Todd McShay — Just Another Talking Head

I’ve long withheld any real final judgment on ESPN’s Mel Kiper clone. The guy appeared to do his background work on the college kids, but his TV appearances left me with the kind of headache Stephen A. and Skip Bayless inspire.

Sadly, his last few weeks of TV work, combined with his newest mock draft (released just an hour ago, Insider Only) has left me with no confidence in the guy. Yesterday, as TBL noted, he referred to Felix Jones as a pop warner back. Today, he suggests the Eagles will select Jerod Mayo — a linebacker from Tennessee.

The selection itself, even without his damning explanation, reveals an ignorance of organizational depth charts and any player who isn’t a household name. I’ll let you read for yourself:

19. Philadelphia EaglesJerod Mayo, OLB, Tennessee

Record: 8-8 | Needs: S, WR, LB, OT, G, DE
Scenario 1: Philadelphia puts a high premium on offensive linemen in the early rounds, so if any of the offensive linemen listed above slip the Eagles will make that move.
Scenario 2: Omar Gaither is expected to move outside after the departure of Takeo Spikes, leaving a void on the inside. Mayo is capable of filling that need and giving Philadelphia an insurance policy. Plus, he’s is versatile enough to move outside should Gaither struggle there.
Scenario 3: The Eagles haven’t drafted a receiver in the first round since taking Freddie Mitchell in 2001, but Thomas is an intriguing possibility if available because he has the tools to develop into a No. 1 wideout.
Scenario 4: Miami S Kenny Phillips is admittedly a reach, but there’s a chance the Eagles could take him here because they need help at safety and Phillips is the clear No. 1 in a weak safety class.

No mention of Stewart Bradley or Akeem Jordan — two young linebackers who have been repeatedly praised by the coaching staff. Both of them started games last season, and every knowledgeable Eagles fan realizes that the release of Takeo Spikes happened because the coaching staff thinks they can count on these guys (particularly Bradley) to start. The Eagles do not have a need at linebacker.

McShay knows the Eagles released Takeo Spikes and concludes they have a “hole” at linebacker. After all, Spikes was a Pro-Bowler! He must have been important!

There are only a few positions we know the Eagles aren’t taking in the first round. Linebacker is one of them.

This is your job, dude. Get better at it.

39 Responses to “Todd McShay — Just Another Talking Head”

  1. Frezzie20 Says:

    Those McShay vs Kiper segments on Sportscenter are pretty annoying and they both end up looking stupid. There’s way too much hype to the damn draft anyway.


  2. Ian - Inside the Iggles Says:

    What a horrible pick for the Birds. Did he even think about this for more than 10 seconds?

    Somebody email this guy, and let him know who Stewart Bradley is.


  3. BFH Says:

    Yep. Is it really difficult to research and analyze the rosters in the NFL when it’s what you are paid to do every day?

    Expert. Ha.


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