Another Super Bowl has come and gone, which means its time to go full swing into the offseason. It also means it’s time for my Eagles only mock draft, V2. I’m changing it up a little bit, but a draft like this should have the Eagles on a path to success within a few years.
Round One: Much like Matt Miller, I now have the Eagles taking Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 13th overall pick. Lynch isn’t my favorite QB in the draft, but given a few years to develop, he has both the size and talent to be a successful NFL QB. The Eagles appear to be attempting to re-create the Reid era, and to do that, they would need to draft a new franchise QB.
Round Two: In this mock, I have the Eagles trading up into the second round. Obviously it’s tough to tell what kind of deal this may be, but something like one of the Eagles 3rd and 5th round picks from this year (they have two of each), and a 4th from next year would probably cause some teams to bite. With this pick, the Eagles take Notre Dame G/C Nick Martin. Nick is the younger brother of 2014 first round pick Zack Martin, who is currently on of the best guards in the league for the Dallas Cowboys (that would be a fun rivalry). Nick isn’t as pro-ready as his brother was, but he’s talented, and should become a very good guard within his first couple seasons.
Round Three: The Eagles have both the 77th and 79th pick in the third round. Let’s say the give up the 79th in a trade, with the 77th overall pick, the Eagles take Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard. Howard is an interesting prospect. His pro-player comparison is Byron Maxwell, and its easy to see why. Howard is a physical corner (sometimes to physical) but he’s got good size and coverage skills. If he’s given protection over the top from a free safety (something that should happen under Schwartz) he’s got the coverage skills, size, and physicality to be a good corner.
Round Four: In this round (the 110th overall pick) I have the Eagles taking SS Jayron Kearse out of Clemson. Kearse is 6’4” and freakishly fast, meaning he’s got the range to play all over the field. He also hits like Brian Dawkins. All that, combined with his knack for forcing turnover makes Kearse an impressive prospect. Obviously his game isn’t perfect, or he wouldn’t drop to the fourth round, but with the help Cory Undlin, Kearse could develop into one of the best safeties in the league.
Round Five: Like with my original mock draft, I have the Eagles taking DT Matt Ioannidis from Temple. Good size, and the need to add depth along the defensive line makes Ioannidis a good, safe pick. He should serve as a quality back-up before eventually pushing for playing time.
Round Six: Referring back to my old draft, the Eagles take OT Tyler Johnstone. Physically, this dude is a monster, coming in at 6-6 and 295 pounds. He’s also got great quickness for a guy his size. His technique could use a little refining, but a couple of years spend behind Peters and the Johnson should help make him an eventual quality starter.
Round Seven: The Eagles have two seventh round picks this year, and with the first one they should take OG Eric Mac Lain. Mac Lain was a 4-star tight end prospect coming out of high school, but made the switch to OT when Clemson suffered a lot of injuries on the O-line. Mac Lain is a raw prospect, but given time to develop would turn into a quality guard.
Round Seven: With their last pick in the 2016 draft, I have the Eagles taking WR Dom Williams out of Washington State. There’s not too much to say about Williams. He’s got good hands, and good size, but a pass happy offense at WU skewed his stats some. He’ll go in the 7th round for a reason.
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