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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Donovan McNabb's latest comments on Carson Wentz. It's surprising how unaware McNabb continues to be.

It's draft week! The guys do a mock draft roundup trying to predict what the Eagles will do with the first pick. Also, who were some of the best and worst draft picks in team history?

0:30 - It's draft week!
3:00 - Donovan McNabb speaks out again.
9:00 - How will McNabb be remembered in the future?
16:00 - Any chance he makes the Hall of Fame?
20:00 - First-round mock draft roundup.
23:00 - Roob unfollows someone on Twitter.
33:00 - Latest session with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.
41:00 - Underrated great team draft picks.
47:00 - Draft picks that didn't quite work out.

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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 10.0: No consensus pick on draft week

NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 10.0: No consensus pick on draft week

We finally made it! It’s draft week!

By this time in a few days, the internet will be full of completely useless mock drafts. Like, even more useless than they are now. 

But we still have a few days before the draft, so here’s one more look around several mock drafts as we try to figure out which player the Eagles are going to take with their 25th pick on Thursday night. Just a few days before the draft, there’s no consensus yet: 

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida 

Here’s what they said: After the 2017 season there were questions about Gardner-Johnson's tackling ability, but he proved he's more than capable in '18, and his coverage ability makes him an attractive option for the Eagles.

My take on Gardner-Johnson: The more I have watched of Gardner-Johnson, the more I like him. He’s a fun player and his versatility should make him really attractive to the Eagles. I’m still not completely sold on the idea of taking a safety in the first round because I think there will be better value to take one with one of those second-round picks. But this guy is in the mix to be a late first-rounder and would immediately have a role with the Eagles as a third safety and a starter next season. 

NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma 

Here’s what they said: It would make sense for the Eagles to add a receiver because I don't think DeSean Jackson's a long-term solution and they could lose Nelson Agholor next year, as he's due to hit free agency.

My take on Brown: There are few draft guys I respect more than Jeremiah and it is important to note that he once worked for the Eagles. Brown is an exciting player, no doubt. He’s super fast and the DeSean Jackson comparisons aren’t only fair, they’re unavoidable. I’m not sure how perfect of a slot replacement Brown would be for Agholor, but I do think receiver is an underrated need for the Eagles heading into this draft. Nelly is under contract for one more year and their top backup is Mack Hollins. Even if they don’t take a receiver in Round 1, I’d expect one will come to the Eagles not long after. 

NBC Sports Washington, Ben Standig

Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

Here’s what they said: Left tackle Jason Peters turns 37 in January and battled knee injuries in recent seasons. There are also concerns at guard. The Eagles cannot afford to mess up the investment made in quarterback Carson Wentz.

Lindstrom pushed his way into round one consideration during the pre-draft process to the point some teams 10 picks higher are showing interest.

My take on Lindstrom: I think Lindstrom is firmly in play for the Eagles’ pick. It’s not very sexy to take an interior offensive lineman but the Eagles need depth there and Lindstrom is about as solid as they come. He has played some tackle in college, but projects as an interior lineman at the next level. Still, the Eagles won’t ever turn down versatility. 

NFL.com, Chad Reuter

Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Here’s what they said: Yes, the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, but he has only one year left on his deal and giving up a 2020 sixth-round pick (conditions could allow it to flex to a fifth) is not exactly the price one would pay for a top difference-maker. Jacobs is a beast of a runner and could take pressure off of Carson Wentz.

My take on Jacobs: Remember when it seemed like everyone was picking Jacobs to go to the Eagles? That has died down, but I guess he’s still a possibility. My thought is that there will be a better or similarly-valued player at a more preferred position when the Eagles are on the board at 25, though Jacobs is probably still in play. He’s the only running back that might go in the first round and I’m not convinced he will. 

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson 

Here’s what they said: He's a power player who would be in the rotation with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Lawrence might end up as a better pro than college player. 

My take on Lawrence: A few months ago, I simply discounted Lawrence as a run-stuffer and not worth a first-round pick. I have softened on that some. I still think his teammate Christian Wilkins or even Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery would be a better fit in the Eagles’ downhill defensive front, but Lawrence is pretty damn athletic for his size. And for a team that has shown the flexibility to move a defensive end inside for passing downs, Lawrence could be really good on first and second downs. Is it worth taking a two-down lineman in the first round? Maybe not, but Lawrence will probably be a really solid NFL player. 

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Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a hard-hitting safety from Florida with tremendous versatility. He can play virtually anywhere — single high, in the slot, in the box and he may even be able to work in at outside corner, and that versatility makes him one of the most coveted defensive back prospects in this year's draft. 

He does need more consistency in his game and sometimes is a victim of a lack of discipline in his technique, but he's also athletic and physical enough to make up for his mistakes. His biggest strength is in coverage, and his versatility will allow him to cover backs, tight ends or receivers. 

Gardner-Johnson needs to be more consistent as a tackler, but he has improved significantly in that area.

Current roster at S: With Corey Graham presumably retired and Andrew Sendejo about to turn 32, the Eagles don't really have a consensus third safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod.

Tra Sullivan had some promising moments the second half of last year and will certainly be in the mix in camp, but this is a position where the Eagles could use an infusion of young talent.

How he would fit: Jenkins and McLeod are the starters for now, but McLeod is unsigned beyond 2019, and Jenkins is up after 2020, and while it's hard to imagine Jenkins not being here and he's still playing at an elite level, he does turn 32 during the upcoming season, is headed into his 11th NFL season and has so many interests outside of football. It'll be interesting to see how long he continues to play.

So Gardner-Johnson would have a chance to be the third safety while playing special teams immediately and could work into the mix at the slot depending on how the secondary sorts itself out during camp.

Eagles history in the draft at S: The Eagles have drafted combo D-backs with corner-safety skills like Jaylen Watkins and Avonte Maddox in the fourth rounds of the 2014 and 2018 draft, but they haven't taken a pure safety in the first three rounds since they used one of the Donovan McNabb trade picks from the Redskins on Nate Allen in the second round back in 2010. 

Before that, you have to go back to Michael Lewis in the second round in 2002 and Dawk in the second round in 1996.

The Eagles have never drafted a true safety in the first round. Ben Smith, a first-round pick in 1990, started at corner and became a safety. Leroy Keyes, a first-round pick in 1969, was drafted as a running back but became a safety later. 

Other options at 25