NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 5.0: Does cornerback even make sense?

NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 5.0: Does cornerback even make sense?

We’re still weeks away from the start of free agency, which will inform how a lot of teams draft, particularly in the first round. 

But that hasn’t stopped the flood of mock drafts. So many mock drafts. 

Honestly, I’m getting a little worried about the guys from CBS Sports. Blink twice if you’re locked in a room, being forced to fill out mock after mock. 

Anyway, here’s the latest roundup to see who the Eagles might take at 25: 

ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr.

Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson 

Here’s what they said: “Injuries in the secondary really hurt the Eagles in 2018, as the defense couldn’t match the play that led it a Super Bowl LII victory. And with Ronald Darby possibly leaving in free agency, cornerback is a spot to target here or with one of their two second-round picks. Mullen had an inconsistent 2018 season, but he has some excellent 2017 tape. And at 6-foot-2, 186 pounds, he’s a big corner. He should test well in Indianapolis.”

My take on Mullen: Oh, a corner? I’ve seen several mock drafts where the Eagles take a corner. Yeah … I’m not sold on that idea. The Eagles have some decent depth there and I’d imagine they’d rather try to develop some of the young talent at that position. They still have Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, Cre’Von LeBlanc. If there was a corner that was wayyyy ahead as BPA, maybe they’d do it. But I doubt that will happen. As for Mullen, he’s a long corner with good cover skills. He might be a reach at 25. 

San Diego Union-Tribune, Eddie Brown 

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington 

Here’s what they said: “The secondary remains the weakest link of this team for various reasons. Murphy is an athletic playmaker with great instincts and an active tackler, especially against the run.”

My take on Murphy: Another corner, Eddie? We already got into the position above, so let’s take a closer look at Murphy. I really like him despite his lack of size and unlike Mullen, I think he’s a better first-round prospect. Some teams will want him to play inside because of his height, but he’s good enough to play outside. Maybe the Eagles want another Washington corner, but there are more pressing needs.  

TheDraftNetwork, Benjamin Solak 

David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin 

Here’s what they said: “David Edwards was recently featured in a piece on overrated prospects from Bleacher Report, which I found mighty interesting — because nobody really talks about him that highly in this class. He’s a borderline Top-5 OT, and that’s mostly on upside.

“Philadelphia is fine with that trade, however: they need an OT to start in 2020, not 2019, the last year of Jason Peters’ deal. Edwards has elite athleticism for the tackle position, and a good foundation of technical skills given his limited years playing offensive tackle for the Badgers.

“Within a couple years of NFL ball, you expect him to be a starting-caliber player, with a sky-high ceiling.”

My take on Edwards: I think offensive tackle would make quite a bit of sense for the Eagles in the first round. It’s time to think about life after Peters and none of us know what Jordan Mailata will become. There’s some sneaky OT depth in this draft; I think five or six will go in the first round. As for Edwards, he’s a fine prospect, but there are several other tackles in this class I like more and there were a couple of them available in this mock when Edwards went. But still, decent idea. 

CBS Sports, Chris Trapasso 

Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame 

Here’s what they said: “Defensive line is a sneaky need for the Eagles, and Tillery can play anywhere up front and create pressure with his towering frame.”

My take on Tillery: I don’t dislike this pick. Tillery is a huge guy at 6-foot-7, 305 pounds and could be plugged in next to Fletcher Cox. He had seven sacks in 2018 and proved to be a pretty good pass rusher mainly with his power. He might get into the first round after Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons tore his ACL. 

NFL.com, Maurice Jones-Drew

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson 

Here’s what they said: “Lawrence is a big, talented player who will alleviate pressure on Fletcher Cox.”

My take on Lawrence: He’s been a pretty popular pick for the Eagles and he’s a good player, but I want a little more pass rush from a DT in Round 1. He’s known more as a big ol’ run stuffer.  

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Jachai Polite, DE, Florida 

Here’s what they said: Polite was one of the most exciting players we watched last season. There will be questions about his size (he's listed at 240) and his one year of production, but if teams are OK with both, he could be a top-15 pick.

My take on Polite: First, I’ll say I like Polite as a prospect and think he’ll be off the board well before the Eagles pick at No. 25. I think with his size, he’s a better fit to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4. In the right system, I think he could become a dynamic pass rusher. Not the best fit in Philly, but still worth thinking about if he’s available. The Eagles should seriously think about taking an edge rusher in Round 1. 

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco 

Brian Burns, DE, Florida 

Here’s what they said: "They will likely lose Brandon Graham in free agency and they need to get a young pass rusher to go with Derek Barnett. Burns has big-time speed."

My take on Burns: Burns is tall and skinny. He’s 6-5 and around 230 pounds, which isn’t exactly ideal size for a 4-3 DE. Remember when the Eagles drafted Josh Sweat out of Florida State last year? He’s 6-5, 250. But Burns is a really intriguing prospect who had 23 sacks in three years at Florida State, including a 10-sack campaign in 2018. He’s a really good pass rusher but lacks power as you might anticipate. We’ll see if he puts on weight for the combine and keeps his speed. Like I said above, though, defensive end should be right at the top of the list for the Eagles in this deep defensive line class. 

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The highest-paid Eagles in history at every position

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The highest-paid Eagles in history at every position

NFL contracts aren’t always what they appear to be.

In fact, they rarely are.

The initial contract numbers get the big headlines. As in … “Eagles sign DeMarco Murray to five-year, $40 million deal."

A year later, Murray is gone after earning $9 million and the contract disappears. 

There are two fundamental numbers when it comes to NFL contracts: How much they’re worth and how much they truly pay.

So when we set out to list the most lucrative contracts in Eagles history at each position, we figured we’d do it two ways:

1. We’ll list the most lucrative contracts at each position based on the initial total potential value of the deal.
2. We’ll also list the most actual cash Eagles players have earned on a single contract, regardless of its length and what the original value was.

Contract numbers are from NFLPA records, Spotrac and OverTheCap. All contracts are rounded to $10,000.

Make sure you’re sitting down. Some of these deals are hard to believe!


The biggest announced contract: Carson Wentz — Four years, $128 million (2019-2022)
Wentz did make just over $17 million this past year, but the big money (relatively) doesn’t start until this coming season, when he’s scheduled to pocket nearly $40 million. Interesting to note that the previous largest announced Eagles QB contract was Michael Vick’s five-year, $80 million deal from 2011, from which he earned $32.5 million in two years.

The real biggest contract: Donovan McNabb — Seven years, $51.69 million (2002-2008) 
The highest-paid quarterback in Eagles history is actually still Donovan McNabb. His 2002 deal was worth $70 million over nine years, and he played seven of those seasons and earned over $50 million before finally getting a restructure after the 2007 season.

Running back 

The biggest announced contract: DeMarco Murray — Five years, $40 million (2015-2019)
Murray only made it through one year of that blockbuster deal, pocketing $9.02 million before the Eagles shipped him to the Titans.

Ther real biggest contract: LeSean McCoy — Three years, $20.48 million (2012-2014)
McCoy is still the highest-paid running back in Eagles history. He got a five-year, $45 million deal in 2012 and made it through the first three years of the deal for just over $20 million before Chip Kelly got rid of him.

Wide receiver 

The bigger announced contract: Alshon Jeffery — Four years, $52 million (2017-2020)
The real biggest contract: Alshon Jeffery — Three years, $35.65 million (2017-2019)

Jeffery's 2017 deal is both the biggest contract in Eagles history and the biggest real contract. Jeffery so far has made over $35 million of the $52 million the original deal called for.

But interestingly, Terrell Owens' 2004 deal isn’t far behind. T.O.’s restructure was worth $48.93 million over seven years, although he only made $11.58 million before getting kicked off the team midway through the 2005 season. DeSean Jackson’s 2012 contract was worth an announced $47 million over five years, but he only earned $18 million of that before Kelly dumped him.

Tight end 

The biggest announced contract: Zach Ertz — Five years, $42.5 million (2016-2021)
The real biggest contract: Zach Ertz — Four years, $31.92 million (2016-2019)

You’d think the Eagles and Ertz would like to work out a new deal, but he’s already made more than any tight end in Eagles history.

The previous high was Brent Celek’s six-year, $29.25 million deal from 2009. Celek wound up playing five years of that deal, earning $21.596 million.


The biggest announced contract: Brandon Brooks — Five years, $56.35 million (2016-2020)
Believe it or not, Brooks’ first Eagles contract — the one he signed when he first got here in 2016 — barely beats out Shawn Andrews’ 2004 deal as the most lucrative. Andrews signed a seven-year, $41.79 million contract and played four years of it, earning $20.58 million. 

The real biggest contract: Brandon Brooks — Three years, $25.750 million (2016-2018)
Brooks has played three years of that previous contract, earning $25.75 million before signing a new five-year, $56.35 million deal last year. He’s “only” earned $9 million so far on his current contract.


The biggest announced contract: Jason Kelce — Six years, $37.5 million (2014-2019)
The real biggest contract: Jason Kelce — Three years, $24.5 million (2014-2018)

Kelce has still made slightly more on his previous contract — $25.64 million over five years — than he’s made on his current deal ($25.5 million over three years), but that will change on opening day. Whenever that is.

Offensive tackle 

The biggest announced contract: Lane Johnson — Four years, $72 million (2019-2025)
So far, Johnson has played only one year on his current deal, earning $14.10 million last year.

The real biggest contract: Tra Thomas — Six years, $29.6 million (2000-2005)
Thomas still claims the most lucrative contract for an offensive tackle in Eagles history, having played the entire six years of the deal he signed 20 years ago — before the 2000 season. Johnson is just behind him, having earned $29.08 million over the first three years of his previous deal, and Jason Peters isn’t far back with $28.87 million on the first three years of his 2014 contract.

Defensive tackle 

The biggest announced contract: Fletcher Cox — Seven years, $102.6 million (2016-2022)
The real biggest contract: Fletcher Cox — Four years, $63.4 million (2016-2019)

Nobody is close to Cox, who’s already earned nearly $65 million on the first four years of his record-setting deal, which he signed in 2016.

Defensive end 

The biggest announced contract Trent Cole — Four years, $48.525 million (2012-2015)
The largest announced contract belongs to Cole but Vinny Curry is just behind with a five-year, $47.25 million deal back in 2016.

The real biggest contract: Brandon Graham — 4 years, $26.78 million (2015-2018)
Cole earned $21 million over two years of that deal he signed in 2012, and Curry earned $18 million over two years. The most money an Eagles defensive end has actually made on one contract is the $26.78 million that Graham made over the four years of his 2015 deal. 

Outside linebacker 

The biggest announced contract: Mychal Kendricks — Four years, $29 million (2015-2018)
The real biggest contract: Mychal Kendricks, Three years, $17.033302 million (2015-2017)

As we all know, the Eagles haven’t devoted a lot of resources to linebackers, but Kendricks did earn some decent money from 2015 through 2017, the first three years of that four-year contract.

Inside linebacker 

The biggest announced contract: Nigel Bradham — Five years, $40 million (2018-2022)
Bradham only earned $11.691176 million over two years of that $40 million contract before the Eagles cut ties with him after last season.

The real biggest contract: DeMeco Ryans — Three years, $18.5 million (2012-2014)
The most money an Eagles inside linebacker made on a single contract is from a contract he didn’t even sign with the Eagles. Ryans signed a six-year, $46.8 million contract with the Texans in 2010, then was traded to the Eagles after two years. He then earned $18 ½ million over the next three years.


The biggest announced contract: Byron Maxwell — Six years, $63 million (2015-2020)
Although Nnamdi Asomugha’s five-year, $60 million deal was worth slightly more per year, Maxwell’s six-year, $63 million contract was the most expensive cornerback deal the Eagles ever wrote. Asomugha pocketed $21 million for two years of his deal and Maxwell $13.52 million for just one year’s work. Darius Slay’s restructure is worth $50.05 million over three years in new money, and before he’s played a snap he’s already earned $13 million on that deal.

The real biggest contract: Asante Samuel — Four years, $37.4 million (2008-2011)
Back in 2008, the Eagles signed Samuel to a six-year, $59.475 million contract, and he played the first four years of that deal, totaling over $37 million.  


The biggest announced contract: Malcolm Jenkins — Four years, $32.95 million (2016-2019)
The real biggest contract: Malcolm Jenkins — Four years, $32.95 million (2016-2019)

It might be a while until anybody tops Jenkins' last deal.


The biggest announced contract: Jake Elliott — Five years, $19.3081 million (2019-2023)
Elliottt won’t start realizing the big money until this coming season. So despite that $19 million number, he’s not the highest-paid Eagles kicker … yet.

The real biggest contract: David Akers — Five years, $8.79 million (2005-2008)
Yep, Akers is still the highest-paid Eagles kicker ever, even though he hasn’t been here in a decade. He played four of the five years on that deal, earning about $6.55 million.


The biggest announced contract: Donnie Jones — Three years, $5.5 million (2016-2018)
The real biggest contract: Donnie Jones — Two years, $4 million (2016-2017)

Jones still has highest-paid honors, but only until — presumably — the Eagles sign Cameron Johnston to his next contract. 

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Howie Roseman's 5 worst trades as Eagles GM

Howie Roseman's 5 worst trades as Eagles GM

Last week, we took a look at Howie Roseman’s five best trades, so today we’re looking at the other side. 

To be fair, when I came up with these lists, the good one was much longer than the bad. In general, Roseman is pretty good when it comes to trades. But they can’t all be hits. 

As a reminder, we’re looking at the following years: 2010-14, 2016-now. Chip Kelly was in control during 2015. 

Here’s my ranking of Roseman’s five worst trades: 

5. Trading for Golden Tate 
During the 2018 season, the Eagles needed a boost so Roseman pulled off a trade to get Tate from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick. While the Eagles eventually got back a fourth-round compensatory pick to soften the blow, the acquisition of Tate never really worked out. 

Sure, you can point at the touchdown catch in the Double Doink playoff game in Chicago as a reason why this trade was actually a success … but let’s be real. This trade didn’t work out the way the Eagles were hoping. In the final eight games of the 2018 regular season, Tate caught 30 passes for 278 yards and 1 touchdown. He signed with the rival Giants in 2019. 

The lasting memory of this trade will probably be the unfortunate words from then-offensive coordinator Mike Groh, who admitted it had been “challenging to integrate” Tate into the offense during the season. 

4. Dion Lewis for Emmanuel Acho 
In April of 2013, the Eagles dealt Lewis to Cleveland for Acho. While Lewis never played for the Browns because of injury, he eventually resurfaced with the Patriots in 2015 and showed off some of the talent the Eagles initially saw in him during the 2011 draft. 

He has never become a star, but from 2015-2019, Lewis has played in 62 games for the Patriots and Titans and has averaged 4.3 yards per carry. He has 2,139 rushing yards, 1,260 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns during those seasons. 

Acho played two seasons for the Eagles and a total of 20 games with two starts. He became a special teams contributor for those Chip Kelly teams but played a total of 288 defensive snaps. 

3. Joe Mays for J.J. Arrington  
The Eagles drafted Mays in the sixth round of the 2008 draft but the linebacker played in just 13 games in 2008 and 2009 before the Eagles shipped him to Denver in July of 2010 for Arrington or a conditional draft pick. 

Arrington missed the entire 2009 season after microfracture knee surgery. He didn’t make the Eagles that year (he never played in the NFL again), so the Birds got back a 2012 sixth-round pick they ended up using on Marvin McNutt. 

While Arrington never played an NFL game again, Mays from that point on in his career played 65 games with 37 starts for the Broncos, Texans, Chiefs and Chargers. 

2. Stealing DGB from the Titans 
At the time, it seemed liked the Eagles fleeced the Titans by getting Dorial Green-Beckham for reserve offensive lineman Dennis Kelly. Turns out, it was the other way around. Sometimes if it seems too good to be true … 

The Eagles pulled off this trade in August of 2016 and upon first glance it was a major steal. Just a year earlier, the Titans took DGB in the second round and he had a really good rookie year statistically. In 2015, he caught 32 passes for 549 yards (17.2) and 4 touchdowns. 

At 6-5, 225 pounds, he was the ultimate size/speed guy with the potential to be a great player. But it became clear pretty soon after that trade that DGB wasn’t destined for greatness. He was a friendly guy but immature and didn’t seem to want it. He played that 2016 season with the Eagles, catching 36 passes for 392 yards and 2 touchdowns on talent alone, but the Eagles cut him the following June. 

Since then, Green-Beckham has been out of the league and has been dealing with some legal issues. He’s become a cautionary tale of wasted talent. 

Meanwhile, Kelly has played in 58 games (16 starts) for the Titans and got a three-year extension before last season. 

1. Dealing Chris Clemons for Darryl Tapp 
One of Roseman’s first trades ended up being his worst. In March of 2010, the Eagles traded Chris Clemons and a fourth-round pick to get Darryl Tapp from the Seahawks. Tapp was about three years younger than Clemons, who was longer and lankier. Before the trade, here were their career stats: 

Tapp: 4 seasons, 32 starts, 18 sacks 
Clemons: 5 seasons, 3 starts, 20 sacks 

So you can see why the Eagles made this trade. They thought they were getting a potential starting defensive end who was already better and had more upside in their defense. But they ended up losing pretty big. 

Here’s what they did with their new teams: 

Tapp: 3 seasons in Philly, 3 starts, 6 sacks 
Clemons: 4 seasons in Seattle, 59 starts, 38 sacks 

In his first three years in Seattle, Clemons ended up having 11, 11 and 11.5 sacks and started every game for the Seahawks; during that span, he was sixth in the NFL in sacks. Tapp was a role player in Philly. 

Honorable mentions: Trading away Sheldon Brown and Chris Gocong, trading away Asante Samuel for a seventh-rounder, trading away Eric Rowe for a fourth-rounder.

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