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NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 7.0: Still plenty of options for Eagles as draft nears

NFL mock draft 2020 roundup 7.0: Still plenty of options for Eagles as draft nears

The NFL is planning to go ahead with the NFL Draft as planned on April 23-25 but it’ll all be done remotely because of COVID-19. 

That means it’ll be a strange draft but it’s still going to happen in some form. 

Now that we’re less than three weeks away, let’s take another spin around the interwebs and see what some folks have the Eagles doing: 

NBC Sports Philadelphia, Adam Hermann

Trade up: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama 

What they said: Howie Roseman stood pat at WR in free agency for a reason. Here's the deal: 

Eagles trade: No. 21, No. 53, and their own 2021 fourth-round pick

Jaguars trade: No. 9

The Eagles go big and make Jeudy, who produced in a big way for three years with the Tide, their next franchise wideout. No pressure, kid.

My take: This is a fun idea and I really like Jeudy, but it is probably a little steep for my liking. Especially to give up so much in this draft, which is a pretty important draft because the Eagles haven’t had many picks the last two years. This trade would allow the Eagles to get their receiver but since they already traded No. 85 in the Darius Slay deal, they wouldn’t choose again until pick 103. And they wouldn’t choose again after that until 145. Maybe in this type of deal in which they could give away a future selection, which would at least give Roseman some time to recoup picks. 

I think I’d be in for a more moderate trade, perhaps to 14 to jump in front of the Broncos or 16 to jump in front of the Cowboys. But jumping up into the top 10 takes too much. 

TheDraftNetwork, Joe Marino

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor 

What they said: It’s no secret the Philadelphia Eagles need to revamp their receiving corps and Denzel Mims is an exciting addition. His blend of size, athletic ability, elusiveness and ball skills makes him a dynamic weapon that Carson Wentz can take advantage of at all levels of the field. In addition, he’s the best blocking receiver in the class and will help the Eagles create offense in more ways than just catching the football.

My take: Mims has become a much more popular pick for the Eagles in recent weeks and I understand why. He’s a size/speed guy (he ran 4.38 at 207 pounds) and can play outside, while there are concerns about whether or not Justin Jefferson can. Mims is a good player and an explosive athlete but needs more polishing than some others in the first-round range. But there’s definitely a lot of upside. 

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today

Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor 

What they said: For as much confidence as executive vice president Howie Roseman has expressed in the receiving corps, hard to believe Philadelphia truly prepared to stand pat and pass up a dynamic deep target in Mims.

My take: In both mock drafts that have the Eagles’ taking Mims, he goes just before Jefferson from LSU. It’s an intriguing situation. Jefferson is more polished and probably more of a sure thing, but Mims has the ability to play outside but probably has a lower floor overall. 

ESPN, Todd McShay

Patrick Queen, LB, LSU 

What they said: The void at wide receiver hasn't gone away, and the Eagles will have to think long and hard about whether they are ready to enter the 2020 season with the oft-injured Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, along with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside off a disappointing rookie campaign, as their wideouts again. Justin Jefferson out of LSU is for sure in play at No. 21. But Philadelphia also could really use a spark in the middle of the defense. Queen is a rangy, off-ball linebacker with burst and great tackling ability.

My take: I think Queen would be great in the Eagles’ defense. I think he’s worth a first-round pick and will be a good NFL player. I just don’t think the Eagles are going to draft a linebacker in the first round. Roseman hasn’t hid his feelings on the position; they like to bargain shop at linebacker. Maybe Queen is good enough to make the Eagles change their stance, but I’d be pretty surprised. 

Charles Davis, NFL.com 

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson 

What they said: No sense overthinking this selection. The WR corps needs to be upgraded, and Higgins provides a big target on the perimeter for Carson Wentz.

My take: Hey, remember Tee Higgins?!? Not that long ago Higgins was the most popular player for the Eagles in mock drafts but that has changed. While Higgins was popular in mock drafts, he wasn’t popular among Eagles fans because he’s not as explosive as some other receivers in this class. The 6-4, 216-pound receiver is a lankier, long runner who makes contested catches; he’s not a pure burner. In many mock drafts, he has fallen out of the first round. 

Peter Schrager, NFL.com

Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU 

What they said: If the Eagles don't trade up for one of the "Big Three" receivers (Ruggs III, Lamb, Jeudy), they could end up feeling pretty good about sitting tight and scooping up Jefferson. Crazy statistics in last year's championship season (111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TDs) matched by great interviews and surprising speed at the combine (4.43 40) make this a perfect fit.

My take: Jefferson has been the most popular choice for the Eagles for a while. Despite some legitimate concerns about his ability to be more than a slot receiver in the NFL, Jefferson had a monster 2019 season, had a great showing at the combine and has a relatively high floor in the NFL. 

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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles find an elite receiver

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles find an elite receiver

The NFL Draft is still scheduled for April 23-25, but will be in a different form this year. 

But the NFL is still planning to go forward at the normal time and the Eagles should be looking for a receiver. 

The Birds have made plenty of moves in free agency but it appears they’re waiting for the draft to find a top receiver. They will have options. 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles secure an elite receiver 

As receivers go elsewhere, Eagles will have to hit in draft

As receivers go elsewhere, Eagles will have to hit in draft

It’s becoming pretty clear the Eagles will try to address their pressing need at wide receiver in next month’s draft. 

If that wasn’t clear before Tuesday, that got hammered home as three of the top remaining free agent receivers on the market went elsewhere: 

While Funchess might not have made a ton of sense for the Eagles, Anderson or Perriman would have. 

Anderson ended up choosing a Temple reunion in Carolina with Matt Rhule and Breshad Perriman became Anderson’s replacement with the Jets. Jets GM (and former Eagles front office executive) Joe Douglas was with the Ravens when Perriman was drafted. 

A one-year deal for Perriman at that price seems pretty reasonable, especially when you consider that the Eagles held on to Nelson Agholor at a $9.4 million price tag last season. The Eagles don’t have unlimited cap space but they’re not right up against it either and Perriman would have helped. The former first-round pick came on strong late in 2019 and finished with 36 catches for 645 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

There are still some free agent options available but they are definitely dwindling: Demarcus Robinson, Tajae Sharpe, Taylor Gabriel, Marcus Johnson, Rashard Higgins, Paul Richardson, Geronimo Allison, Jaron Brown, Ted Ginn. 

I’m in the camp that thinks the Eagles should really try to bring in at least one veteran to bolster their receiving corps but it looks like they’re planning on figuring out that position of need in the draft. To their credit, this is a very good receiver draft class. Most mock drafts have the Eagles taking a receiver in the first round with the 21st pick or in a trade-up. 

But with their inaction during free agency, it’ll be even more important they hit on receivers who can play immediately in 2020. 

Here’s a reminder of what the Eagles have on their roster now: 

DeSean Jackson 
Alshon Jeffery 
Greg Ward
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 
Robert Davis 
Deontay Burnett
Marken Michel
Marcus Green
River Cracraft

Not a lot of known commodities in that group. Jackson is 33 and coming off a serious injury. Jeffery is 30, coming back from a Lisfranc injury and might be a bad locker room fit. JJAW is coming off a terrible rookie season. Ward had an OK season but might not be a long-term solution. 

And then the rest of that group is really unknown. 

I think it would have made a lot of sense for the Eagles to go after a guy like Perriman in free agency but they either didn’t or they didn’t do enough. And receiver remains a top need. 

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