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.
I am pretty sure I will have the Eagles drafting a running back with their first pick all season long since they sorely need to find a back to pair with Wentz. I doubt the undersized Donnel Pumphrey will stabilize anything since they already have two undersized backs in Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood who provide the same skill sets. Plus, the constantly injured Ryan Matthews is on the cusp of being cut. The signing of LaGarrett Blount is just a way for them to get those red zone touchdowns, but in New England he was not even that great at doing that. Instead, drafting Guice is a fantastic option. To me he looked a world better than Fournette last season with his better speed and pass catching ability. Now with a full season without the overhyped Fournette in front of him will place him squarely in the first round.
Last Weeks Selection: Derrius Guice RB LSU at Pick # 13
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Mike Williams, WR </i>
The Eagles have to get a stronger running game to help Carson Wentz. Here's a stud back for Philadelphia. <br> <br>
Barkley was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. <br> <br>
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder is a tough runner with a burst. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously James Washington, WR </i> </u>
The Eagles drafted Sidney Jones in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but they could use another corner to pair with him. <br> <br>
Marshall (6-1, 200) has good size and has played well for the Trojans over the past two seasons. As freshman, he had 67 tackles with nine breakups and three interceptions. In 2016, he made 51 tackles with eight breakups and three interceptions. With Adoree' Jackson in the NFL, Marshall should be the No. 1 corner who draws the best receivers as a junior. Team sources have said that Marshall has a first-round skill set.
The Eagles passed over taking a CB in the first round last year, and they will need to address the position next year. McFadden has terrific cover skills and should find himself being one of the top CBs next year.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 1/30): Dalvin Cook, RB </i>
The Eagles have to get some receiving upgrades for Carson Wentz. <br> <br>
I'm not sure that Washington will end up grading out as a first-rounder, but he could have that potential because he has been a big-play receiver for the Cowboys. In 2016, Washington had 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he snagged 53 passes for 1,087 yards with 10 scores. Washington (6-1, 205) has decent size and can stretch teams vertically with speed. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Noah Brown, WR </i> </u>