With the initial flurry of free agency moves over, it’s time to take a closer look to see if it’s changed mock drafts.
The Eagles have pick No. 25 in the first round.
Let’s take a look:
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Here’s what they said: “We have to begin by acknowledging that Oliver is going to fall. I'd be shocked if he goes Top-10. There's too much smoke from plugged-in media members for there not to be fire.
“So where does he go? To the short list of teams who are willing to take big gambles in the Draft; who color outside of the lines and chase competitive advantages. Oliver will be an outlier if he's successful, and many NFL teams are willing to miss on outliers and adhere exclusively to the orthodox. C'est la vie.
“It sounds like something Philadelphia would do, even with the addition of Malik Jackson: Oliver's penetration quickness and flexibility won't be valued anywhere more than they will be with the Eagles, and Fletcher Cox's gravity will free Oliver up. That'll be a new luxury for him.”
My take on Oliver: In an Eagles-only mock draft not long ago, I mocked Oliver to the Eagles and many folks disagreed that Oliver would still be there. I understand that. But even if he doesn’t make it to 25, the Eagles might be in play for a modest trade up to get a really talented player in the late teens or early 20s. Oliver’s size is a big reason for his slide, but he can flat-out play. If the Eagles get him at 25, that would possibly be the steal of the first round.
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Here’s what they said: "Wasn't the best combine for him, but his tape shows an ultra-competitive CB who contests all passes thrown in his area."
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Here’s what they said: "As a rookie, Baker can step in as a full-time player in a needy Eagles secondary."
My take on Baker: I will partly forgive Davis and Trapasso because their mock drafts were up before the Eagles re-signed Ronald Darby. But even before Darby was brought back for the 2019 season, the Eagles still have a defensive back room stacked with young and cheap cornerbacks they’ve drafted. It’s hard to believe they’d just their first round pick on another one.
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Here’s what they said: "Murphy (6-1, 185) played well as part of a loaded Washington secondary that was likely comprised of future NFL talent. In 2018, he totaled 58 tackles with 13 passes broken up and four interceptions. In his freshman season, he notched three interceptions with seven breakups and 16 tackles. Sources say Murphy is a polished corner and they really like what he put on tape. They like his instincts, awareness, ability to play inside or outside, and the excellent coaching/preparation he received from former NFL defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake. Their concerns with Murphy are with his size and him having average playing speed."
My take on Murphy: Again, with a cornerback!?! This came out after the Darby news too. I like Murphy. Think he’s a good prospect. I don’t think the Eagles will be drafting him or any other cornerback in the first round.
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Here’s what they said: "Adderley is a converted cornerback who can cover in the slot or play centerfield. His athleticism makes him a great fit in Philly's defense."
My take on Adderley: Adderley is one of the top safeties in the draft and the Eagles could use a safety in this draft. Check. But I kind of doubt they’ll use their first-round pick on one, especially after bringing back Rodney McLeod and not really knowing where Avonte Maddox projects long-term. I wouldn’t hate this pick, but I think there are other players who will be there who make more sense.
Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
Here’s what they said: Little has as much pure talent as any offensive tackle in the draft, but the technical aspects of his game need work. Going to Philadelphia, where he can sit a year behind the great Jason Peters, would be the ideal scenario. Few blockers set their base as well as Peters, and that’s exactly where Little needs to improve.
My take on Little: Using pick No. 25 on an offensive lineman makes a lot more sense than a defensive back. The Eagles brought Jason Peters back for 2019, so he’s going to be the starter at left tackle and Lane Johnson will start at right tackle. So Little would need to sit on the bench, but could learn from a Pro Bowler and a future Hall of Famer. Jordan Mailata might be the future left tackle, but Little is more of a sure thing.
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