O.J. Howard may seem like an odd selection, considering the Eagles have Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton on the roster. However, Philadelphia wants to pick the best player available, and if that's the case, Howard would be the choice if he's still available at No. 14 overall.
Besides, it's not like the Eagles couldn't use someone of Howard's immense talent level. He'd provide another weapon for Carson Wentz to go along with Ertz. Celek would be phased out - or released - while Burton will be a free agent after this season.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Marlon Humphrey, CB - There was some speculation around the league that the Eagles would spend the 14th-overall pick on Conley. Given their huge need for a top cornerback, the Ohio State product made a lot of sense. That's not the case anymore, but perhaps Philadelphia will pick another corner.
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.
Rd. 3, Pk. 35
<b> Philadelphia Eagles: 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.
Rd. 6, Pk. 10
Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest
The Eagles will be in the market for a linebacker, as Mychal Kendricks didn't take to the new defense last year, and could be shipped off as a result.
Rd. 7, Pk. 12
Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
The Eagles may take a chance on local product Brad Seaton, who could provide insurance if Lane Johnson is suspended again.
With Gareon Conley's off-the-field issue, I'm not sure there is a corner who Philadelphia would value at No. 14. Thus, the Eagles could change course and add a pass-rusher. Here's an edge rusher they've hosted who could rush across from Brandon Graham.
In 2016, Barnett recorded 56 tackles with 19 for a loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, five passes broken up and one interception. Sources view Barnett as a smooth pass-rusher who has some natural pass-rushing skills for the pros. Barnett can fight his way through blocks and close on the quarterback. The best traits that Barnett illustrates are an ability to sink his hips and dip under tackles to get leverage in chasing down the quarterback.
Barnett racked up 69 tackles with 12.5 for a loss and 10 sacks in 2015. He notched 10 sacks alongside 72 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss as a freshman. Barnett (6-3, 259) is a solid run defender with room for improvement.
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
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Philadelphia could use more long-term receiving talent and has shown interest in Godwin.
Godwin had an electric end to the 2016 season with a tremendous Rose Bowl performance against USC. He made nine catches for 187 yards with two touchdowns - both scores came against Trojans cornerback Adoree' Jackson. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Godwin is a smooth receiver who has some quickness while not being undersized. The junior totaled 59 receptions for 982 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2016 and decided to skip his senior year on those numbers. After a blazing fast 40 time at the combine, Godwin should end up being a second-day pick.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
The Eagles could use multiple cornerback upgrades.
In 2016, Sutton recorded eight tackles with one pass breakup and an interception. His season ended during Week 3, when he broke a bone in his ankle. Sutton has decent size, quickness and instincts. He prevents separation, but needs to get better at playing the ball. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a physical defender who plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Sutton totaled 28 tackles, one interception and six passes batted in 2015. He was excellent for the Volunteers in 2014, recording 37 tackles with three interceptions, 13 passes broken up and four tackles for a loss for the year. Sutton was a superb freshman cornerback in 2013 while recording 39 tackles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions that season.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
The Eagles could take multiple wide receivers from this class as there is 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 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 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. <br> <br>
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. <br> <br>
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.<br> <br>
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.
Team History: Philadelphia Eagles 84-seasons (1933-2017)
Number of 1st Round Picks: 70 picks (6-14th overalls)
Total Ranking: Offense-20th: 337.4ypg / Defense-12th: 342.8ypg
Needs: RB, WR, CB, & OLB
The Eagles are looking for a running back or a to go wide receiver. Wentz hit his rookie wall at the end of the season last, year. Finding a playmaker for Wentz will help further his development into the franchise quarterback.
Christian McCaffrey is one of the most athletic players in this year's draft. He has the genetics, speed, quickness, and IQ. He has played in a similar system to the Eagles in college and excelled to create separation. He was a top performer in the NFL combine and could be the next Marshall Faulk.
NFL Combine Results: Ht-5'11"/ Wt-202lbs/ 40time-4.48s/ Bench Press-10reps/
Vert. Jump-37.5"/ Broad Jump-10'1"/ 60yrd Shuttle-11.03s/ 20yrd Shuttle-4.22s/
3-Cone Drill-6.57s/ Arm Length-30"/ Hand Size-9"
NFL Combine Grade: 6.02- Could to become good NFL starter
NFL Comparison: Tiki Barber
Pro Day Results: DNP
Colin's Comparison: Marshall Faulk
Other Options: Gareon Conley-CB; Takkarist McKinley-EDGE; Dalvin Cook-RB
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.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 14
Derek Barnett, DE/3-4OLB
This pick is perfectly fine. Some had Derek Barnett as high as No. 9, but he was slotted in the mid-teens in most places. I had him falling to No. 22, but that was worst-case scenario for Barnett. The Tennessee product is a very talented edge rusher, but didn't test very well. That could remind the Eagles of Brandon Graham. The two are very similar, and Philadelphia had to find an upgrade across from Graham. However, there were better prospects available like Jonathan Allen, Malik Hooker and O.J. Howard. Still, this is a solid pick, and I don't have any issues with it otherwise.
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Sidney Jones, CB
If you were to tell the Eagles two months ago that they could select Sidney Jones in the second round, the front office probably would've had you committed to a mental ward. And yet, here we are, as Jones is coming off a torn Achilles. Jones is a top-15 talent and may not be able to play in 2017. There's a chance he could, and even if he does, he probably won't be 100 percent. However, Jones should be fully recovered by 2018, and by that time, Philadelphia will be ready to compete for the Super Bowl (though I'd say they are ready this year.) Jones will likely emerge as a No. 1 shutdown cornerback by then, making this a terrific selection.
Rd. 3, Pk. 35
Rasul Douglas, CB
It's hardly a surprise that the Eagles have opted to double down on cornerbacks. They had an extreme need at the position, and the first corner they chose may not be ready to play until 2018. Douglas is a solid choice, as I had him slotted only slightly later than this. Douglas is a tall cornerback who accumulated plenty of interceptions this past season, so he might be able to start right away, though I think he needs some work.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Mack Hollins, WR
It's no surprise that the Eagles drafted a receiver, as both Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Matthews are impending free agents after this season. I had Mack Hollins taken in the fifth round, but this isn't a big reach. Hollins is a huge receiver (6-4, 221) with some decent speed, but he has struggled to stay healthy. If it weren't for durability concerns, he could've been chosen on Day 2.
Rd. 4, Pk. 25
Donnel Pumphrey, RB
Earlier in the fourth round, the Bears selected a very, very poor man's Darren Sproles. Donnel Pumphrey is just a poor man's Darren Sproles. Pumphrey tested poorly at the combine, but was highly productive at San Diego State. I had him going in the fifth round, so I'm not a big fan of the Eagles moving up for him.
Rd. 5, Pk. 22
Shelton Gibson, WR
I once slotted Shelton Gibson in the third round of my mock draft, but he finished up at No. 168 in my projections, so I think the range is certainly correct. Gibson looked like he had good deep speed at West Virginia, but ran poorly at the combine. He also struggled with drops at West Virginia. However, Gibson projects a solid return specialist, so he could help in that regard.
Rd. 5, Pk. 40
Nate Gerry, S
I actually had Nate Gerry going No. 184 overall, but to the Dolphins. He fits the exact range, and I like this pick for the Eagles. He provides some needed safety depth, and if he emerges as a starter, the Eagles could move Malcolm Jenkins to nickel. Gerry projects as a run-stuffing safety with decent athleticism.
Rd. 6, Pk. 30
Elijah Qualls, DT/NT
I had Elijah Qualls being chosen much earlier than this, as I slotted him at the end of the fourth round. Qualls was a highly productive player at Washington. He didn't test well during the pre-draft process, but he projects as a run-stuffing specialist with a bit of pass-rushing ability. The Eagles lost Bennie Logan, so it's not out of the question that Qualls could take over his spot at some point.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.