Posted April 18, 2014

Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Tracker

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Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Jason Verrett, TCU

Jason Verrett, TCU (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

What will the Philadelphia Eagles do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 22: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

We said: DeSean Jackson is over in Washington after an ugly falling out with the Eagles. Chip Kelly wastes little time finding his replacement in the dynamic Cooks, a burner capable of doing it all from the receiver position. Cooks is the type of player who should thrive within Kelly’s system.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 22: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

We said: Beckham features both DeSean Jackson‘s burst and elusiveness, as well as the added element of being dangerous in the return game. There are defensive needs for a pass-rushing end or cornerback that could take precedent in Philly, but Chip Kelly is running this show, and he likes offense. What better way to turn the page on the Eagles’ Jackson era than by replacing him with a younger and hopefully better version?

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 22: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

We said: Chip Kelly’s Eagles have already let DeSean Jackson walk, and guard Evan Mathis, one of the NFL’s best at his position, might be next — according to several rumors — because he wants a new contract. If Mathis is indeed on his way out, there’s no better option in the draft than Su’a-Filo, one of the most physically imposing and nasty guards I’ve seen in the last decade. An outstanding technician, Su’a-Filo gets under the pads of defenders and rocks them back on a regular basis, frequently adding hits at the whistle to emphasize his point. He has the movement skills to play in any system, and the intelligence to pull it off at the NFL level. If he lasts until the 22nd pick (and I’m of the opinion that he shouldn’t), the Eagles would have their Mathis replacement right here.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 22: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

We said: You don’t think Chip Kelly will pass on a potential Pro Bowl receiver, do you? One way or another, the Eagles appear ready to move on from DeSean Jackson, leaving them searching for another game-breaker on offense. Beckham has a lot of the same traits that Philadelphia used to love in Jackson — his explosiveness being chief among them.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 22: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

We said: The Eagles have a bunch of good choices at No. 22, but they’re all geared toward upgrading the product on defense. Roby or Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller would add a quality cornerback prospect, and that’s where I’m leaning after Philly stocked up at safety in free agency, adding Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos and re-signing Nate Allen. But a defensive end like Missouri’s Kony Ealy or defensive tackles Ra’Shede Hageman and Louis Nix make plenty of sense as well.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 22: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

We said: Philly relied on Trent Cole and Connor Barwin for their pass rush in 2013, but defensive coordinator Bill Davis could use a physically imposing player who works well in Davis’ preferred hybrid fronts. The 6-4, 273-pound Ealy disappears at times, but he’s got enough quickness and overall awareness to get better, and he’s also built up a nice résumé as a deflector of passes at the line.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 22: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

We said: I realize “debaclefest” is not a word, but the Eagles’ current situation at safety is a debaclefest. They may get the expected rookie year-to-Year 2 bump from Earl Wolff, but the need is there for another playmaker. Say hello to Pryor, whose smash-mouth style would make him an instant favorite in Philadelphia.

Round 2, pick 54: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

We said: Landry came up hobbling at the combine, which could push him out of the first tier of receivers … and work to Philadelphia’s advantage.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 22: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

We said: The Eagles could lose receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin in free agency, but this is a deep draft for receivers, and the sense is that Philly’s defense will get the attention in the first round. At No. 22, the Eagles are picking right around where a late-round run on cornerbacks might begin, and that’s not a bad development since Chip Kelly’s club could use some cover help. Unless there’s an edge rusher the Eagles are sold on (Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is a name to keep track of), Gilbert would add to the overall depth of the secondary and give the Eagles one of the top two cover men in the draft. If a safety like Louisville’s Calvin Pryor gets past Green Bay at No. 21, he’d be an even more attractive option.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 22: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: Similarly, as Chip Kelly’s offense comes together in its second NFL season, pass coverage will be at a premium. Verrett would be a great addition to Billy Davis’ aggressive defense. He can trail receivers, will undercut routes with aplomb and is tough enough to provide run support.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 22: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

We said: The Eagles defense improved greatly as the year progressed, but it still finished dead last in the league against the pass. Dennard’s the only corner off the board so far, leaving Philadelphia its choice of impact players. Verrett is not far behind Dennard — and some might argue he’s actually the best CB in this class.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 20: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

We said: Merely sliding up a cornerback here. Dennard was a Lion as of Mock 3.0, but with the Eagles’ pick in that first draft now up at No. 17, to Chicago, Philadelphia nabs the Spartan instead. He’s just what Philadelphia needs: an aggressive, physical cornerback capable of playing in man coverage.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 10: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

We said: Mariota is the rather obvious match here — he played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and is thriving in the offense Kelly left behind. The MMQB’s Greg Bedard reminded us, though, that Kelly recruited Manziel partially because Johnny Football played in a high school offense similar to Kelly’s attack. This one would be a lot of fun if it happened.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 9: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

We said: Renowned QB guru Steve Clarkson said that Hundley would have been the top pick in the 2013 draft, had he been eligible. It’s hard to argue, given the skills on this 6-3 QB. Another year like his freshman campaign (3,745 yards passing, 38 total touchdowns) should push Hundley to the draft.


Pretty amusing ... "we said" an awful lot of things - many of them contradictory.   "Umm ... lemme hold my finger up in the air and see which way the wind is blowing ... today"  ...

Pretty safe bet that barring some improbable drop of a Mike Evans in the draft, that the Birds go with a defensive player.   A pass rusher or DB most likely.

Incidentally, Evan Mathis is not going anywhere.  At least not in 2014.