Eagles mock draft: Ryan Neal’s Final 7-round mock draft
In just a couple of hours, the NFL Draft kicks off from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With that being said, it is time to release my final mock draft. In my previous mock draft, I had the Eagles taking a wide receiver, but this one is a little different. Let’s get into my mock draft and see who the Eagles get.
Round 1 Pick 14: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
Supposedly, the Eagles are in love with Christian McCaffrey and he will be their pick if he falls. McCaffrey is a cannot miss prospect, he will be an impactful player whenever he is on the field. He is the perfect compliment running back and also quite the receiver.
If you have followed me, you know I have been a McCaffrey advocate for a while now. I think he is the playmaker and fire starter this offense needs.
Round 2 Pick 43: USC CB Adoree Jackson
There is no doubt cornerback is the Eagles biggest need. They cannot fail to address this need with one of their first two selections. Luckily, Adoree Jackson falls to them in the second round.
Jackson is not just a great cornerback, but he adds a lot of value on special teams, he had nine return touchdowns last season. Jackson met with the Eagles and the Eagles came away impressed. The interest is there and the Eagles played it smart and waited for him in the second round.
Round 3 Pick 99: Villanova DE Tanoh Kpassagnon
The Eagles continue the streak of adding players with extremely hard names to spell and pronounce.
The Eagles wait until round three for a pass rusher because they still have hope for Vinny Curry and added veteran Chris Long.
However, both of those players should be scared because they add a true freak of nature in Tanoh Kpassagnon. Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas had nothing but praise for Kpassagnon when asked about him at the Senior Bowl.
Round 4 Pick 118: Central Florida CB Shaquill Griffin
By adding Adoree Jackson, the Eagles are pretty set with their starting cornerbacks this season. The team likes Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks. They also added veteran Patrick Robinson and Jackson with their second round pick.
Now it is time to get quality depth and they get that in Shaquill Griffin. Griffin is an athletic freak and can really mature into a top talent under Eagles DB coach Cory Undlin. He is a depth pick, but can easily compete for a starting role.
Round 4 Pick 139: LSU LB Duke Riley
Duke Riley is a perfect fit in Jim Schwartz’s defense and is a great compliment to Jordan Hicks. Riley flies across the field, he is everywhere and always around the ball. This move does not mean the end of Mychal Kendricks, but it does leave the writing on the wall.
Round 5 Pick 155: West Virgina WR Shelton Gibson
Grabbing a receiver to grow with Carson Wentz is the goal here. Shelton Gibson, who visited the Eagles is the player the Eagles get here.
Gibson was on the list given to Wentz before the season ended. He is compared to Desean Jackson, so maybe the team views him as the long-term Torrey Smith replacement.
Round 6 Pick 194: West Virginia C Tyler Orlosky
I had Orlosky mocked to the Eagles in my previous mock in the same spot.
He is a project center and can be viewed as the replacement for Jason Kelce. Kelce can be released or traded and it will save the Eagles some money.
Round 7 Pick 230: Tennessee St. CB Erza Robinson
The Eagles grab another corner with their last pick in the draft.
Erza Robinson is a big sleeper in this years’ draft. He is a depth player and another project for the team. If handled correctly, Robinson can blossom into a really good NFL player.
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