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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles fill a glaring need in this 1st round mock

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles fill a glaring need in this 1st round mock

There's still one college football game remaining, and the NFL draft order isn't even set. Yet, with the offseason already a week old for the Eagles, it's not too early to look ahead.

In Version 1.0 of our first-round mock, we're taking a close look not only at team needs, but also the tendencies of their front offices. And while we're not formally projecting any trades, we identify a spot in the top five that's worth watching.

Of course, we have the Eagles' pick — currently scheduled for No. 21 — though with the combine and free agency still ahead, this is more a rough approximation than it is a prediction.

1. Cincinnati Bengals
QB Joe Burrow, LSU

They'll listen to offers, and EDGE Chase Young is a consideration here as well, but passing on Burrow would be a huge mistake after he produced possibly the greatest season by a college quarterback ever with a 77.6 completion percentage, 5,208 yards, 55 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions.

2. Washington
DE Chase Young, Ohio State

Not only is Young arguably the best prospect in the draft at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds and coming off a 17-sack season. He also fills a need with Washington switching to a 4-3 defense and EDGE Ryan Kerrigan turning 32 in the final year of his contract.

3. Detroit Lions
DL Derrick Brown, Auburn

A case can be made for CB Jeff Okudah here, as Darius Slay's future with the team is up in the air. However, GM Bob Quinn has a history of prioritizing D-linemen, and Detroit's pass rush was abysmal in 2019 — second only to Miami for fewest sacks. 6-foot-5, 318 pounds, Brown can wreak havoc up the middle, but possesses the athleticism to attack the edge as well.

4. New York Giants
LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

Wouldn't be surprised to see an offensive tackle creep up here given the premium on the position and Giants' investment in QB Daniel Jones. GM Dave Gettleman often gravitates to physical specimens though, and Simmons' freakish athleticism — 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, 4.4 speed — would benefit the league's 30th-ranked scoring defense, whether he ultimately plays linebacker or safety. This might be a prime trade-down spot too, because...

5. Miami Dolphins
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

This sets up nicely for the Dolphins, provided nobody jumps ahead of them. If QB Ryan Fitzpatrick returns — he's under contract for another year — there's no pressure to rush Tagovailoa's recovery from a hip injury. And should another team trade up, Justin Herbert is still on the board. No matter what, Miami gets its franchise quarterback.

6. Los Angeles Chargers
OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Early indications are Philip Rivers could be back under center in 2020. If not, a veteran replacement seems plausible, as there's a good enough core already in place to return to the playoffs next season. Either way, the Chargers need to protect their quarterback better, so the top offensive lineman on the board is their man.

7. Carolina Panthers
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

Cam Newton's health is a legit concern right now, yet David Tepper's unwillingness to commit to the former league MVP is notable. New owners often like to put their stamp on the franchise early, and with a new coaching staff in place, a new signal-caller is the logical next step — and Herbert's big arm would complement the Panthers' existing skill players nicely.

8. Arizona Cardinals
WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

What incredibly good fortune the Cardinals have their pick of wide receivers at this stage of the draft. Second-year QB Kyler Murray needs a reliable weapon on the outside. Lamb can handle the volume, finishing his three-year college career with 173 catches, 3,292 yards and 35 touchdowns, not to mention he's a perfect fit for HC Kliff Kingsbury's system. 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars
CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State

This roster has so many holes, it's difficult to identify the biggest. It probably isn't cornerback, either, but Okudah is the best player remaining here — perhaps even a steal at No. 9 — with the added bonus the Jaguars effectively get to undo the Jalen Ramsey trade. Fortunately, they have another first-round pick, too.

10. Cleveland Browns
OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

The Browns hired a new coach and GM, but regardless of regime, protecting QB Baker Mayfield will be paramount. Since it's Andrew Berry from the Eagles front office reportedly running the front office along with an offensive coach, you can bank on bolstering the O-line being the first order of business.

11. New York Jets
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

The NFL's worst offense needs playmakers, so receiver is a no-brainer here. Tiggins is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds — a build GM Joe Douglas seems to prefer — and posted 115 receptions, 2,051 yards and 25 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

12. Las Vegas Raiders
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

Longtime owner Al Davis may be gone, but his old saying "speed kills" lives on in this pick. The Raiders need receivers, and Ruggs runs in the 4.2s. He could flourish in coach Jon Gruden's offense, as venerable deep threat Joey Galloway did with the Buccaneers in the 2000s.

13. Indianapolis Colts
DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

For better or worse, the Colts appear to be stuck with QB Jacoby Brissett for the time being. No sense investing in receivers then. Instead, assembling a great defense is the focus, and plugging the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Kinlaw in the middle would reap immediate benefits.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
S Grant Delpit, LSU

LB Devin White was such a hit in 2019, the Bucs decide go right back to the LSU well. Tampa's defense is young and improving, but ranked 30th against the pass. Delpit brings a big body (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and versatility to the secondary.

15. Denver Broncos
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

After winning four of five to start his career, there will be a lot of pressure on QB Drew Lock to cement himself as the franchise quarterback in Denver. GM John Elway can give him some help, especially if Jeudy — arguably the best receiver in the class — somehow slides this far.

16. Atlanta Falcons
DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

GM Thomas Dimitroff and HC Dan Quinn bought themselves another year with a stellar finish, but it's only a stay of execution if they don't improve the defense, particularly a pass rush that tied for the second-fewest sacks in the league. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Epensea registered double digits the last two seasons.

17. Dallas Cowboys
CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

The Cowboys have so many key free agents, it's impossible to say what their needs will be come April. Owner Jerry Jones likes to make a splash though, and Henderson's long arms and 4.3 speed not only project well at the next level, but the pick will make headlines, too.

18. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh)
OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

After getting their quarterback at No. 5, it's time to protect him. The Dolphins use the pick they got from the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade to upgrade one of the worst offensive lines in football with Wirfs, who's ready to start from Day 1. And Miami still has one selection left.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (via Chicago)
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU

A former DB himself, this is where GM Mike Mayock's presence is felt. Fulton is somebody a defensive coordinator can man up on the opposition's best receiver and forget about him. If he lasts this long, the Raiders' pick should be in within three minutes of being on the clock. The pick, by the way, comes from the Khalil Mack swap.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams)
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

The Jaguars continue going about writing the wrongs of the Tom Coughlin era, this time using the pick from the Ramsey trade. After wasting Dante Fowler and potentially running off free agent-to-be Yannick Ngakoue, Gross-Matos is another impressive physical specimen (6-foot-6, 264 pounds, 4.4 speed) for the revolving door at end.

21. Philadelphia Eagles
WR Laviska Shenault, Jr., Colorado

Cornerback is certainly on the radar here should Henderson or Fulton drop, or if Paulson Adebo rises. But receiver is obviously a need too, and Shenault can do it all. He's a big, strong target at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds with impressive hands, yet athletic, capable of gaining yards after the catch and lining up outside, in the slot or pretty much anywhere in the formation. And with receivers going quickly, the Eagles may not want to wait for Round 2.

22. Buffalo Bills
DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State

23. New England Patriots
S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

24. New Orleans Saints
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

25. Minnesota Vikings
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

26. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)
RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia

27. Seattle Seahawks
DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State

28. Baltimore Ravens
LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

29. Tennessee Titans
OLB K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

30. Green Bay Packers
WR K.J. Hamler, Penn State

31. Kansas City Chiefs
RB J.K. Robbins, Ohio State

32. San Francisco 49ers
CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford

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Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

The XFL season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 2 p.m. on ABC. 

You can watch that game and root on Donnel Pumphrey! 

But he’s just one of many former Eagles in the eight-team startup league. 

After scouring all eight rosters, I counted 25 former Eagles. That means the league is 6 percent former Eagles. 

Here’s a look at every former Eagles player on each team: 

Dallas Renegades 

WR Freddie Martino
CB Josh Hawkins
LB Asantay Brown
DE Winston Craig 

The most notable name on this list is Hawkins, who played late in the season for the Eagles in 2018. He was thrown into a really tough spot against the Saints in the divisional round playoff game and didn’t hold up very well. He came back for training camp in 2019 but was released at final cuts. Martino, Brown and Craig were camp bodies and never played for the Eagles. But Martino was a fan favorite in camp in 2015 and ended up playing for the Bucs for a few years. From 2016-18 in Tampa Bay, Martino had 13 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown. 

DC Defenders 

WR DeAndre Thompkins 
RB Donnel Pumphrey 
C Jon Toth 
OL Malcolm Bunche 
DT Elijah Qualls

The Defenders actually boast two former Eagles draft picks from the 2017. Pumphrey was a fourth-round pick and Qualls was a sixth-round pick. Neither ever played a game for the Eagles. Pumprhey was the most prolific running back in NCAA history but at 5-9, 176 pounds, the Eagles tried to change his entire game and he never worked out. As recently as last offseason, Pump was in camp with the Eagles. Thompkins, a receiver from Penn State, was in camp before last season. Bunche, who is from Newark, Delaware, went undrafted out of UCLA in 2015. He was cut by the Eagles but spent the entire 2015 season on the practice squad. 

Houston Roughnecks

S Trae Elston 
CB Ajene Harris 
RB De’Angelo Henderson
OL Toby Weathersby
DL Gabe Wright 

Henderson was with the Eagles on their practice squad for most of the 2019 season but the Birds brought in Elijah Holyfield at the end of the season instead of promoting him. After the season ended, Henderson didn’t sign a futures deal with the Eagles and instead is heading to the XFL. Harris, a corner from USC, was also with the Eagles on their practice squad for some of this past season. You probably don’t even remember him, but Elston played in one game for the Eagles in 2017; he got seven special teams snaps in the Week 3 win over the Giants. 

Los Angeles Wildcats

S Jerome Couplin III 
LB Quentin Gause 

In 2014-15, Couplin played in nine games with the Eagles and had a total of five combined tackles. The William & Mary product went undrafted in 2014 and was with the Lions and Bills before coming to Philly. Gause was with the Eagles in the summer of 2016 and ended up playing in three games that season for the Broncos. 

New York Guardians

QB Luis Perez
QB Matt McGloin
LB Ryan Mueller 

Perez came from the AAF and spent just a month with the Eagles. McGloin, the former Penn State quarterback, lasted the 2017 offseason with the Eagles. But he did play in 13 games (7 starts) for the Raiders from 2013-16. Mueller was a big-time defensive end at Kansas State but when he got to Philly in 2016, he was a fullback that offseason. That was the last time the Eagles toyed with the idea of a full-time fullback. 

St. Louis BattleHawks 

WR Carlton Agudosi 
DB Harold Jones-Quartey 
RB Matt Jones

Agudosi (6-6, 220) made some spectacular catches with the Eagles in the summer before the 2019 season but didn’t stick. And you’ll remember Matt Jones. He was with the Eagles briefly in 2018 but didn’t make the team. With the Redskins, the former third-round pick rushed for 950 yards in 2015-16. 

Seattle Dragons

S Godwin Igwebuike 

A year after Igwebuike played six games for the Niners and Bucs as an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern in 2018, he was with the Eagles in the summer of 2019. 

Tampa Bay Vipers 

QB Aaron Murray
WR Seantavius Jones 

Murray was with the Eagles in the 2016 season on the practice squad after he had been with the Chiefs under Doug Pederson in 2014-15. But the former fifth-round pick from Georgia went to the Rams in 2017. Jones was with the Eagles for a little over a month in the offseason of 2016 and never practiced in Philly. Still, he remains the best Seantavius in Eagles history. 

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Similarity Travis Kelce sees between Eagles' Super Bowl LII team and Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV team

Similarity Travis Kelce sees between Eagles' Super Bowl LII team and Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV team

Travis Kelce is about to play in his first Super Bowl but it’s not the first time he’s been around the biggest game in the sport. 

The Chiefs' tight end, and brother of Jason, was around the Eagles’ run to Super Bowl at the tail end of the 2017 season so he has an idea about what the week is like and what it takes to win it all. 

And Kelce, speaking to reporters in Miami, said he sees one big similarity between the Eagles in Super Bowl LII and his Chiefs that will play in Super Bowl LIV: 

I was out there in Minnesota. It was a very unique situation because I got to see it almost second hand and really kind of in the background of the Eagles, asking my brother everything that was going on that week. 

“It was unique how tight of a team they were, how their chemistry ... they just felt like a brotherhood, even from the outside. You could just tell how tight-knit that group was. With that being said, I think this team has the exact same feeling going into it. How much we appreciate each other and have fun on the field with each other and make sure we’re doing the right things so we’re accountable for each other.

There was definitely something special about that Eagles team that played in Super Bowl LII. It’s probably a bit much to call it a team of destiny, but that team had a special feel to it. And a big part of it is because of how close they were. 

In some sense, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see an Andy Reid-led team have a similar feel. The atmosphere around the 2017 Eagles was created in part by Doug Pederson and his coaching staff. Pederson wanted his guys to have fun, he wanted them to be themselves. And, of course, Pederson is a protégé of Reid. Both men are known as players coaches. 

As of early this week, Travis Kelce said he hadn’t yet asked his older brother about tips for Super Bowl week or playing in the big game. Jason was at the Pro Bowl with his family and baby daughter, so Travis wanted to give him a chance to enjoy himself. 

But Travis said he does plan on chatting with Jason soon. He wants to ask for tips about some things he might not know about playing in the big game, anything that will give him an advantage on Sunday evening. 

For now, how tight-knit the Chiefs are certainly won’t hurt. 

“Everyone is just enjoying their time, being themselves,” Kelce said. “I love this team more than any other team I’ve ever been on, man, because it’s that much more fun.”

Sound familiar? 

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