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,
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
Round 2 Pick 57: Parris Campbell
Campbell blazed through the combine with his 4.32 40 time. The Eagles get their new deep threat at pick 57 for Carson Wentz. The Eagles have been looking for game-breaking speed since Desean Jackson. Furthermore, by picking Campbell the Eagles get a young fast receiver and should they choose to move on from Nelson Agholor find his replacement.
Campbell hauled in 90 passes for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. He became the fifth Ohio State receiver to go over 1,000 yards in a season. He furthermore finished the season First-team all-Big Ten.
Round 4 Pick 127: Jalen Jelks
Now in a perfect world, Jelks will be available here but in reality, the Eagles will probably have to trade up to get him. However, I believe Jelks would be an excellent addition. With Michael Bennett heading to New England Jelks comes in as a pass rusher who has versatility. Like Bennett he can play inside or outside on the line and as nice size at 6’6 245.
Jelks finished last season with 3.5 sacks and 57 tackles. Furthermore, by landing Jelks here the Eagles have now added depth to the defensive line and found a starting defensive tackle. The Oregon defensive end is personally one of my favorite prospects in the draft. With this pick, the Eagles can team Jelks with Derek Barnett for a pass rushing duo of the future.
Round 4 pick 138: David Long Jr
It remains to be seen whether or not the Eagles are able to sign CJ Mosley or Kwon Alexander. Whether they sign one of them or choose to stick with Jordan Hicks it never hurts to have depth. The Eagles get that here by selecting West Virginia linebacker David Long Jr.
Long was a leader for the Mountaineers on defense. He finished last season with 111 tackles and eight sacks. He furthermore was named first-team all-Big 12. In addition to that, he was the Big-12 defensive player of the year. Long is a tackling machine and adds depth to a unit that will need it. Similarly to how Hicks turned out to be a mid-round gem Long has that same ability.
Round 5 Pick 163: Alex Bars
You can never have enough linemen. With Jeff Stoutland as one of the games best, he can develop Bars, while he won’t have to contribute right away.
Bars suffered a season-ending injury five games in but had an outstanding game against Michigan. Bars was a captain last season and started five games. However, looking at his 2017 shows why Bars would be a great addition to the line. He started all 13 games and allowed just one sack and one quarterback hit. Back in 2016 he helped pave the way for Josh Adams. At 6’6 315 Bars has nice size and would develop into a nice interior option for the Birds.
Round 6 Pick 197: Isaiah Johnson
Here the Eagles finally address the secondary. While a lot of mock drafts have the Eagles taking a corner in round one here the Eagles find a nice late round addition in Johnson.
Johnson has incredible size and length at 6’2 208. At the
Round 6 pick 208: KeeSean Johnson
With the last pick in this Eagles mock draft, the birds round out the 2019 draft by drafting Fresno State wide receiver
Johnson helped guide the Bulldogs to a Moutain West Championship. The California native had 95 catches for 1,340 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named second-team All-Moutain West selection. Furthermore, Johnson became the Bulldogs all-time leader in receptions (275) and receiving yards with 3,463. As a result, for the third straight year, Johnson led the Bulldogs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Above all else, this is a great late round selection as Johnson can provide the Eagles with depth and in a season or two become a contributor.
Well, there you have it for the first Pro Sports Notes Eagles mock draft of 2019. Finally, make sure to let us know below your thoughts on who the Eagles should or should not draft.
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