Eagles Draft Board

A while back I declared my intention to avoid making my own mock draft, for reasons I won’t rehash here. But as the draft approaches, I feel the need to put some projection of my own out here.

Aqib Talib
Aqib Talib
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So with a bit of creativity I’ve put together what I’ll call my mock Eagles draft board. What I’ve done is “tier” the players according to where the Eagles should consider taking them — with their first, second, or third round pick.

I’ve also eliminated some positions — QB, FB, C, DT, LB — which I feel the Eagles will be avoiding regardless of whose available. I’ve also not even bothered with a few players — Jake Long, Chris Long, and Darren McFadden. There is at least a possibility the Eagles could land anyone else through trade, but not those three.

This chart does not apply to all NFL teams — only to the Eagles and their specific needs.

If a player is “tiered” as a second round talent and he’s still available in a later round, obviously that is considered a bargain. Likewise, if a player is taken in the first round who is in the second-round tier, it is a reach (and should be booed).

I’ll start by position rankings, with explanations where I feel they are necessary — then I’ll compile the list and rank each player individually in the list.  The first round board I would follow exactly to script.  The player ranked highest and still available should be taken.  After that, the dynamics of the draft determine if the highest player should be skipped or not.

This is not a prediction of what the Eagles are going to do — this is what I would do. Just wanted to clear that up.

Red — First Round Tier
Purple — Second Round Tier
Blue — Third Round Tier

Offensive Line:
Ryan Clady
Chris Williams

Branden Albert — Flavor of the week. This guy could go waaay too high.
Jeff Otah
Sam Baker

Gosder Chirilus –Overrated. Just had a terrible first season at LT.
Carl Nicks
Duane Brown
Anthony Collins
Heath Benedict

Cornerback:
Aqib Talib — Love his size in a division with Burress and Owens
Leodis McKelvin
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Mike Jenkins
Patrick Lee
Tracy Porter
Antoin Cason

Brandon Flowers — If the Eagles fail to get any of the guys above him, would love for them to do whatever they can to get this guy.
Justin King
Dejuan Tribble

DeSean Jackson
Not in the first round

Wide Receiver:
Limas Sweed — Size and strength. Yeah, the Eagles could use a little of both.
Devin Thomas — Same here.
DeSean Jackson — He’s not a first rounder, and I won’t hear anything different.
James Hardy
Earl Bennett
Malcolm Kelly — Dropping like a rock
Early Doucet
Adarius Bowman — Huge guy, but risky.
Eddie Royal — Special teams ace, too
Jordy Nelson
Mario Manningham
— Hate him
Lavell Hawkins
Andre Caldwell

Safety:
Kenny Phillips — last resort in round 1.
Dujuan Morgan
Reggie Smith
Tyrell Johnson

Josh Barrett
Thomas Decoud

Running Back:
Felix Jones — one Eagles blogger is in love.
Jonathan Stewart
Chris Johnson
Jamaal Charles

Ray Rice
Steve Slaton
— interesting in the Eagles offense

Tight End:
Fred Davis
Martellus Bennett

Dustin Keller
Martin Rucker

Defensive End:
Vernon Gholston
Calais Campbell
Phillip Merling
— Love his motor and his size.
Quentin Groves — Eagles type of DE: light and super fast.
Lawrence Jackson
Chris Ellis

Tommy Blake

Complete Draft Board:
Vernon Gholston
Ryan Clady
Chris Williams
Aqib Talib
Branden Albert
Limas Sweed
Devin Thomas
Leodis McKelvin
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Mike Jenkins
Felix Jones
Calais Campbell
Phillip Merling
Quentin Groves
Kenny Phillips

Dujuan Morgan
DeSean Jackson
James Hardy
Patrick Lee
Jeff Otah
Reggie Smith
Jonathan Stewart
Chris Johnson
Tracy Porter
Lawrence Jackson
Earl Bennett
Malcolm Kelly
Early Doucet
Adarius Bowman
Tyrell Johnson
Sam Baker
Chris Ellis
Antoin Cason
Fred Davis
Martellus Bennett

Brandon Flowers
Justin King
Josh Barrett
Thomas Decoud
Gosder Chirilus
Carl Nicks
Tommy Blake
Dejuan Tribble
Eddie Royal
Jordy Nelson
Mario Manningham
Duane Brown
Anthony Collins
Heath Benedict
Lavell Hawkins
Andre Caldwell
Ray Rice
Dustin Keller
Martin Rucker
Steve Slaton

There you have it. Again, this is not something that is not meant to be used in such a way that the highest available guy is automatically the guy the Eagles should take (after the first round). This all depends on who they may have already acquired, what moves other teams have made, and who is available around them.

I’ll have an update to the mock draft spreadsheet soon — it’s an exciting week!

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