Friday, July 31, 2015

More mocks: Who will the Eagles take?

Will the Eagles go cornerback with the 24th pick? What about safety, or offensive lineman? With the first round just three days away, here's a roundup of the latest mock drafts.

More mocks: Who will the Eagles take?

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Will the Eagles target Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey in the first round? (Michael Conroy / AP Photo)
Will the Eagles target Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey in the first round? (Michael Conroy / AP Photo)

I rounded up a bunch of these on Friday, but with the real thing just days away, several mock drafts have been updated in the last 48 hours.

Before I get to those, though, don't forget to check out our special draft section. And a reminder about our special draft event at McFadden's on Tuesday night.

Much more draft chatter later, but here are the mocks:

ESPN.com's network of divisional bloggers teamed together for a mock draft. The Eagles ended up with Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson:

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The Eagles can't believe their good fortune when the Packers take a project player in front of them. There's a chance Wilson immediately takes over for Sheldon Brown as a starter. The Cowboys were hoping he'd keep sliding.

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Maurkice Pouncey, guard/center from Florida:

The Eagles have 11 picks in this draft and can afford to take the best player available, or use some picks to move up the draft board. Andy Reid has never hesitated to take linemen in the first round, and Pouncey gives him a guard-center type who could be blocking for Kevin Kolb for his whole career.

Kirwan actually mocks the first three rounds. He has the Birds taking South Florida safety Nate Allen at No. 37, TCU linebacker Daryl Washington at No. 55, Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks at No. 70 and Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins at No. 87.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com gives the Eagles USC safety Taylor Mays:

When the Eagles let Brian Dawkins go last season, they lost a great deal of leadership and physicality. The team acknowledged as much by signing Marlin Jackson in free agency. But he also has a history of knee issues and has never been a standout at cornerback or safety. Mays might not replace Dawkins' presence in the locker room, but his big-hitting ability would bring toughness to what was a soft defense at times last season.

Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com has the Eagles taking Wilson. CBSSports.com's Clark Judge gives them Idaho guard Mike Iupati:

He shouldn't fall this far, but he could. If that happens, Eagles pounce. Andy Reid is always interested in linemen.

And Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Eagles selecting Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty:

They are looking for a replacement for Sheldon Brown, who they traded to Cleveland. The Eagles are good at filling holes.

Yahoo's Shutdown Corner has the Eagles taking Mays:

Mays is a great pick for a team in an obvious state of rebuilding. While his physical gifts — start with 4.3 speed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds — are incredible, he needs development in a few areas. There are legitimate questions about his ability to cover in space and transition from intermediate to deep coverage. Early on, he may be best served in a rover role, spending more time near the line and closing in on short stuff. If he can add specific coverage skills to his current portfolio, watch out.

WalterFootball.com has the Eagles going with Wilson:

Kyle Wilson is one of the better players available at this juncture. He'll be the pick if the Steelers, Texans and Packers pass on him.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post gives the Eagles USC defensive end Everson Griffen:

The Eagles still have questions along their defensive line. Griffen gives them an explosive, powerful lineman who can rush off the edge.


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