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NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 10.0: Final mock drafts of the season

NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 10.0: Final mock drafts of the season

Happy draft day, everyone! 

We’ve waited months for this moment and we could all really use this escape. So thanks for following along to all our coverage over the past few months. We’ll be live on NBC Sports Philadelphia at 6 p.m. tonight as we get ready to see what the Eagles do in Round 1. 

And for the last time in 2020, here’s a mock draft roundup of Eagles’ first-round picks: 

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma 

What they said: I know the Eagles would love to add a speed receiver, but with the top options off the board, Murray is too good to ignore.

Charles Davis, NFL.com

Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma 

What they said: I came into this process thinking the Eagles were a lock for a WR here, but the mature, speedy tackler from OU slots into the middle of their defense.

My take: I really started to pay attention when Jeremiah had Murray going to the Eagles in his previous mock draft. And now that he’s done it twice in a row, it’s notable. Jeremiah is a former Eagles scout and is pretty plugged in. The biggest difference between his mock draft and Davis’ mock draft is that in Jeremiah’s the top four receivers were already off the board. Davis had them passing on Justin Jefferson. 

I can’t see the Eagles passing on one of those top four receivers if one is available. But if they’re all gone, I’m not sure the next receiver is worth the 21st pick. So there’s a chance the Eagles can’t trade up or back and get stuck at 21 … and then drafting a defensive player makes sense. 

Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

Trade to 13: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma 

What they said: The Eagles are at the center of many aggressive trade-up rumors while the 49ers have made it clear that both Nos. 13 and 31 are on the market. Is CeeDee Lamb good enough for San Francisco to rebuff all offers and make the pick? With Philadelphia moving from No. 21 to No. 13, the 49ers are almost guaranteed to get pick No. 53 in return, so I think the price is right. The Eagles get an X-receiver who can replace Alshon Jeffery on the outside while providing infinitely more juice after the catch.

NFL.com, Charley Casserly

Trade to 10: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma 

What they said: Carson Wentz needs another target and “Trader Howie” gets his man. 

My take: Lamb is probably the one receiver who would warrant a major trade-up to this range because the Eagles would have to part with the 53rd pick. Ideally, they wouldn’t do that but getting Lamb would probably be worth it. He projects as the top WR in this class and would replace Jeffery as the Eagles’ X receiver. 

John Clayton, Washington Post

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

What they said: His stock has been rising, and many think he is not far behind the top three wide receivers.

My take: If Jefferson is simply there at 21, the Eagles should take him. I am having a hard time believing he’ll be there but I guess it’s still possible. Since the combine, Jefferson’s name has been linked to the Eagles and for good reason. He’s one of the top four receivers in this class but is probably the fourth, so his value lines up with where the Eagles pick. He was a slot receiver in 2019 at LSU but that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been on board with drafting Jefferson for a while now and I’d even do it if it cost a minimal trade up. So getting him at 21? Sign me up. 

Andrew Kulp, NBC Sports Philadelphia

Trade to 15: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama 

What they said: The Browns move back for the third and final time, as Andrew Berry swings a deal with his old boss. It's no secret the Eagles need a wide receiver -- Alshon Jeffery is injured and possibly on the trade block and DeSean Jackson turns 34 in December. And if Howie Roseman learned anything from watching the Chiefs win it all this year, having a fleet of speedy receivers who can stretch defenses vertically can benefit even the best quarterback in the league. The Birds pay the price for Ruggs' 4.27 speed and never think twice about it. 

My take: Kulp is on the Ruggs train and I like that. Ruggs would be a great fit in Philly for an Eagles team that has been focused on getting faster this offseason. We don’t get trade terms but a jump from 21 to 15 is certainly feasible. As I look at the trade-up options, there will be several teams in the teens willing to move back. If Howie wants to get aggressive, he can. 

Steve Serby, New York Post

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State 

What they said: DeSean Jackson is 33, Alshon Jeffery’s days appear numbered and Carson Wentz needs an explosive, young, 6-1, 208-pound playmaker with 4.5 speed and 40-inch vertical leap who averaged an insane 10.9 yards after catch.

My take: In this scenario, the last of the top four receivers went to Dallas at No. 17. This isn’t a horrible pick  — I like Aiyuk — but it doesn’t seem like great value. He’s a player who might still be available later in the round and perhaps even early in the second round. So picking Aiyuk at 21 would be, at least in my opinion, a reach based on need. In this mock, Aiyuk is the last receiver taken in the first round, which means the Eagles probably didn’t have to take a wideout here, especially with guys like Murray, Patrick Queen and Jeff Gladney still available. 

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Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

Eagles' new coach thinks team's WR corps is underrated, can be among NFL's best

They're tired of being known as the worst group of wide receivers in the league.

And they may finally have a coach who can help them get rid of that tag.

"We have an expectation to be one of the top groups in the league," new Eagles receivers coach Aaron Moorehead said Thursday. "That's what we expect. This group is coming out with a little bit of a chip on its shoulder I think because of last year, and that's a good thing."

Eagles receivers last year combined for just 137 passes for 1,488 yards and nine touchdowns, the worst WR numbers in the league.

It was the fewest yards by an Eagles receiving corps since 2000, when Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Friends had 1,481.

For the first time since 1966 no Eagles wide receiver even had 500 yards.

Out with Carson Walch, in with Moorehead, the Eagles' fifth receivers coach in five years under Doug Pederson.

It doesn't take much time with Moorehead – even on a Zoom call – to sense his confidence, passion, dedication and communication skills.

And he's already instilled a hunger in this wide receiving group to go from one of the worst in the league to one of the best.

"At the end of the day, a little added extra motivation (doesn't hurt)," he said. "In this day and age (with) social media, you can try to ignore it, but people hear what (critics) say, and I think guys understand that we do have something to prove, and that's OK. There's nothing wrong with that, and I enjoy a good challenge and I enjoy coaching a group that has something to prove."

DeSean Jackson is 33 and managed one healthy game last year. Alshon Jeffery struggled then got hurt and has been largely disappointing since he signed here. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable rookie year. And rookie Jalen Reagor keeps hearing how the Eagles should have taken Justin Jefferson instead.

You can understand why this group feels disrespected.

"I think that's good," Moorehead said. "I've coached groups that people believed were the best [...] and I've coached groups that people disrespected and felt like they weren't very good, so it's not anything new to me. I think we have a really good group. I know we have a really good group. It's just up to us to stay healthy and prove it week in and week out."

The Eagles haven't had a wide receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jordan Matthews in 2015.

They haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

On paper they should be better. How can they not be?

Their goal isn't just to be better. It’s to be among the best.

"So far they've taken the approach that [they're] ready to go out there and prove every day why we should be one of the top groups in the NFL," Moorehead said.

You have to love Moorehead's approach and his personality.

If his receivers can match his confidence and swagger, the Eagles just might finally have a receiving corps to get excited about.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Is Zach Ertz next in line for a contract extension?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at Zach Ertz’s contract situation after George Kittle and Travis Kelce got huge extensions. 

The guys pick some things they would have watched in the preseason opener, talk about Doug Pederson’s structure for practice and give their first impressions on a couple of new Eagles coaches. 

Plus, remembering the great Howard Mudd, who died at 78 this week. 

  • (1:02) — What Travis Kelce and George Kittle's contract mean for Zach Ertz.
  • (16:45) — Things we would have watched tonight in preseason opener.
  • (23:08) — Doug Pederson details Eagles’ 2020 training camp structure
  • (28:45) — Aaron Moorehead and Matt Burke speak on their roles. 
  • (36:54) — Remembering Howard Mudd
     

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