream.
Round 4 (139) – Isaiah Ford (WR)
With the attention paid to the receiver position in free-agency, we could still use an other body. Ford has good size, good hands and has broken several Virginia Tech receiving records. This is a great value pick at 139.
Round 5 (155) – Tyrell Crosby (OT)
Seeing the name “Crosby” linked to Philadelphia is enough to make half of the city cringe. Offensive line depth is something that needs to be addressed especially since we do not know ho much of Jason Peters’ we have left. Protecting Wentz has to be a big concern because the success of the franchise is contingent on the health of our franchise cornerstone.
Round 6 (194) – Kyle Fuller (Center)
We do not know how much longer we have of Jason Kelce, he is a smart and athletic center but his size just is not cutting it as he is getting bulldozed play after play. Fuller, not to be confused with the scrub CB from the Bears, has good size at 6’5 307, he is built like a rock. It is good to add bodies to the position before we either cut or trade Kelce.\
Round 7 (230) – Brian Allen (CB)
How bad are our corner backs? The Eagles need to draft 3 to make the position somewhat respectful. We need to help Mills out. Allen is a raw prospect, he is great size at 6’3 and ran a 4.38 40 yard dash. He is a recently converted wide receiver who does not have a lot of experience at corner so that may cause him to slip to the 7th.