In our first two mock draft roundups this year (version 1.0 and version 2.0), a number of draft analysts had the Philadelphia Eagles selecting a cornerback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. More recently, the O.G. of mock drafts, ESPN's Mel Kiper, had them taking a corner as well. If someone were to look up the Eagles' team stats in 2018, they could quickly identify that the Eagles were ranked 30th in yards against the pass. As such, it's easy for one to immediately think, "They need a corner," and move on, kinda like this: If you just caught a handful of widely viewed games like the ones where DeVante Bausby, Chandon Sullivan, and an obviously hobbled Jones were getting lit up by the Saints and Cowboys, then sure, you might go, "OMG, their corners suuuuuuck." These people aren't dumb. Well, most of them aren't, anyway. They just aren't drilling way down deep into the nuances of the team picking 25th in the draft, because, well, by the time you get down that far, you … [Read more...] about Why do analysts keeping giving the Eagles cornerbacks in mock drafts?
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The 2019 NFL Draft is set for April 25. Between now and then, teams will prepare to make their picks, and sportswriters will make their predictions through mock drafts. We analysed nine mock draft’s to get a sense of how the first round might play out. Between now and April 25, all 32 NFL teams will be hard at work studying tape, evaluating players, and working to make deals to move up or down in the 2019 NFL Draft. By examining the predictions of several experts from a variety of outlets, you can get a pretty good idea of how the NFL world feels the first 32 picks could potentially shake out. We analysed the mock drafts of nine different experts –Chad Reuter, NFL.com, Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com, Bucky Brooks, NFL.com, Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports, Will Brinson, CBSSports, Mel Kiper 1.0, ESPN, Todd McShay 2.0, ESPN, Walter Football, and John Clayton, WaPo – and attempted to find a consensus among them. Take a look below and see how the experts believe the first … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL MOCK DRAFT: What the experts are predicting for the first round
In case you missed our Eagles-only mock draft 1.0, you can find it here. As a reminder, the Eagles are projected to have nine draft picks this year, with two in the second round, and none in the third. Let's just get right to it. Round 1: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) Ferrell was a redshirt sophomore a season ago who could have come out and likely would have been a first-round pick, but he opted to stay at Clemson. His numbers: Clelin Ferrell Tackles Sacks FF TFL 2016 44 6 0 12.5 2017 66 9.5 2 18 2018 55 11.5 3 20 TOTAL 165 27 5 50.5 With Brandon Graham potentially leaving in free agency this season, as well as Chris Long and Michael Bennett nearing the end of their careers, the Eagles badly need to reload at DE, a position of extreme importance in Jim Schwartz's scheme. … [Read more...] about Eagles-only 2019 mock draft, version 2.0
This year, like last year, mock draft season had to wait a little longer for Philadelphia Eagles fans. I'm sure you've all survived without it. As a reminder, the Eagles are projected to have nine draft picks this year, with two in the second round, and none in the third. Round 1: Jachai Polite, DE, Florida (6'2, 242) Polite had a breakout season for the Gators in 2018 with 45 tackles (19.5 for loss), 11 sacks, and best of all, 6 forced fumbles. He is one of the funnest prospects in this draft to watch, because of his combination of speed, pass rush feel, and relentlessness. A taste: I do also think that a trade up for a high-level, immediately-contributing defensive lineman prospect is possible, as t he Eagles potentially have some outgoing pass rushers this offseason: • Brandon Graham will be a free agent, and he is going to test the market. • Michael Bennett was a good player in 2018, and he'll be under contract in 2019 at a reasonable cost … [Read more...] about Eagles-only 2019 mock draft, version 1.0
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:15 AM EST Jan 17, 2019 With the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator search wrapped up, it's time to shift focus to the roster-building components of the offseason, namely free agency and the draft. Thankfully, Mel Kiper is happy to help. The longtime ESPN analyst released his first mock draft Thursday morning, and in it he has the Lions selecting LSU linebacker Devin White. "This is a spot to watch for a pass-rusher, as the Lions could part ways with free agent Ezekiel Ansah," Kiper writes. "In fact, coach Matt Patricia could use improvements at every level of his defense. White is a fly-to-the-football linebacker with similar athletic traits as Detroit middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, who was taken in the first round in 2017. The two could form a stellar tandem, as both are three-down linebackers. White isn't a true pass-rusher, but he makes plays in the backfield." That blurb isn't likely to inspire … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions take linebacker Devin White in Mel Kiper’s mock draft