WAR ROOM MOCK DRAFT: Round 4 (Part 2)
The Eagles surrounded Carson Wentz with offensive gamers during the first 3 rounds of the draft and finally drafted a defensive back to address defensive needs. So far the 2017 Eagles mock draft class is Dalvin Cook, Zay Jones, Dion Dawkins and Ahkello Witherspoon. Not too bad if you ask me.
Let’s take a look at the options on the top of the board as Eagles once again get on the clock in the 4th round. Ryan evaluated offensive players and Kelly reviewed defensive players in order to determine the best value picks for the second 4th round selection. Listen to their arguments and vote!
FOURTH ROUND (PART 2):
Ryan’s case for TYLER ORLOSKY
Let’s face it, Jason Kelce has a limited future with the Eagles. With that being said, taking Tyler Orlosky with this pick will solidify the center position for years to come.
Orlosky is a smaller center, weighing in at 298 pounds and measuring in at 6’3″. Although he seems small, he does not let that get to him. He plays like he is ten foot tall.
“Has the natural power to face off and compete against NFL nose guards, but lack of length and leverage could put a cap on where teams are willing to draft him. Functional in space. Lack of lateral quickness isn’t a big enough weakness to prevent him from making a living as an NFL starter. Though limited, he has average starter’s potential.”
Orlosky needs some work, which is perfect. We know Kelce has about one year left with the Eagles. It gives the Eagles the perfect time to develop Orlosky and prep him for the future.
At West Virgina, Orlosky played every game since the 2013 season. As a junior, he received second-team All-Big 12 honors and as a senior, he received first-team All-Big 12 honors. More importantly, he was a natural leader and the teams’ captain.
*Note the Eagles met with Orlosky at the combine and had a private workout with him
When it is all said and done, Orlosky has this toughness you cannot teach. He is going to do everything and anything in order to get the job done. At first, he might be a project, but he is definitely worth a chance.
Kelly’s case for DEREK RIVERS:
Derek Rivers is a DE from a smaller school but his stats alone prove he could become an impact player on an NFL team. Many DE prospects get knocked for taking snaps off but it simply isn’t the case with this guy. He has been a consistent and aggressive force on the edge for Youngstown State. Rivers compiled 58 tackles, 19.5 for loss, and 14 sacks, which ranked second in the nation his senior season.
He is 6’4″ tall and nearly 250 pounds, according to the NFL.com site. Although some may say Rivers is best suited for a 3-4 defense, I believe his skills would translate to any defense he played in.
Many have Rivers going much higher but I think there is a chance he will fall in the draft and be a worth pick for Eagles if he does. Pro Football Focus declared him one of the non-power 5 edge prospect to watch. I do tend to agree with their evaluation. He will be a project in the eyes of many teams but he is gifted and Eagles need to develop talent in mid round prospects better than they have in the past. Rivers would be the perfect candidate to prove they can accomplish that.
Rivers can move offensive linemen to create pressure on a Quarterback and was very productive at the FCS level. With the 1-year signing of Chris Long reported, Rivers would have time to build up his weight a bit to compete against NFL-caliber offensive linemen but would be viewed as the long-term solution.
His combine results were impressive.