4/21: Eagles draft buzz
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4/21: Eagles draft buzz
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
Every day, from now until the draft, I'll round up the latest Eagles buzz on MTC. Here is today's installment.
Today, we round up some newly released mocks. If you missed my post from Friday, here are three thoughts on the Eagles' draft.
Meanwhile, Chad Reuter of NFL.com thinks the Eagles will take a shot on Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe:
Andy Reid doesn't mind taking a chance on a player's upside, and the extremely athletic, 346-pound Poe has as much potential as any player in this draft.
Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com has the Birds going with LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round:
Brockers may not make it past the Chiefs, but if he does, the Eagles will be salivating. Brockers plays with power against the run and while he's not a great pass rusher, the Eagles need a run stuffer much more than another pass rusher.
Caplan has the Eagles landing Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Nebraska LB Lavonte David with their two second-round picks.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com thinks North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples will be the pick:
The Eagles can go a few directions here and there are a lot of talented players still on the board. Coples had a monster 2011 season and a solid combine. He could play defensive end or rush the passer from the outside linebacker spot. A lot of draftniks have him going in the top 10. He could be a steal at 15 for Philly.
Schrager's mock goes three full rounds. He has the Birds taking Cal offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler in the second. In the third, he gives them Arkansas wide receiver/return man Joe Adams.
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. It's worth noting that Lombardi has Jones going ahead of South Carolina defensive end/outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com also has the Birds taking Jones:
The Eagles are still reeling from their decision to bypass Jason Pierre-Paul in favor of Brandon Graham two drafts ago. Graham, selected with Philly's pick at 13, has three sacks through two seasons. Drafted by the division-rival Giants two picks later, Pierre-Paul is a first-team All Pro. While not as explosive off the edge, Jones has some JPPish traits as a long-armed, high-effort pass rusher with loads of "growth potential." He'd be the Eagles' left defensive end of the future.
OurLads.com has the Eagles taking Brockers in the first round:
Brockers will help get push up the middle to force the ball to the edges. Started 14 games in his career. In 2011 had 9.5 tackles for loss. He had 6 tackles in the SEC Championship game vs Georgia.
They've got the Eagles taking Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele and Nebraska LB Lavonte David in the second.
CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
Good news for draft-viewing this year. ESPN and the NFL Network have agreed to not show prospects on the phone in the green room right before they are selected. I think most people often found that practice annoying, spoiling the actual moment when the pick was announced. NFL reporters may still try to "break news" of the pick beforehand, but hopefully, this will allow the suspense to unfold a little bit.