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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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Dave Zangaro’s one and only 2019 first-round NFL mock draft

Dave Zangaro’s one and only 2019 first-round NFL mock draft

Fact: The internet is now 50 percent mock drafts. 

OK, that’s not true. It just feels that way. 

For months, mock drafts have taken over NFL media. They’re all wrong. Some are more wrong than others. That’s the key, I suppose. Be less wrong than others? Really, the key is to just have some fun. And once you stop thinking that mock drafts are full of reputable information (they’re mostly not), they are fun. 

I do one first-round mock draft per year. It then gives you the right to mock me.

Have at it: 

1. Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
There’s too much smoke here for there to not be fire. Here’s your new quarterback, Kliff Kinsbury. Maybe Murray doesn’t have ideal size, but he’s a heckuva athlete and will bring some much-needed excitement back to that franchise. 

2. 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The 49ers probably love that Murray is going to go first. I thought about Quinnen Williams here, but Bosa is too good, too much of a sure thing. Pairing him with Dee Ford for the next few years could be deadly. 

3. Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky 
I went back and forth on this one but landed on Allen. Williams would be a fine pick too. Instead, they take an edge rusher with a ton of potential. He might end up being a dominant player. 

4. Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama 
Speaking of dominant, Williams certainly fits that description. There’s a chance he could be the best player in this class, so the Raiders should be thrilled to sit at No. 4 and get him. 

5. Buccaneers: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
I understand why so many have the Bucs taking a linebacker here, but pass rushing is so important and Sweat has had a tremendous pre-draft process, particularly at the combine. The Bucs try to get a difference-making pass rusher. 

6. Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke 
I get that this is probably too early for Jones, but if the Giants like him, I can’t imagine they’ll wait and hope he gets to them at 17. Jones might need some extra time, but the Giants are still committed to playing Eli Manning in 2019. Jones can learn from him and then take over. This isn't the move I'd make, but Dave Gettleman is in charge for the Giants and he's a crazy person. 

7. Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida 
The Jags paid Nick Foles a crazy amount of money, so they better protect their investment. They’ll do that by locking up the top offensive tackle in this pretty decent class. 

8. Lions: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State 
Detroit is in desperate need of some pass rush and Burns is a freaky athletic specimen, who has been flying up draft boards. He’s also pretty good against the run, especially for his lanky build. Matt Patricia gets a good one here. 

9. Bills: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan 
Longtime Bill Kyle Williams retired so they immediately find his replacement in Gary. At 277 pounds, Gary could play both inside and outside for the Bills. 

10. Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
There has been a lot of smoke here, between the Broncos and Lock for a while. If John Elway can sit back at 10 and get the quarterback he might covet most, that’s a good day. 

11. Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
A great athlete the Bengals can plug-and-play in their defense. He’s probably a top-10 talent, so the Bengals should feel confident they’re getting enough value. Linebacker is an obvious need, but this isn’t a reach. 

12. Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama 
The Packers could very well go for a tight end here — both top ones are still on the board — but Williams might be the best player on the board and could take care of a long-term need for Green Bay. 

13. Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State 
With all these quarterbacks, trade ups are always possible, but maybe the Dolphins can stay at 13 and still get their guy. I have Haskins as the fourth QB to go. I think he’s better than that, but I’m not picking this based on my own preference. This pick really depends on the Dolphins’ preference. They need to find their franchise quarterback. 

14. Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston 
Oliver is a top-10 type talent and a team like the Falcons could really benefit from QBs going in the top half of the first round. Oliver next to Grady Jarrett could be dangerous. 

15. Redskins: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi 
With plenty of other needs and with the top QBs off the board, Washington tries to make a splash with the bulked up receiver. If Washington does end up trading for Josh Rosen, here’s a target for him. 

16. Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson 
The first of three Clemson defensive linemen to go in Round 1, Ferrell gives the Panthers some much-needed youth at edge rusher. Julius Peppers finally retired, so Ferrell can take his spot. 

17. Giants: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan 
White is probably the top linebacker in this class, but the other Devin is pretty damn close. He’s not very big, but Bush is an absolute difference-maker and the Giants just need to add some of those. 

18. Vikings: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa 
Sure, Kyle Rudolph is still around, but Hockenson can help the Vikings immediately. So what if they have to use some two-tight end sets. Definitely a talent over need scenario, but he’s a good one. 

19. Titans: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College 
If Mike Vrabel needs some intel on BC players, he can ask his son. He won’t need to ask him how good Lindstrom is. He’s one of those players who isn’t getting talked about enough but could hear his name earlier than many expect. 

20. Steelers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
There’s a case to be made that Fant is the top tight end in this class. While it’s not a desperate need for Pittsburgh, pairing him with Vance McDonald could be another great tight end combination. 

21. Seahawks: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
I think Williams is the top corner in this class and who am I to question LSU when it comes to defensive backs? Williams is a great cover guy but also a solid tackler. And he’s 6-2. Sounds like a Seahawks corner to me. 

22. Ravens: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State 
Bradbury is a first-round pick to me. He has guard/center versatility and would be an immediate and long-term starter for the Ravens. He could start at either position for the Ravens in 2019. 

23. Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State 
The Texans have needed offensive tackle help for years, so maybe they’ll finally get some. Houston would probably be pretty happy if Dillard is available for them here. 

24. Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama 
This is a move that would make Al Davis happy. Time to replace Marshawn Lynch and bring in a huge piece to that offense. With three first-round picks, they can afford to take a running back with one of them. 

25. Eagles: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
If Wilkins makes it to the Eagles, I’m sure they’d run this pick in. I think there’s a chance he’s there, but not a great chance. But he would be a perfect fit for them. He would be a rotational player behind Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson to start, but would become a really solid long-term starter. The only thing to worry about is that he’s already 23, but he checks every other box. Productive and disruptive college player at a position of importance, and a solid locker room presence. Sign me up. 

26. Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
If Wilkins is gone, the Colts will take the next best option, which is Tillery from Notre Dame. He’s another interior defensive lineman who can offer the Colts some interior pass rush. 

27. Raiders: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
After taking Williams and Jacobs, the Raiders round out their first-round trio with a versatile offensive lineman from K-State. Risner could start immediately at guard, but could also fill in at guard and tackle. 

28. Chargers: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
He might be a long-term fit at offensive guard, but for now, he can step in and play tackle immediately for the Chargers. 

29. Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia 
Here comes an aggressive, ball-hawking corner for the Chiefs. Baker is the second CB off the board and will start immediately. 

30. Packers: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
This is actually a good safety class, so this might be a little late for one to go. But if this happens, the Packers would have their pick. Nasir Adderly, Taylor Rapp and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson are also in play. 

31. Rams: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Rams get their nose tackle in the form of the third Clemson defensive lineman off the board. Lawrence would come in and immediately replace Ndamukong Suh. 

32. Patriots: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
A foot injury ruined Brown’s buzz during the pre-draft process, but that won’t scare of the Patriots, who get a pure speed threat. This dude can flat-out fly. 

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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 9.0: Trading up or trading down?

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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 9.0: Trading up or trading down?

We’re just about two weeks away from the 2019 NFL draft, which means we’re well into lying and smokescreen season. 

Don’t believe anything you hear from here on out. 

But that never stops mock draft season. Mock draft season has now overtaken spring. 

Let’s peruse some recent mocks and evaluate these possible moves from the Eagles’ perspective:

NFL.com, Charley Casserley

Trade up to 22: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi 

Here’s what they said: “The foundation of the Eagles' recent success has been the strength of their O-line, so adding a quality player here helps now and for the future.”

My take on the move: The former NFL GM doesn’t offer up the details of his proposed trade here, so it’s hard to really evaluate it without knowing what the Eagles gave up to move three spots higher. According to the draft value chart, this move is about 60 points. The Eagles’ first fourth-rounder is worth 45 points. Maybe that alone or maybe that and a sixth or future seventh does the trick. 

I think it’s very possible the Eagles move up in this draft. To me, there’s value in getting into the late teens/early 20s for a player who might drop. I’m not sure it’s going to be for Little. Casserley has him as the fifth offensive lineman off the board. I’m not sure he’s worth the trade up and I’m not sure the Eagles would be willing to give away something to take him. But I do understand Casserley’s thought process to some extent. The Texans are in need of OL help at 23, so if the Eagles really wanted to get Little in this scenario, they would need to trade up. I’m just not buying that they would want him that bad. 

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Here’s what they said: “Thornhill had a quietly effective 2018 campaign and he used the combine as an exclamation point on the season. He ran a 4.42 40, had a 44-inch vertical, and that, coupled with his game film, could see him sneak into Round 1.”

My take on Thornhill: I really like the player and I think the Eagles will be in play for him in the second round. But the first round is a little too rich for my blood. I think there will be better value on the board at higher priority positions. Wilson has Thornhill as the first safety taken, so if the Eagles really think that highly of him, if they think they’re getting the best player at the position, maybe they take him. But is the drop-off from Thornhill to a safety in the second round that great? 

NFL.com, Charles Davis

Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Here’s what they said: “LB Jordan Hicks ran the defense well in Philadelphia when he was healthy, but now with his move to Arizona, a new leader is tabbed by the Eagles. Bush can fly around the field to make plays.

My take on Bush: Again, I like the player. Not sure about the value. And in this case, I think Bush is a first round pick and if he’s there at 25, he has fallen further than I originally expected, but you know the deal with linebackers and the Eagles. They just don’t value the position the way some fans (and my coworker Barrett Brooks) value them. Would he be a good fit? Sure. But I still don’t see it happening. 

CBS Sports, Will Brinson

Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

Here’s what they said: “Weird spot for the Eagles, who definitely don't NEED help on the defensive line. They're just in a good spot from a roster perspective right now, so why not grab a guy who is a top-10 talent, get a fifth year option on him and don't have to worry about rushing him back to the field. It's like the Sidney Jones plan but for the DL.”

My take on Simmons: This would be a tough sell to a fanbase that has already become prematurely impatient with Sidney Jones to just wait for Simmons to be ready. But there’s some sense to this. Simmons would go much higher if he wasn’t injured, so there’s value. And the Eagles don’t need a starter. But gambling with pick No. 43 is a lot different than gambling with pick No. 25 and the Eagles could use some help with depth at defensive tackle, where they lack depth, in 2019. 

San Diego Union-Tribune, Eddie Brown

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson 

Here’s what they said: “The Eagles would pounce if Ferrell falls this far. Ferrell was the most productive player on the most talented defensive line in college football last season and would have likely been a first-rounder in the 2018 NFL Draft.” 

My take on Ferrell: Yeah, I think Ferrell will be long gone. He’s a target to trade up if he falls past 15. But if he’s there at 25, yeah, run the damn pick in. 

CBS Sports, R.J. White

Trade out of first round 

Here’s what they said: “Mock trade: Bengals get No. 25 for No. 42, 198, 2020 2nd. The Bengals aren't done on Thursday, packaging a 2020 second-round pick with No. 42 and one of their many sixth-rounders to go up and get (Daniel) Jones, a franchise quarterback with good accuracy who new coach Zac Taylor can develop from Day 1. With quarterbacks on both offense and defense in the fold, the Bengals spend their remaining Day 2 pick on Howard, an athletic tackle who has plenty of upside to develop into a starter.”

My take on the move: I think it’s more likely the Eagles trade up than down this year. But if there’s one reason a team would want to trade up aggressively, it would be for a quarterback. But why are the Bengals jumping in front these teams? The Colts pick at 26. In this mock, the Cardinals pick at 27 after another trade (but they could have had their pick of QBs earlier), the Chargers at 28, the Seahawks at 29, Packers at 30, Rams at 31, Patriots at 32. Not sure why the Bengals would make that aggressive of a move. And this means the Eagles first pick wouldn’t be until 42. There’s a big difference between 25 and 42, but that 2020 second-rounder is enticing. 

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