Final Eagles Mock Draft

ADDENDUM: Obviously with recent events that occurred with Gareon Conley (http://es.pn/2p1HtHs), there is a good chance that he isn’t even drafted. I’m not going to lay out the details as I did below, but here is how I would adjust to a late change.

Round 1 (14) – Traded to Houston for picks 25, 57, & 169. Houston takes Patrick Mahomes.
Round 1 (25) – Kevin King | CB | Washington | 6’3” | 200
Round 2 (43) – Alvin Kamara | RB | Tennessee | 5’10” | 214
Round 2 (57) – Jordan Willis | DE | Kansas State | 6’4” | 255
Round 3 (99) – Ahkello Witherspoon | CB | Colorado | 6’3” | 198
Round 4 (118) – Duke Riley | LB | LSU | 6’0” | 232
Round 4 (139) – Shelton Gibson | WR | West Virginia | 5’11” | 191
Round 5 (155) – Damontae Kazee | CB | San Diego State | 5’10” | 184
Round 5 (169) – Brendan Langely | CB | Lamar | 6’0” | 201
Round 6 (194) – Aaron Jones | RB | UTEP | 5’9” | 208
Round 7 (230) – Austin Calitro | LB | Villanova | 6’0” | 239


It has finally arrived. The NFL Draft is tomorrow. There couldn’t be a more perfect time for my final mock draft. This year’s draft class was one of the most fun to watch on tape. The amount of talent at positions like cornerback, running back, tight end, and safety is exciting, and the Eagles are in a fortunate position that their needs, for the most part, line up with positions of depth in this class.As you will note, the first two days of my mock draft haven’t changed since my last mock. Here’s a link to my last mock for reference: http://bit.ly/2mtAXK0. I assure you that I went through probably 100 different scenario’s since then, but circled back to what I think is most likely to happen.

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Note the new feature. Click the hyperlink on the players’ names, and it will take you to a PDF version of my full scouting report for each player!

Round 1 (14) – Gareon Conley | CB | Ohio State | 6’0” | 195
NFL Comp: Stephon Gilmore
Conley was overshadowed for a large portion his career, first by Eli Apple, and then by Marshon Lattimore; however, Conley is a blue chip prospect with an aggressive coverage style. At Ohio State, Conley played all three coverage techniques: press, off-man, and zone coverage. When watching tape, Conley is an extremely fluid athlete at his size and is able to flip his hips and drive on the football. If there is a weakness in Conley’s game, it’s that he’s not aggressive in run support. Conley really excelled at the combine, posting an eye-popping 4.44 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical leap, and a 6.68 3-cone drill. During the season, Conley was often left on an island against some of the best receivers in college football like Mike Williams and Chris Godwin. Statistically, Conley compares well with any prospect. Last season at Ohio State, Conley had 4 interceptions and 8 passes defensed. Conley has been linked to the Eagles multiple times this offseason and has met with the Eagles on multiple occasions. It’s no secret that the Eagles have a glaring need at cornerback, and the 14th pick should align with that need.

Round 2 (43) – Alvin Kamara | RB | Tennessee | 5’10” | 214
NFL Comp: Priest Holmes
Kamara is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s running back class. As one of the most highly rated high school recruits, Kamara went to Alabama, but transferred to Tennessee. Kamara is the prototypical size for a running back, and although he didn’t run the best 40-yard dash time, his other athletic numbers were very good. Kamara posted a 39.5-inch vertical leap and a 10’11” broad jump, which all indicate good explosion and suddenness. Kamara never posted astronomical numbers at Tennessee; in fact, he was never even the starting running back until Jalen Hurd was injured this season. Kamara has all the traits you look for in an NFL running back and is a very good scheme fit for the Eagles. Kamara runs hard, with good balance, and is the second best receiving running back in this year’s class. In 2016, Kamara had a very balanced year with just under 600 yards rushing and just under 400 yards receiving. Kamara also has the stature to handle a full workload at the NFL level. Most important, Kamara can come in and be a contributor immediately for the Eagles.

Round 3 (99) – Ahkello Witherspoon | CB | Colorado | 6’3” | 198
NFL Comp: Bobby Taylor
Colorado plays a very similar coverage scheme to the Eagles, so it is very easy to see how Witherspoon fits with the team. Witherspoon had a breakout year this season, with Colorado having 19 passes defensed and showing out against one of the best receivers in this draft, John Ross. Witherspoon mirrors receivers easily and is an extremely fluid athlete for his size. Witherspoon improved his draft stock even more at the combine posting an extremely impressive 4.45 40-yard dash, 40.5-inch vertical leap, and 10’7” broad jump. Witherspoon is still a little raw with his technique and is not the most aggressive in run support, but if he can add a little weight and become more polished, he will have a long career in the NFL. Having a prospect with the combination of size and smooth athleticism is extremely rare in every draft, except this one. With prospects like Obi Melifonwu and Kevin King, it’s not hard to imagine Witherspoon being available in the third round.

Round 4 (118) – Keionta Davis | DE | Tennessee-Chattanooga | 6’3” | 271
NFL Comp: William Hayes
Davis is the defensive end prospect who’s been the most overlooked this draft season. Davis may not play with the desired bend; however, he uses his hands very well at the point of attack. Davis also tested better than anticipated at his pro day with a 4.71 40-yard dash, 37-inch vert, 10’1” broad jump, and 30 reps at 225 pounds. Davis uses his long arms to his advantage as a pass rusher and has a relentless motor. Davis never seems to give up on a play and has a lot of effort sacks. The Eagles were one of two teams to work Davis out at his pro day and met with him at the senior bowl. Davis has extremely good game tape, and his tape against Alabama is excellent. Davis had 10 sacks on the season and could immediately contribute while developing a repertoire of moves behind Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Chris Long.

Round 4 (139) – Shelton Gibson | WR | West Virginia | 5’11” | 191
NFL Comp: Emmanuel Sanders
Since the Eagles got rid of DeSean Jackson there has been a major need for a player who can stretch the field. Nelson Agholor was supposed to be able to do that, but it turns out he’s not good at football. The Eagles also signed Torrey Smith this offseason, but no one is sure he will be able to bounce back after two bad seasons in San Francisco. Shelton Gibson is far from a perfect prospect, but he can make an immediate impact in the vertical passing game. At West Virginia, Gibson averaged 22.6 yards-per-reception for his career and routinely runs past defensive backs drawing extra attention from safeties. Gibson did run a disappointing 40-yard dash at the combine at only 4.5 seconds; however at his pro day, Gibson rectified his poor showing with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash. More important, Gibson is extremely fast on tape. This would be a value pick for the Eagles in the fourth round.

Round 5 (155) – Damontae Kazee | CB | San Diego State | 5’10” | 184
NFL Comp: Brent Grimes
Kazee was an extremely productive player at San Diego State. In the past two seasons, Kazee had 15 interceptions and 15 passes defensed. For being a smaller defender, Kazee is aggressive and a willing tackler. The thing that will most hurt Kazee in the draft is his size and athletic limitations. Athletically, Kazee was average to below average with a 4.54 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical leap. Kazee is probably best suited to play the nickel position in the NFL given his size, which the Eagles could use. Kazee reminds me a lot of Brent Grimes, who is also smaller and not the best athlete, but worked his way to being a starting corner in the NFL. The Eagles have shown interest in Kazee throughout the draft process and recently hosted him for a pre draft visit.

Round 6 (194) – Aaron jones | RB | UTEP | 5’9” | 208
NFL Comp: Dion Lewis
Jones is a prospect who has been overlooked much of this draft cycle until this years combine. At the combine, Jones posted a 4.56 40-yard dash, 37.5 inch vertical leap, 10’7” broad jump, and placed second in the three-cone drill with a 6.82. Not only did Jones wow with his combine performance, but during his senior year, Jones had over 1,700 yards rushing, averaging 7.7 yards-per-carry. Having been a slot-receiver for a season in high school, Jones shows good route running ability and is natural catching the football. The Eagles have shown interest in Jones, having worked him out during the draft process. I have the Eagles drafting a running back in the second round of the draft, so it would be a surprise for them to take another; however, Jones would be a real value later on in the draft and could contribute in the return game.

Round 7 (230) – Austin Calitro | LB | Villanova | 6’0” | 239
NFL Comp: Tahir Whitehead
The Eagles will need to take a linebacker at some point during the draft. Calitro started as a player that was looked at as a undrafted free agent; however, as the process has gone along, his name has gotten some more attention. Calitro performed very well during the East West Shrine game and has now met with the Eagles on a few occasions. During his senior campaign at Villanova, Calitro had 85 total tackles. Calitro tested very well during his pro day with a 4.67 40-yard dash, 34-inch vertical leap, and 9’3” broad jump. Calitro is best suited to play the SAM linebacker roll in a 4-3, most likely backing up Nigel Bradham. While Calitro is developing, he can be an immediate contributor on special teams, which is key for a day 3 draft pick.

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