Eagles Mock Draft
Draft week is finally upon us as the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles head into Dallas with a lot of rumors currently circling the team. General Manager Howie Roseman has been adamant about adding more picks. Currently, the Eagles only have six draft picks and none are in the second or third round. In addition, talks have suggested that the team could potentially trade out of the first round to acquire more picks. Earlier in the week, it was mentioned that Sony Michel could also be on the Eagles radar in the first round. In this mock draft, the selections are made with the current picks the Eagles have and does not involve any trades. Without further ado, the Eagles are on the Clock with the 32nd pick in our PSN mock draft.
Round 1 Pick 32; LSU Star Derrius Guice
It’s no secret that the Eagles have been enticed by Guice. The Eagles held a formal meeting with the 20-year-old back at the NFL combine along with flying down to LSU to work him out. The team also hosted him on a pre-draft visit and have had a first-round grade on him. Guice becomes the first Eagles running back selected in the first round since 1986. By selecting the LSU running back, the Eagles would add a powerful runner between the tackles as well as a guy who can break off home run plays. Jay Ajayi is entering a contract year and it appears likely he is a Free agent next season. Furthermore, this allows Guice to step in and take on a featured role and be the workhorse the Eagles have wanted in the backfield.
Every touchdown by Derrius Guice from the 2016 season. pic.twitter.com/PsClCvuRiZ
— James Simpson (@JS_Football) April 1, 2018
Round 4 Pick 130; North Carolina Versatile Cornerback M.J. Stewart
After not having a day two pick the Eagles are back for a very busy day three that features five picks. With the First of two fourth-round picks, the Eagles select North Carolina’s, M.J Stewart. Stewart has the versatility that the Eagles love in their defensive backs and has experience at both corner and safety. He has spent the last two years starting at corner and in 2017 earned All-ACC honorable mentions. Stewarts ability to play corner or safety and his willingness to tackle should make it easy to find a home in the Eagles secondary.
I've liked MJ Stewart for a few years and he's having himself quite the day so far. Solid nickel CB prospect. pic.twitter.com/IQnVpbMmVn
— Corner Handbook Out Now (@NFLFilmStudy) September 9, 2017
Round 4 Pick 132; Washington Return Ace Dante Pettis
With their second fourth-round pick the Eagles add depth to their receiving core by adding Washington’s Dante Pettis. Pettis broke DeSean Jackson’s PAC 12 punt returned touchdown record. He would finish the season with nine which set a new NCAA record. While excelling on punts Pettis is also a threat as a receiver. Over the course of his four-year career with the Huskies, Pettis caught 163 passes for 2256 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best season came in 2016 when he reeled in 15 touchdowns. In 2017 Pettis earned First Team All Pac 12 honors as a receiver and a returner. The would immediately provide the Eagles with a punt returner and depth at the receiver position. Furthermore, the 22-year-old is viewed as one of the better route runners in the class.
Dante Pettis leads by example with crafty playmaking skills and speed. With @UW_Football he:
👉 Broke the NCAA record with 9 touchdown punt returns
👉 Tallied 33 career touchdown receptions pic.twitter.com/ZxxiMxwc6n
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) April 22, 2018
Round 5 Pick 169; Central Michigan Tight End Tyler Conklin
In round five the Eagles address the tight end position by selecting Central Michigan’s Tyler Conklin. Conklin had a breakout season in 2016 season for Central Michigan reeling in 42 catches for 560 yards and six touchdowns. In 2017 he was slowed by offseason foot surgery but returned to start eight games posting a line of 35/504/5. While the Eagles did sign tight end Richard Rodgers to a one year deal Conklin could be a long-term fix. The Central Michigan tight end has shown good blocking ability and has the ability to stretch the field. While there is expected to be an opportunity for Billy Brown to emerge the selection of Conklin provides depth for the Eagles in the departures of Brent Celek and Trey Burton.
TE # 2 today is CMU's Tyler Conklin (6'4, 240). There w Goedert/Hurst/Wilson for best rec TE in 18' class. Tons of highlight catches w great body control & hands – couple amazing 1 hand plays. CMU doesn't use him inline often to block. More WR type. Similar to Njoku. Nice talent. pic.twitter.com/PDc4hFstH3
— Jake Burns (@jake_burns18) November 16, 2017
Round 6 Pick 206; UCLA Standout Linebacker Kenny Young
With the 206th pick, the Eagles select UCLA linebacker, Kenny Young. The Eagles met with Young during the NFL combine and he would provide depth for the unit. Young was very productive over the course of his UCLA career accumulating 304 tackles 22 for loss and 6.5 sacks. During his senior season, he racked up 110 tackles and earned first-team all PAC 12 honors. At the combine, he ran a 4.6 forty time and displayed a 36-inch vertical leap. Young finished his UCLA career 13th on the all-time tackles list.
With 15 tackles Kenny Young into 13th place on the all-time @UCLAFootball tackles list.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) November 27, 2017
Round 7 Pick 250; Ole Miss Offensive Lineman Rod Taylor
To close out the draft the Eagles address the offensive line by going with Mississippi Lineman Rod Taylor. Taylor started every game for the Rebels at right tackle during the 2017 season. While playing at both tackle spots he also has experience playing at the guard position. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked with him during the Combine and Taylor showed well. His ability to play both tackle and guard spots would provide the Eagles with a versatile option along the line.
Dawson Knox blocks the edge, Rod Taylor (lead blocker) gets to the next level and finishes it off. Result a 64-yard touchdown for Jordan Wilkins. pic.twitter.com/gEbSnNY5ic
— Ben Garrett (@SpiritBen) November 19, 2017
This completes our Eagles mock draft. Feel free to comment below with any possible trades or other players the Eagles should be targeting. It should be an exciting weekend in Dallas as the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway.
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