Eagles mock draft roundup
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Eagles mock draft roundup
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
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Here's a roundup of some recently released mock drafts:
Evan Silva and Josh Norris of Rotoworld have the Eagles taking USC defensive end Nick Perry at No. 15:
After retaining DeSean Jackson with the franchise tag, the Eagles are without a singular pressing need. Pass rushers are always welcomed by the organization, though, and Perry fits the Philly mantra as an explosive sack artist who flies off the edge. The Eagles can't count on knee-troubled former first-round pick Brandon Graham, and Darryl Tapp may be released ahead of his April 11 roster bonus. Perry would give the Birds another wave rusher behind Jason Babin and Trent Cole.
It's worth noting that they have Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly slipping all the way to No. 32 and the Giants.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Kuechly:
Kuechly measured in at 242 pounds and ran two 40s in the 4.5-range, exceeding scouts’ expectations in both areas. He also looked fluid in coverage drills, which would make him the three-down defensive leader the Eagles have lacked the past few seasons.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com thinks it'll be Kuechly too:
Philadelphia may be perfectly positioned to nab the most productive linebacker in recent college football history. More decorated than a wedding cake, Kuechly is the reigning Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott Impact Trophy Award winner and has more career tackles (532) than any other linebacker in the country. That's saying something considering he's leaving after his junior season. By running in the 4.5s, according to some stopwatches, at the Combine, Kuechly proved he's not just as the most instinctive linebacker in the draft, he's one of the most athletic.
Albert Breer of NFL Network has the Eagles going with Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe:
If there's an issue with Jim Washburn's defensive line, it's that the group's a little light. Poe solves that problem. And then some.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com has the Eagles taking Kuechly:
There were questions about his speed heading into the combine, but he put those questions to rest with a blazing 4.5 40-yard dash. He’s been compared to Sean Lee, without the durability and injury issues. Kuechly’s considered a first-day NFL starter. Slate him into that Philly defense and watch out.
And finally, if you missed my most recent draft diary with Kuechly, click here.