Eagles fans target receiver 1st in crowd-sourced mock draft

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There are so many mock drafts out there, so we put this one on you. Here's a crowd-sourced Eagles-only mock draft. By Dave Zangaro

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There are so many mock drafts out there, so this time we gave you a chance to make the picks. At each of the Eagles' selections in the first five rounds, I gave four choices and let my Twitter followers pick the players. I used a draft simulator from TheDraftNetwork for this exercise.

Here's how you did:

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After four quarterbacks went in the first nine picks, the Cowboys chose Patrick Surtain II and the Giants chose Jaylen Waddle, setting up a tough choice for the Eagles at 12. Here were the results:

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (55.6%)

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (29.2%)

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State (14%)

Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan (1.2%)

I agree that the top two choices here were Smith and Horn. I’m not surprised that the Heisman Trophy-winning receiver ended up being the pick. Sure, some are concerned with his size but he just dominated the SEC.

 

 

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After opting for a receiver in Round 1, you guys got the Eagles a cornerback in Round 2 and one with a familiar name. Yup, the son of former Eagle Asante Samuel is the pick in an absolute landslide. While Samuel is a very good player, I’m guessing the name recognition didn’t hurt him either.

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State (82%)

Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky (9%)

Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas (6%)

Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest (3%)

I was a little surprised that Cosmi had double the amount of votes as Basham, who has been a hot pick in the tail end of the first round in some mock drafts.

But ultimately, the Eagles get a talented (yet undersized) cornerback who has shown the ability to play outside or inside as a nickel.

 

 

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This was a pretty close one in the third round, but the Eagles end up with a very talented safety out of Indiana. With just one full season as a starter, Johnson doesn’t have a thick resume but he had a great year in 2020 and is a versatile defensive back with ball skills.

Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana (40%)

Josh Myers, iOL, Ohio State (36%)

Jordan Smith, DE, UAB (16%)

Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame (8%)

It’s not surprising to see Myers get close here. Eagles fans are smart and know there’s a need at interior offensive line. I like Smith a little more than 16%. He might be more developmental but he has all the tools.

 

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You guys didn’t bite on Micah Parsons in the first round but wrap up the Eagles’ third-round picks with Werner from Ohio State. At 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, Werner was a three-year starter at one of the nation’s top programs and has the athleticism to be a three-down player in the NFL. He could have a limited defensive role early as a special teams contributor and grow into a starter.

Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State (46%)

Quincy Roche, DE, Miami (28%)

Kendrick Green, iOL, Illinois (17%)

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis (9%)

I like the Werner pick but of this group, I probably would have gone with Green. I think he’d be an adequate replacement for Kelce next year. I wondered if Roche’s being from Temple would have helped him; if it did, it didn’t enough. And I agree that the Eagles shouldn’t take Gainwell in this scenario but it’s really fun to think about how he’d fit in Nick Sirianni’s offense.

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This was the closest one yet but the Eagles end up with a potential starter for the interior of their offensive line. Moore wasn’t as an attractive an option as some of the ones that were passed up in the third but he could grow into being a starter. Moore (6-foot-2, 330 pounds) started 15 games at Grambling in 2018 and 2019 before opting out in 2020. He has the raw tools that Jeff Stoutland should be able to work with.

David Moore, iOL, Grambling State (31%)

Cameron Sample, DE, Tulane (24%)

Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh (23%)

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma (22%)

Sample is a really interesting prospect to me. He falls somewhere between being a DE and DT but has real pass rush upside as he showed at this year’s Senior Bowl. There were some intriguing options here.

7/12

There were still some pretty decent options for the Eagles in the fifth round. You went with Hubbard but Weaver would have been a good value pick and Yeboah would be a nice fit as a move tight end in Sirianni’s offense.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State (41%)

Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh (30%)

Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss (15%)

Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan (14%)

But the pick was Hubbard (6-foot-0, 210 pounds), who missed the end of his 2020 season with injury but had a tremendous 2019 season, going for over 2,000 yards on the ground with 21 touchdowns. He also showed ability as a receiver in college, catching 53 passes in the last three seasons.

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There’s a pretty good chance Koonce isn’t still available by the sixth round. He’s been a hotter name in recent weeks. But when I saw him available in this simulation this late, I had to put him on the list.

Malcolm Koonce, DE, Buffalo (34.5%)

Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin (29.3%)

Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia (25.4%)

Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford (10.8%)

Koonce (6-foot-2, 249 pounds) was first team All-Mac the last two seasons and had 14 sacks in 2019 and 2020. He’s a bit undersized and he missed his the Senior Bowl with an injury but there’s a lot to like about him, especially in a later round.

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The Eagles have back-to-back picks late in the sixth round so for this poll, we took your top two choices and gave them to the Eagles back-to-back.

Mustafa Johnson, DT, Colorado (34.3%)

Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee (29%)

Camryn Bynum, CB, California (19.3%)

Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas (17.3%)

Johnson (6-foot-0, 280 pounds) is an undersized defensive tackles but did have 15 sacks in 26 career games (all starts) for the Buffs. He obviously doesn’t have the traditional frame but is able to use his leverage to create some pass rush.

 

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The second of these back-to-back picks is Palmer out of Tennessee. This would be a pretty nice steal for the Eagles this late. Palmer (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has good size and is athletic enough to make it at the next level. He’s a good example of a good player getting pushed later in a draft class because of a deep position. In 2020, the sure-handed Palmer led the Vols in receiving with 33 catches for 475 yards and 4 touchdowns in 10 games.

While Franks finished dead last among the four players in our poll, he’s an interesting name. He finished his college career at Arkansas but played for Eagles QBs coach Brian Johnson at Florida. Franks has a huge frame and the physical tools to play in the NFL. If the Eagles are looking for a late-round developmental quarterback, Franks is someone to keep an eye on.

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With the first of two seventh-round picks, the Eagles snag their first tight end of this draft after a close vote. Bushman (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) is an older prospect at 25 years old and missed the 2020 season with a torn Achilles. But he led BYU in receiving in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, he had 47 catches for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also has blocking ability.

Matt Bushman, TE, BYU (32.8%)

Avery Williams, CB, Boise State (32.2%)

Royce Newman, OL, Ole Miss (25.3%)

Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State (9.8%)

I was surprised to see Uphoff get so few votes. I know the Eagles drafted a safety earlier in this class but Uphoff has been a hot name over the last couple of months, especially after his impressive Senior Bowl performance. 

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With the 11th and final pick in the draft, you guys gave the Eagles a second corner, which seems pretty fair given the Eagles’ lack of depth at the position heading into this draft.

Avery Williams, CB, Boise State (32%)

Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Florida State (30%)

Landon Young, OT, Kentucky (26%)

Manny Rugamba, CB, Miami, Ohio (12%)

At 5-foot-8, 187 pounds, Williams is obviously built to play in the slot at the next level but he has pure 4.40 speed. He was also the special teams player of the year in his conference twice in college. He returned kicks and punts and also blocked punts for Boise. These skills ought to help him make the roster at the next level.

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