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  • First edition Eagles mock draft The 2019 NFL draft is next month from April 25th-27th live from Nashville Tennessee. The Eagles will have eight picks. As a result of the teams, late playoff run the Birds will pick 25th overall. Now there are several options that the Eagles can choose from here. Spoiler alert I don’t have the Eagles selecting a cornerback in the first round. So without further ado, let’s get going with this Eagles mock draft. Round 1 Pick 25: Dexter Lawrence The Eagles chose not to pick up Tim Jernigan’s 11 million dollar option and he will become a free agent. Now, this draft is loaded along the defensive line. With their first pick, the Birds go with the 6’4 350-pound defensive tackle to replace Jernigan. Lawrence finished his career with 162 tackles 20 for a loss and 11 sacks. Despite suffering an injury at the combine Lawrence is okay and would be the new big man in town. He comes in as a depth addition behind Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Round 2 pick 53: David Montgomery After addressing the defensive side of the ball in round one here in round two the Eagles go offense and select Iowa States David Montgomery. Montgomery was a force for the Cyclones helping them to an 8-5 record. He finished last season with 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Montgomery also has met with the Eagles at the NFL Combine. While there is talk of the Eagles getting Le’Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman I believe if they miss out on the former Steelers running back it is a position they must address early. If the Eagles acquire either Duke Johnson or Coleman, Montgomery would provide a nice change of pace back with some power. Hence he can be the starting...
  • McShays, mock draft 3.0 On Wednesday, March 6th ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his mock draft 3.0. Now in the first mock draft, he released McShay had the Eagles selecting cornerback Deandre Baker. In his second mock draft, he had Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence going to the Birds at 25. Now in his mock draft, 3.0 McShay is back to the secondary with Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin adding to a talented secondary Now Ya-Sin is a talented corner. During his senior season with the Owls, he totaled 47 tackles 14 passes defended and two interceptions. Before reaching Philly Ya-Sin was a standout for Presbyterian College of the FCS. In 2017 he finished first-team all-Big South starting all 11 games. At 6’2 190 the Temple corner does have the size and length that the Eagles covet in their defensive backs. Furthermore, he played his home games last season in Lincoln Financial Field. While the Georgia native has the size and ability this pick just doesn’t make sense. Why cornerback? Ya-Sin had a very good combine. He ran a 4.51 40 time, had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and finally a broad jump of 120 inches. Furthermore, he impressed in the drills and showed nice ball skills. McShay stated that “We all know the Eagles want to fix the secondary, and while the Philly faithful might be clamoring for Greedy Williams here, I like Ya-Sins’ full skill toolbox. He impressed me at the combine and deserves first-round consideration”. Williams will be long gone and cbssports.com has him as the number 65 overall prospect and seventh rated corner. He will be there into the second maybe even third round and even if the Eagles want to address the secondary there are bigger needs unless say Williams somehow fell to...
  • Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell draft profile Come draft time the Buckeyes usually have several prospects that jump out each year. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins lit it up-setting several Ohio State records at quarterback this season. On the receiving end of a lot of those passes was fellow Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell is a speedster and would provide the Eagles with that deep play threat they need. Mr.1000 The Akron, Ohio native finished his senior season with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the Buckeyes 62-39 blowout of the Wolverines, Campbell had a field day. The 6-foot receiver had six catches for a career-high and school record 192 yards and two touchdowns. That game was one of three games on the year in which Campbell had at least 142 yards. The 90 catches are a school record and Campbell also became just the fifth Buckeye to go over 1,000 yards in a season. As a result, he would finish his career with 143 catches for 1,768 and 15 touchdowns. Furthermore, Campbell would work his way from Third team All-Big 10 in 2016 to Second team in 2017 to finishing his career in 2018 First team All-Big 10. Setting the combine ablaze Campbell showed up to the Combine and did nothing but up his draft stock. The receiver ran a 4.32 40 time which was the fastest time of the day. While finishing his week Campbell weighed in at 6’0 205 pounds and has a 40 inch vertical and an 11’3 inch broad jump. Eagles next deep threat Anytime you run a 4.32 you’re going to turn heads and get people talking. Campbell has to become a more consistent route runner and pass catcher but the potential is there. Until he develops his route tree he looks...
  • Versatile defensive end Jalen Jelks The Oregon Ducks and the Philadelphia Eagles have some history. Mainly everyone’s former favorite head coach who coached the Eagles for three seasons. However, this Oregon Duck is someone who has a chance to make a positive long-lasting effect for the Birds. That person is the versatile defensive end, Jalen Jelks. Strong career for the fighting ducks The 6’6 versatile defensive end spent four years in Oregon and as a result, turned in a pretty impressive career. Jelks would finish with 15 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss and 156 tackles. At 6’6 245 the Arizona native has excellent size and length that NFL teams love in pass rushers. In addition, to the numbers, he would finish his senior season on the coaches PAC-12 All-Conference first-team and Phil Steele Pac-12 All-Conference first-team lists. Furthermore Jelks started all 12 games. The Ducks utilized Jelks at both defensive end and at defensive tackle. With that ability, the Eagles could certainly find a way to utilize his ability. You can never have enough pass rushers This draft is loaded with talent all along the defensive line. In previous years Oregon has produced talents such as Dion Jordan, Arik Armstead, and DeForest Buckner. Guys that have that long twitch and flexibility like Jelks usually don’t last long. The 6’6 Duck could easily be a late round gem for a lucky team. If the Eagles are to land Jelks he as a result, could spend more time at his natural defensive end position getting after the quarterback. Underrated late round gem Jelks was invited to the senior bowl and he certainly took advantage. Keep your eyes on the Ducks defensive end at the NFL combine. A guy like Jelks can turn out to be an underrated gem for the Birds. With...
  • Run stuffer Dexter Lawrence Clemson run stuffer Dexter Lawrence is a big man. At 6’4 350 he is a true clogger in the middle. Defensive tackle is a position that the Eagles could upgrade. Especially if Tim Jernigan leaves in Free Agency. Recently Miami Defensive tackle Gerald Willis was profiled and while he is smaller he certainly is a good option and could be a day one starter as well. With that said just how would Lawrence fit with the Eagles? Anchoring the Tigers defense Lawrence has been producing since the moment he got to Clemson. His freshman year he played 15 games and recorded seven sacks which is a Clemson freshman record. In addition to his 79 tackles, those numbers earned Lawrence ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. That year culminated with Clemson defeating Alabama 35-31 in the National Title game. The North Carolina native finished his career with 162 tackles, 20 for loss and 11 sacks. In 2018 he would be named First-Team All-ACC. With the Help of Lawrence Clemson would make the College Football playoff all three years he was there. Consequently, he was suspended for the 2019 Playoff due to failing a drug test. Eagles D-Line needs Defensive line is a position that the Eagles would love to upgrade. Hence from the edge rushers to the defensive tackles, you can never have enough depth. Jernigan played just 45 snaps last season last year. Furthermore, he is due 11 million dollars this offseason and while the team will try to work something out if not that opens up a starting spot. Whether Jernigan stays or goes drafting Lawrence lands the Eagles with a solid replacement. A man at 350 pounds is hard to move in the middle no matter how you cut it. With...
  • Miami DT Gerald Willis III Draft profile The Eagles are a team that love to have depth on the D-line. Having multiple bodies to rotate in and out to get pressure on the quarterback is the key for Jim Schwartz. Its especially important considering the Eagles aren’t a heavy blitzing team and rely on the front four. Now last season Fletcher Cox was his normal dominant self but he needs help. Tim Jernigan missed most of the year. In addition, Haloti Ngata is a free agent. If the Eagles look to the draft Miami DT Gerald Willis III could be the answer. Becoming a new man Willis III has had a very up and down career. He started out committing to the University of Florida back in 2014. He turned in a solid season but after one season left the program. As a result of leaving due to transfer rules, he sat out the 2015 season. After turning in a great season with the Hurricanes in 2016 he consequently sat out 2017 to deal with some personal demons. In 2018 with the right mindset Willis III would return and become the player many know he can be. Setting the tone for the turnover chain defense In the first game of the season in Jerry World against LSU Willis III put on a show. While Miami would lose the Miami DT was simply unstoppable. The Louisana native finished with eight tackles four for a loss and a sack. This game set the tone for the season for the big man. The Miami DT started all 12 games and finished with 59 tackles four sacks and 18 tackles for loss which as a result, were the most by a Defensive tackle in the country. As a result, he would finish second-team All-ACC...
  • Michigan linebacker Devin Bush draft profile The Eagles are in need of linebacker help. Last season the team released Mychal Kendricks, Paul Worrilow missed the entire season with a torn ACL and Jordan Hicks missed four games. Hicks is expected to test free agency and if he leaves the unit would be pretty thin. That’s where the Michigan Linebacker Bush comes in. If selected he could be a day one starter. The Michigan Linebacker would also learn from one of the games best in Nigel Bradham. Anchoring the nations best defense Michigan had the best defense in College Football in 2018. That didn’t help them against Ohio State but overall they were extremely impressive. As a result, the Wolverines allowed just 19.38 points per game. Bush along with Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich and David Long terrorized opposing offenses. In 2018 the Florida native had 79 tackles and five sacks. In his career, he finished with 194 total tackles with 10 sacks and one interception. Furthermore, the star linebacker was a Consensus All-American in 2018, Big Ten Linebacker of the year in 2018 and First-team All-Big-Ten in 2017 and 2018. All this in addition, to being Linebacker of the year. At 5-11 233 the Florida Native is slightly undersized but he is a force on the field. The next great Eagles linebacker? Jeremiah Trotter, Chuck Bednarik, and Seth Joyner are just a few of the great linebackers in Eagles history. If Bush finds his way to Philly the Eagles couldn’t ask for a better situation. He can play all three downs, cover and would, as a result, give Jim Schwartz some flexibility in his scheme. Make the Eagles defense great The Eagles defense has youth all over and adding a three-down linebacker would add to it. Bradham and Bush patrolling the...
  • Deep threat Hollywood Brown Draft profile Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is one of the top receivers in this year’s draft. With a nickname like Hollywood, you must be doing something right. He’s also the cousin of Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown. Something the Eagles offense has lacked for a while is a consistent deep threat. Nelson Agholor is the closest thing however he is entering a contract year. Should the Eagles choose to move on Brown could be the answer. Nations top receiver? Now think about this. Brown has caught passes from two Heisman trophy winners. The 2018 number one overall pick in Baker Mayfield and another soon to be first-round pick in Kyler Murray. In the last two seasons, Hollywood has been simply electric. As a result, he had 132 receptions for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2017 against Oklahoma State Brown had an Oklahoma school record 265 receiving yards on nine catches and two touchdowns fueling the Sooners to a 62-52 victory against the Cowboys. Furthermore, the Florida native helped Oklahoma reach the College Football playoff in back to back years in 2018 and 2019. Finally, he was named a First-team All-American and named First-team All-Big 12 in 2018. The NFL’s next playmaker The Oklahoma deep threat is a surefire first-round pick in this year’s draft. When watching him you can’t help but notice some Desean Jackson. Jackson, as you know, was the Eagles deep threat receiver for six years. Jackson while in midnight green averaged 17.2 yards per catch. At Oklahoma, the 5’10 receiver averaged a ridiculous 18.3 yards per catch. The Eagles have lacked this kind of game-breaking speed since Jackson left and getting Brown would be a breath of fresh air. Wentz to Hollywood It will be interesting to see just how fast Browns 40...
  • The next great Michigan State running back The Eagles will be in the market for a running back this offseason. Whether it be through the draft or free agency the Birds need to establish the ground game. LeGarrette Blount spent one season in Philly but he was effective and helped wear down defenses en route to a Super Bowl. However, the Eagles lacked his presence last season. Michigan State running back LJ Scott could be that Blount esque type runner that can help the Eagles late in games. Scotts draft profile Now there was a guy by the name of Le’Veon Bell who had a nice career at Michigan State and ended up being drafted in the second round back in 2013 by the Steelers. There are people who see some Bell in Scott’s game. At 6’1 225 Scott is the exact same height and weight as Bell. Now Bell is a proven talent and when on the field is one of the top backs in the NFL. Scott has a ways to go to get to that level but the potential is there. Steady production for the Spartans In four years in East Lansing Scott finished with 610 carries for 2,855 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 43 receptions for 403 yards. Consequently, he never went over 1,000 yards in a season but he did finish with 994 yards in his sophomore season. As a freshman, he found the end zone 11 times including the game-winning touchdown in the BIG-10 Title game sending the Spartans to the first-ever College Football Playoff. Would Scott fit with the Eagles? The Eagles love the committee approach and I could see Scott fitting in very nicely. He has pass-catching ability, can pass protect and is a bruiser that wears on defenses. He...
  • Georgia State receiver Penny Hart Georgia State receiver Penny Hart is a four year senior for the Panthers of the Sun Belt conference. His speed and quickness are what will find him a home in the NFL. A dynamic playmaker he has potential to be a slot receiver with downfield play ability. Furthermore, you can never have enough playmakers and should the Eagles take a chance on Hart he’d be a nice fit for Doug Pederson’s offense. Lighting up the Sun Belt In four seasons Hart finished with 203 catches for 2,960 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a freshman, he had an outstanding season as he caught 72 passes for 1,109 yards. Those numbers were good enough to make him the Sun Belt Freshman of the year and All-Sun Belt first team. Consequently, in 2016 his season was cut short after two games due to a foot injury. However, he would then bounce back in 2017 with 74 catches and 1,121 yards and return to first-team All-Sun Belt. His senior season was a little bit of a disappointment but the playmaking ability is there. Another undersized playmaker? The Eagles already have one undersized playmaker who’s 5’6. If the Eagles were to add the 5’8 Hart they’d be gaining a second. The Georgia State receiver doesn’t let his size stop him. His versatility will be his biggest asset in the NFL. Whether on jet sweeps, kick or punt returns or just an underneath threat Hart could find a home in South Philly. Putting people on notice Due to his body of work, Hart earned a trip to the Senior Bowl. Hart took full advantage and displayed a route running clinic and good hands. Here he is against Delaware safety Nasir Adderley. This is just a sample of what he can do....