Mock roundup: Who will the Eagles take?
Here's a roundup of mock drafts around the country. Most think the Eagles will select a defensive back, defensive end or interior lineman. What do you think?
Mock roundup: Who will the Eagles take?
Before we get started, a few housekeeping notes:
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Now, it's mock draft time.
Here's a roundup of many of the more prominent ones out there, although if I included them all, I'd be writing for days.
If there's a specific site that you think does an exceptional job with these, let me know and I can add them here or in a future post.
SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles going with Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson:
The trade of Sheldon Brown to Cleveland signals that the Eagles will be shopping for a cornerback either at No. 24, or No. 37 (the second-rounder they got from Washington in the Donovan McNabb trade). Jackson is climbing as the draft approaches and USC safety Taylor Mays is tumbling. The Eagles need help at both positions, but it seems more likely they go cornerback in the first round and look for a safety such as USF's Nate Allen early in the second.
ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. also has the Eagles taking Jackson:
There are still some injury question marks around Ellis Hobbs, and with the addition of the 37th pick in the McNabb trade, the Eagles can strengthen their CB group and then add a safety value such as Nate Allen or Major Wright in Round 2 and really upgrade the secondary. Jackson is fluid and displays exceptional anticipation.
ESPN.com's Todd McShay has the Eagles going with Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson:
OLB Sean Weatherspoon and S Taylor Mays are possibilities here but Wilson is our highest-rated remaining player and his skills as a press cover corner would fit well on an Eagles defense that recently traded away Sheldon Brown.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com has the Eagles taking USC safety Taylor Mays:
A year removed from Brian Dawkins’ departure, safety is still a major need in Philly. In Taylor Mays, the Eagles will get a three-time All-American and a playmaker that can contribute right away. Recently signed Marlin Jackson could end up being the opening day starter, but coming off of two major ACL surgeries in two years — is hardly a sure bet.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has the Eagles going with Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end from South Florida:
Although Pierre-Paul is a little raw, he may have more upside than any other prospect in the draft and is a good value at this point.
Chris Steuber of Scout.com has the Eagles drafting Rutgers CB Devin McCourty:
The Eagles need help on defense, especially on the D-Line and in the secondary. There are a few players to consider, but the pick will come down to Kyle Wilson or Devin McCourty. Either one would fit, but McCourty gives the Eagles the physical CB that can replace Sheldon Brown, and he fits their aggressive defensive structure best.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com gives the Eagles Maurkice Pouncey, a guard/center from Florida:
Jamaal Jackson's ACL injury creates a huge hole in the middle of the Eagles' line. Pouncey gives the team an immediate starter at center with the versatility to move to guard when Jackson returns to health.
CBSSports.com has mock drafts from four different writers. Two have the Eagles picking up Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson. One has them going with Mays. And the fourth says it'll be Idaho guard Mike Iupati.
Charles Davis of NFL.com has the Eagles picking up Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap:
The Eagles need a pass rusher opposite Trent Cole. They are counting on revving up this talented youngster's motor on a full-time basis.