The 2018 TSJ NFL Mock Draft Is Here
With just over a month until the NFL draft, the NFL offseason is indeed in full swing. As of right now the Philadelphia Eagles currently possess six draft picks in the upcoming draft. I’m sure General Manager Howie Roseman will look to add to that. With the first week of free agency over the Eagles did most of their damage through trades. The NFL Mock Draft is here and it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Good teams build through the draft, and the Eagles will look to continue with that success. With that said we are unveiling our first Eagles TSJ NFL Mock Draft. Taking into account the teams recent moves these players could help contribute right away for the Super Bowl champions.
Round One Pick 32: Wide Receiver Christian Kirk
With the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Christian Kirk. From Texas, A&M Kirk would fill a need in the Eagles offense. With the loss of receiver Torrey Smith, the Eagles need a receiver with speed who can line up across from Alshon Jeffery.
Kirk ran a 4.47 40 time at the NFL Combine and put up high production at Texas A&M. In three seasons he finished with 2,856 receiving yards 234 catches and 26 touchdowns. Also, Kirk also can provide on special teams as he finished with seven return touchdowns in his career.
Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk posted a 4.47 40 today. Route running skill set in the slot. Check out the inside double-move here vs. LSU… pic.twitter.com/MynSCQweg9
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 3, 2018
Round Four Pick 130: Running Back Royce Freeman
For now, Philadelphia do not have picks in either rounds two or three. They do have two fourth-round selections at 130 and 132 due to the Sam Bradford trade with Minnesota. With the first of these selections, the Eagles look to add depth to the running back group with Oregon’s Royce Freeman. Freeman was as consistent as they come as he topped 1,000 yards in three out of his four seasons with the Ducks.
Furthermore, Freeman finished his career with 5,621 rushing yards which rank seventh in FBS history. He also totaled 60 rushing touchdowns which set a new PAC-12 record. With the Eagles losing LeGarrette Blount, Freeman can step in as a short yardage back and can be a excellent balance with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement.
— Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo) December 5, 2017
Round Four Pick 132: Cornerback DJ Reed
The Eagles are back on the clock two picks later and after focusing on offense, it’s time to shift the focus to the defense. The Eagles go with Kansas State cornerback DJ Reed to add to their talented secondary. Reed is a community college transfer and was phenomenal in his two seasons for Bill Snyder’s Wildcats.
With Patrick Robinson signing with the Saints the Eagles currently do not have a slot corner. Reed can come in and compete for the job. Reed recorded 28 pass breakups and seven interceptions in two seasons. In addition to his coverage skills, Reed can also contribute on special teams as he returned both punts and kicks. During his senior season, Reed totaled 1090 yards and two touchdowns.
Round Five Pick 169: Tight End Tyler Conklin
With this selection, the Eagles address another position of need selecting Central Michigan’s Tyler Conklin. Conklin missed time last season due to a Jones fracture but returned to finish the season. With the departures of Brent Celek and Trey Burton, the Eagles are thin at the tight end position.
During his final two seasons, Conklin reeled in 77 catches for 1064 yards and 11 touchdowns. Conklin would compete with Billy Brown for backup duties to Zach Ertz.
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Round Six Pick 206: Safety Natrell Jamerson
With the Eagles losing Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins the Eagles add depth here by selecting Natrell Jamerson from Wisconsin. Jamerson came to Wisconsin as a receiver then transitioned to defensive back.
In his first season starting, he recorded 51 tackles 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. As a result, this would earn him all Big-Ten Honors. Jamerson was also a standout on special teams covering kicks and also returning them.
Round Seven Pick 250: Guard Rod Taylor
With the final selection, the Eagles finish out the 2018 NFL Draft with an offensive lineman selecting Rod Taylor from Ole Miss. Taylor spent four seasons at Ole Miss and started all his senior season for the Tigers. Taylor played at both tackle spots as well as playing right guard. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland would have a new prospect to work with.
Just A Heads Up For All Eagles Fans
Finally, that completes our TSJ NFL Mock Draft. Another NFL Mock Draft will be released closer to the draft and will be updated if the Eagles are able to acquire more picks.
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