The Eagles might be pretty surprised if Mike Williams falls to them. Williams could be chosen as high as No. 5 overall, but he didn't test very well, so some teams have soured on him. As a result, it's also very conceivable that he could slip to the 14th pick.
Philadelphia signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason, but Jeffery was signed to a 1-year deal, so he and Jordan Matthews will hit free agency. And speaking of Matthews, I'd expect him to be traded if Williams ends up being the pick.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Gareon Conley, CB - There's some speculation around the league that the Eagles will spend the 14th-overall pick on Conley. Given their huge need for a top cornerback, the Ohio State product would make a lot of sense.
2. Charles Harris, DE - The Eagles need an edge rusher, as the departed Connor Barwin didn't mesh well into Philadelphia's new defense.
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
This is a possibility even if the Eagles select a cornerback in the first round. They have a huge hole at the position, so they could take two corners, given how deep this class is in that particular area. Philadelphia did this back in 2002 when it selected Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in the first and second rounds, and that worked out very well. In this scenario, even just one cornerback would be a big help.
Pick change; previously Fabian Moreau, CB
Rd. 3, Pk. 35
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
The Eagles like James Conner and would want to select him around this area. They have an obvious need at running back that needs to be addressed.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Eagles traded for Timmy Jernigan, but I still think they'll be in the market for one more defensive tackle because of Beau Allen's injury.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
<b> Philadelphia Eagles: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
As mentioned earlier, the Eagles could double up on cornerbacks early. This works as well.
Rd. 5, Pk. 11
Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga
Connor Barwin left via free agency, and while Chris Long was signed, that was just a short-term depth addition.
The Eagles have more talent at wide receiver and on the defensive line than they do at cornerback. Corner is a premium position, and in their division, they have to have good talent in the defensive backfield. There is good depth at running back and receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft, so I think this pick will be used on a corner.
Humphrey has height, length and athleticism. The 6-foot, 197-pounder is a very good cover corner with size, quick feet, loose hips to turn and run, and physicality. He is very good at running the route and preventing separation. The one flaw that Humphrey has is playing the ball as there are receptions he allows when he is in good position but doesn't play the ball well over him. That could be corrected with good coaching. Surveying teams across the league, Humphrey and Marcus Lattimore are the consensus top corners.
Humphrey totaled 33 tackles with two tackles for a loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups in 2016. To open the year, Humphrey put together an excellent game against USC as he shut down wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, holding him to one catch for nine yards. Humphrey also had an interception returned 18 yards for a touchdown and a tackle for a loss in the contest. Aside from one mistake, Humphrey was very good at defending Washington speedster John Ross in their playoff matchup. Against Clemson and Mike Williams, Humphrey did well covering Williams overall but did allow some receptions over him.
After redshirting in 2014, Humphrey had an excellent debut to help Alabama win the 2015 season's National Championship. He earned a starting job across from Cyrus Jones and was the Crimson Tide's top corner. In 2015, Humphrey totaled 45 tackles with three interceptions and eight passes broken up. He was an Alabama legacy as the son of Bobby Humphrey, a former first-rounder who played for the Dolphins and Broncos.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
The Eagles grab a feature running back who is a great fit for Doug Pederson.
Kamara is a super-hot prospect in scouting circles and is going to keep rising throughout the leadup to the 2017 NFL Draft. Some sources say they wouldn't be surprised if Kamara ends up getting Thursday night consideration in the middle to back half of the first round because he is such a versatile, explosive play-maker.
The 5-foot-10, 214-pounder has a strong build with impressive speed. He is a dynamic receiver out of the backfield who also gives defenses a lot of problems running routes from the slot. Kamara has soft hands and is a superb route-runner. He also is a dangerous weapon on special teams with returning kicks. In my opinion, Kamara is a lot like Jamaal Charles; a comparison sources have agreed with.
In 2016, Kamara averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 596 yards and nine scores. He also took 40 receptions for 392 yards and four scores, plus was a threat as a punt returner. In 2015, Kamara averaged 6.5 yards per carry for 698 yards with seven touchdowns. He showed his skills in the passing game with 34 receptions for 291 yards with three scores.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ryan Anderson, OLB/3-4OLB, Alabama
Philadelphia could use an edge rusher from this draft, and Anderson could be a steal here. The Eagles have shown interest in him, too.
Anderson (6-2, 258) was a clutch performer for Alabama in 2016. He supplied a lot of pass rush off the edge and also did well at setting the edge in run defense. Anderson totaled 61 tackles with 18 for a loss, nine sacks, three passes broken up, one interception and four forced fumbles on the season. In 2015, he put together a strong finish to the season, recording 37 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles on the year.
Anderson has versatile size and upside to develop. He would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Carl Lawson, DE/3-4OLB, Auburn
The Eagles could use more edge rush across from Brandon Graham.
Lawson totaled 30 tackles with 12.5 for a loss, nine sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. In 2015, he seemed to give Laremy Tunsil more trouble than Myles Garrett did. If Lawson hadn't missed half of that season with an injury, he could have had a huge year. He totaled 17 tackles and one sack in his seven games. Lawson missed all of the 2014 season, and as a freshman, he had 20 tackles with four sacks.
Lawson is fast off the edge with some natural strength to fight blockers. The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder has a lot of upside, but his lack of durability is a huge negative. He has the talent to be a first-rounder, but his health is a big question mark.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
The Eagles could take multiple wide receivers from this class with good mid-round depth.
Ford totaled 79 receptions for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder had a breakout sophomore season with 75 receptions for 1,156 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also contributed as a freshman with 56 catches for 709 yards and six scores.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
The Eagles grab some tight end depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
The Eagles could use multiple wide receivers.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Malik Golden, SS, Penn State
The Eagles have hosted Golden and could use some safety depth.
2016 First Round Pick: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (2)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (22) Pass (24) Rush (11)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (13) Rush (15)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $6,730,188
(1) Barwin ($7.8 M)
(2) Daniel ($6 M)
(3) Kendrick ($5 M)
(4) Matthews ($4 M)
(5) Spoles ($4 M)
GM: Howie Roseman
Head Coach: Doug Pederson
Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz
Offensive Scheme: West Coast
Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking
Needs: (1) CB, (2) RB, (3) OT, (4) OG, (5) C
RB: (1) Cook (2) Smallwood
NFL.com Grade: 6.54 ESPN Grade: 92
NFL Comparison: Edgerrin James
Measurables: H: 6'0 W: 203 40: 4.52
Florida State has had a slew of talented running backs over the past 30 years, but Cook was the first to break the 1,000-yard barrier in his first season with the team. The next two seasons have only gotten better, ranking in the top 10 by breaking 1,600 yards (1,691 in 2015 ranked sixth in the FBS, 1,765 in 2016 ranked fifth), scoring 19 times as a rusher, and earning first-team All-ACC accolades each year. The speedy and shifty back was also named 2016 first-team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation, among others. NFL teams will be interested in his medical checks, though, because of the hamstring issues he had throughout the 2015 season and the three shoulder surgeries he's had since high school. Cook tore his rotator cuff in high school, then tore the front part of his labrum in 2014, and the back part of the labrum in 2016. He's also had run-ins with the law, starting in high school (robbery in 2009, charges dropped; firing and possessing a weapon on school property in 2010, charges drooped) and then again in 2015, where he was charged with misdemeanor battery outside a bar (found not guilty).
Very talented runner with outstanding balance, footwork and burst. Cook lacks the power that you may find with some running backs in this year's draft, but he is a homerun hitter with a resume featuring monster games against his most highly regarded opponents. Cook creates for himself with elusiveness and speed, but his value could be diminished by injuries, character and issues in pass protection. If everything checks out, he could become a rookie of the year candidate right away.
The nation’s best big-play running back, Cook can turn the slightest crease into an explosive play as he possesses angle-changing speed. He led all running backs with 90 missed tackles forced on the ground while averaging 4.2 yards after contact per rush in 2016. He did a better job of maximizing yardage when his blocking wasn’t there, all while maintaining his big-play ability that can change the game in a hurry. Florida State also used Cook a lot more in the passing game last season and that only adds to his value as a player who needs plenty of touches and he’ll be sure to make a major impact on the offense.
His angle-changing speed as a runner that makes him the best big-play threat in college football. Last year, we saw Cook lead the nation with 1,066 yards on breakaway (15-plus yard) runs, while this season he’s overcome subpar run blocking to lead the nation with 52 forced missed tackles while contributing more than ever in the passing game
First-year head coach Doug Pederson put together a respectable debut season in Philly, and the same can be said for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. While Wentz is undoubtedly the future of this franchise, the former FCS quarterback won't go far without a little help at the receiver position. In 2016, Eagles receivers combined for 24 drops with no receiver topping 1,000 yards or 5 touchdowns. While Jordan Matthews has been a reliable player up to this point, the Eagles have lacked a true home-run threat at wide receiver since Jeremy Maclin. At 6’3 and over 210 pounds, Western Michigan's Corey Davis is the top wide receiver prospect available. A unanimous All-American, Davis fits the bill for everything a team looks for in a wide receiver. A physical player with the size to back it up, Davis isn't afraid to play deep and take on some of the league's best defensive backs. With Davis joining the fray, Carson Wentz has his first true #1 wide receiver to work with.
The Eagles need Wide Receivers since Jordan Matthews is their only good Receiver. Now that both Mike Williams and Corey Davis are off the board the Eagles may look in the other direction for players. The Eagles literally have poop Cornerbacks and it is time for an upgrade over there in Philly.
The Eagles overall have a strong defense with the support from Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham. But they could really use support at Cornerback to make that defense an elite one.
Humphrey boasts an exciting combination of size, straight-line speed and physicality for the position. Possesses a broad-shouldered well-built frame with long arms well-suited to press coverage. Shows balance and provides a pop with his initial jam, showing good extension and body control to harass receivers off the snap. Isn't reliant on the jam, showing enough flexibility and balance to open his hips, turn and accelerate down the sideline with even the speediest of receivers. Good awareness, including in zone coverage, where Humphrey shows a feel for routes developing behind him while keeping his eyes trained on the quarterback.
The Eagles badly need some help for Carson Wentz in the form of more talent at running back and wide receiver.
In 2016, McCaffrey has averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has 37 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns through the air, too. McCaffrey also had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by a questionable penalty. <br> <br>
In my opinion, McCaffrey should have won the 2015 Heisman Trophy because he carried Stanford all season. McCaffrey was a home-run hitter and a threat to rip off a huge gain every time he touched the ball. McCaffrey has a tremendous burst to break into the open field with vision, cutting ability and elusiveness. In 2015, he averaged six yards per carry for 2,019 yards with eight touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 45 catches for 645 yards and five scores. McCaffrey (6-1, 200) looks undersized, but he still should be an early rounder. <br> <br>
The Eagles need a No. 1 wide receiver, a feature running back, and cornerback help. Of those needs, Williams is the best talent available. <br> <br>
In 2016, Williams hauled in 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was an impressive return to college football after missing most of 2015 due to injury. In that season's opener, Williams fractured his neck when he ran into the goalpost while catching a touchdown. That ended his year. <br> <br>
With Sammy Watkins in the NFL, Williams took over as Clemson's lead receiver in 2014 and caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. In his freshman season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and three scores. <br> <br>
Williams is a dynamic big receiver who is tremendous at using his size and leaping ability to make catches over defensive backs. He is a phenomenal red-zone weapon and is superb on back-shoulder sideline throws. While Williams made a lot of excellent leaping grabs, he does need to cut down on some dropped passes. The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder has a real combination of size and leaping ability.
I'm sure it's because your "NFL Matches" section is just the usual copy/pasta from other scouting report articles, but I literally spit out my drink reading you suggest Mixon as a fit for the Ravens. Zero chance that happens lol.
*EASTER UPDATE* WITH TRADES RD2, 3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign. Will see teams reach for QB & OT. 3 days till drafttime !! No big trades announced yet.