Category: Draft


Overall Grade – A

Round 1 – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.A

I love this pick.  He is the guy I wanted and he’s nearly a can’t miss prospect.  Fletcher Cox will be one of the bets DTs in the NFL within a few years.  He’s nearly unblockable.  He’s the most athletic DT, is instinctive and uses his hands well.  He was only a junior when he came out, so he’s only 21.  This is the best Eagles first round pick in a long time.    

Round 2 – Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal A-

Kendricks has a lot of potential to be a very good linebacker.  He is super athletic and was productive in college.  At times he looked a little weak on tape.  I’d like to see him put on 10 lbs of muscle and he will be dominant.

Round 2 – Vinny Curry, DE, MarshallA –

I like Vinny Curry a lot.  I also love that he’s an Eagles fan.  Curry is one of the more athletic DEs.  High athleticism was one of the overall trends of this draft.  Curry is strong and relentless.  He has great change of direction ability, but not elite speed off the edge.

Round 3 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – B

Nike Foles is a developmental prospect.  He has great size and has the potential to develop into a starter.  His  footwook are some what questionable, however he did complete nearly 70% of his passes during his senior year.

Round 4 – Brandon Boykin, CB/KR, Georgia – A

I love this pick for the 4th round.  Boykin has a chance to develop into a starter early on.  He’s one of the most athletic CBs and was productive throughout his college career.  He can also return kicks and punts.

Round 5 – Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue – C

I’m not very impressed with Kelly.  He has good size, but isn’t very athletic.  There were better prospects available at this pick.

Round 6 – Marvin McNutt Jr, WR, Iowa – A

I really like McNutt for the 6th round.  He was very productive his senior year.  According to his measurables he’s more athletic than Blackmon and bigger.  McNutt has a good opportunity to make the team and eventually be our third or fourth receiver.

Round 6 – Brandon Washington, OL, Miami – B –

While I think that Washington is more likely to pan out than Kelly, I don’t love him.  He’s got good size, but isn’t very athletic.

Round 7 – Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State – A

Brown was a solid pick for the 7th round.  He has good size at 230 lbs and good overall athleticism.  He was also a highly recruited high school player.  He has very little experience in college, only playing one full year.  He has good vision and has a good change to make the team as the third RB.

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Bold names are my favorite prospects

Round 1 (15th overall pick) – Fletcher Cox, DT or David DeCastro, G  If neither are available, I would take Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or trade down
Round 2 (46th overall pick) – Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or  Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G

Round 2 (51st overall pick) – Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G
Round 3 (88th overall pick) – Mike Martin, DT (If we don’t get Cox) or Donald Stephenson, OT

Round 4 (114th overall pick) – Jay Howard, DT  or Derek Wolfe, DT (If we don’t get Cox)
Round 5 (153rd overall pick) – Asa Jackson, CB  or Jake Bequette, DE

Round 6 (172nd overall pick) – Jonathan Grimes, RB or Terrence Fredrick, CB if we haven’t taken a CB and if we trade Asante

Round 6 (194th overall pick) – Tom Compton, OT

Round 6 (200th overall pick) – Jerron McMillan, FS

Rookie Free Agents

Deshawn Shead, S

Jordan White WR

Cody Pearcy WR

Derek Carrier, TE

NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

Updated: 4/17/12

Terenna’s Mock:

No. 1: Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB

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Andrew Luck seems to be the safest QB pick. He has the potential lead the team for the next 10 years.

No. 2: Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB

Griffin has superb athleticism as well as a rocket arm. He can be an immediate high performer for the Redskins. Expect him to rack up plenty of rushing yards.

No. 3: Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, USC, OT

Matt Kalil is the bets left tackle in the draft. The Vikings fill a need with a safe pick.

No. 4: Cleveland Browns – Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR

I believe that Colt McCoy can get it done if he has an elite receiver to throw two. Justin Balckmon is his man. Another possibility would be draft Ryan Tannehill and draft a later WR. While there are good WRs you can get in the later rounds, Tannehill isn’t a pro ready prospect. McCoy has NFL experience and some success.

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB

Claiborne is the best CB in the draft and fills their most pressing need. Some people have the Bucs taking Trent Richardson, but I think it’s a mistake. Sure, Trent could be very good, but they already have LeGarrette Blount who is good in his own right. They can draft a speedy complement to LeGarrette later in the draft.

No. 6: St. Louis Rams – Riley Reiff, Iowa, OT

A WR is possible here or DT, but the Rams need help on their O-line the most. If they went DT I would go with Fletcher Cox. He’s going to be a steal.

No. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, ILB

Kuechly was not only super productive in college, he tested well at the combine. I wasn’t always impressed with him on tape, in the run game, but he covers very well. This could be high for Kuechly, but I think he’s a safer bet than the other WRs and DEs available at this point.

No. 8: Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB

The Dolphins take a chance on a QB with potential. He doesn’t appear to be a pro ready prospect, but could develop nicely.

No. 9: Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DT

DT isn’t the Panther’s biggest need but, Cox is a natural penetrator in the pass game . He is the most pro-ready DT prospect. He looks great on tape, has good production and good athleticism.

No. 10: Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, OLB

Upshaw fits in nicely as a rush linebacker into the Bills 3-4 defensive system.

No. 11: Kansas City Chiefs – Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB

Richardson, is a steal at 11. The Chiefs need a running back due to injury. It’s a no brainer. They could also consider Dontari Poe, DT, but he scares me a bit. He has great size and good athleticism, but he doesn’t have much in the way of production. I would take the safer pick.

No. 12: Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE

Coples will give the Seahawks a powerful one two punch from their DEs. My only concern with Coples is his average athleticism.

No. 13: Arizona Cardinals – David DeCastro, Stanford, G

DeCastro is the best guard and will greatly improve the Cardinals O-line.

No. 14: Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, Alabama, SS

Mark Barron is a productive, strong, SS with a good awareness. The Cowboys get the best player remaining on the board and a powerful defender.

No. 15: Philadelphia Eagles – Shea McClellin, Boise State, DE

McCellin has the size, speed, awareness and motor to be a dominant run stuffer and tough to block pass rusher. I would put him at ILB and move Demeco Ryans to the outside. I would have liked Cox, DT here, but it’s unlikely he will fall to 15.

No. 16: New York Jets – Whitney Mercilus, Illinois, DE

The Jets need linebacker and pass rush help, Mercilus gives them both. He was a one year wonder, but was very productive during that year. He has the size and athleticism to make an impact. I’ve seen some people put Dont’a Hightower here, but I’m not very impressed with him. He has a higher bust potential than Mercilus, with a lower upside.

No. 17: Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Adams, Ohio State, OT

Mike Adams gives them they help they desperately need on their O-line.

No. 18: San Diego Chargers – Cordy Glenn, Georgia, OT

Glenn (345lbs) is a powerful tackle that the Chargers could move to guard.

No. 19: Chicago Bears – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB

The bears desperately need help at CB. Gilmore gives them that help. While he’s not super productive, he is super athletic. He has high potential.

No. 20: Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz, Wisconsin, C

Would be a huge help for their run game. While they have other needs, Konz is going to make the biggest difference.

No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals – Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, DE

Ingram has high potential. He’s super athletic and still improving. He’ll play LB for the Bengals.

No. 22: Cleveland Browns – Josh Robinson, Central Florida, CB

While not from a big school Robinson is the real deal. He’ll become a probowl player next to Haden. Others have Dre Kirkpatrick above Robinson, but I disagree.

No. 23: Detroit Lions – Jonathan Martin, Stanford, OT

Give the Lions help at tackle for the oft injured Stafford.

No. 24: Pittsburgh Steelers – Dontari Poe, Memphis, DT

Gives the Steelers a young NT with a high potential. He could also be a bust without proper coaching or motivation.

No. 25: Denver Broncos – Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin, G

Gives the Broncos help on their weak O-line.

No. 26: Houston Texans -Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR

The Texans get a huge steal at a position of great need. He’ll play alongside Johnson when Johnson’s not injured and for him when he is.

No. 27: New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, Michigan St., DT

While I”m not super high on him, he does fill a need if he pans out. I’m scared away by his average production.

No. 28: Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry, Southern Cal, OLB

The Packers need to increase their sack total from last year. Perry gives the Packers a good complement to Clay Matthews.

No. 29: Baltimore Ravens – Mychal Kendricks, Cal, ILB

Kendricks has the athleticism to eventually take over for Ray Lewis, who will help him reach his potential.

No. 30: San Francisco 49ers – Kendall Wright, Baylor, WR

Gives the 9ers a super productive receiver to train behind Moss.

No. 31: New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, FS

Smith has good production and athleticism to be an early contributer.

No. 32: New York Giants – Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE

Gives the Giants a great receiving TE to work with on offense.

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If we want a winning team, we need to…

By: Terenna

1.  Coaching– Andy Reid needs to leave.  Release Howard Mudd.  Release Juan Castillo. Then allow the new coach to keep or release the other assistant coaches.  I want a head coach that believes in power and dominating the trenches.  It’s how you win a Superbowl.  I just read a rumor that Juan might be going and Steve Spagnuolo could return as Reid’s defensive coordinator.  That would be a step in the right direction.

No longer the Answer

2.  Overall Defense – I  would began to draft, trade and pick up defensive players fit for a 3-4 defensive system.  I would move Brandon Graham and Trent Cole to linebacker.  I would keep Chaney in at LB and I would draft another high round LB.  I would then move Cullen Jenkins to DE, bring in another mid round DE prospect or FA and then draft a high round Nose Tackle.  We can’t make the switch until we bring in a good Powerful Nose Tackle.

3.  The Run Defense (if we keep our current system)- The wide 9 is undoubtedly a good system for getting sacks with your front four.  The two concerns about the wide 9 are, that the D line leaves huge run gaps and that they are only responsible for one gap.   It’s not their responsibility to play two gaps to try to stop the run.    Solution: We can do one of two things.  Either move away from the wide 9 system entirely or bring in a big run stuffing inside linebacker and a run stuffing safety for running downs.  Our run defense has been terrible at times and gives up the 11th worst rushing average.  I would spend two of my top four picks on Linebackers.  I would also allow Brandon Graham to convert to inside linebacker.  He has the athleticism and size to be a dominant run stuffing LB.

4.  The Goal Line Offense and Power Rushing – We can’t beat the D-line when rushing for short yardage, up the center.  We are third in negative plays up the center and third to last  in Rush Pwr [up the center] = Percentage of rushes on 3rd or 4th down with 2 or fewer yards to go that achieved a first down or TD. Also includes rushes on 1st-and-goal and 2nd-and-goal from the opponent’s 2-yard line or closer (NFL.com).  Howard Mudd likes to have smaller more athletic centers and guards which is good at running on the outside because of pulling O-line men, but terrible up the front because they are small and weak.  I would also release Howard Mudd.  I’m not a fan of his system.  Power wins games.    Solution: Change the O-line system and increase strength and power.   Draft another center and a guard and allow Jamaal Jackson to compete for the starting job.  I would spend two of our top 4 picks on offensive linemen.

5.  Drafting and Free Agency (if our system doesn’t change) – Top needs 1. Linebacker 2. Guard 3. Center 4. Guard 5. Safety (run-stuffing).  I would consider trading Asomugha for a run stuffing linebacker if we can’t find one in the draft.  Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s stats are as good as Asomugha’s despite playing less. They’ve both been burned by big plays, but based on DRC’s young age and past production I would rather keep him.

6.  GM and Draft War Room – The Eagles could improve their drafting success, but hiring me.   I can be contacted here.  My Top 5 Prospects for the Eagles 2010 draft has been pretty successful.  Take a Look.   LeGarrette Blount RB, Victor Cruz WR  were late round steels .  Alterraun Verner CB and Navorro Bowman OLB are mid-round superstars.  Jared Veldheer OT and Maurkice Pouncey C/G are great and our O-line would be able to convert short yardage.  Especially with Blount running behind it.

Round 1: 23 (23)  Philadelphia Eagles: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor

Love the pick. He was my number 1 guard on my draft board. I had him ahead of Pouncy. We struggled mightily last year protecting Vick and honestly it was mostly the interior of our OL. Well, problem solved. Watkins will be the starter from day 1 at right guard. He brings something we have not had since Jon Runyn…. Nastiness. Great pick. (A)

Round 2: 22 (54)  Philadelphia Eagles: SS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple

Next Dawkins?

Again love this pick. Brian Dawkins said he reminded him of himself. Again, this kid brings something we have not had since weapon X, Nastiness! Jarrett excels at coming downhill against the run, and his ferocious nature will add toughness to the unit. If he can improve his cover skills, he could find himself playing a major role in the Eagles’ secondary. Lets just say when he hits you… you go down. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnCQkoIZOFg&feature=player_embedded#at=58) Now I have seen Temple play 8 games last year, and he was the best player on the field every time. Great pick. Now some say it was a reach, but I don’t think so. I got word that he was not going to make it out of the second round. He will be our starting safety, along side Nate Allen. (A)

Round 3: 26 (90)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State

Like this pick to. I thought he was a good CB, that needs some coaching. The NFL agreed with me. Here is what a NFL.com analyst had to say “The Eagles take another athletic defensive back with the selection of Marsh. He is a press corner with the size and speed to run with quick receivers on the edge, and his emerging instincts make him an intriguing addition. Marsh should compete for time immediately as a nickel or dime corner for the Eagles.” And I agree. Now I’m not saying that we are solid at CB yet, but I believe that the Eagles will make a big splash in FA. We have lots of money to spend, and the eagles have proven in the past to spend big on CB’s. And don’t be surprised to see this kid starting and being considered a “steal” two or three years down the road. Again, not a reach, he was high on lots of draft boards. (B)

Round 4: 19 (116)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay):  MLB Casey Matthews, Oregon

Once again, not to be a broken record but I love this pick. He was my favorite LB not named Von Miller. The Eagles nab an instinctive middle linebacker with the selection of Matthews. He has an outstanding feel for the game and finds a way to get to the ball. His vision, instincts and production will make it hard to keep him out of the lineup. If he’s not starting on opening day, he will be by mid-season. I think that he will play in the middle and move Bradley to SAM (remember if Bradley walks we get a 2nd round pick next year for him) So Bradley at SAM, Matthews at MIKE, and Chaney at WILL. Not bad at all. And as you can see from this video (and I watched all of Oregon’s games this year) he is always around the ball and is never out of position. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUz2o2a_OXA&feature=player_embedded) Some people question is athletic ability, and compared to his brother he is not as athletic, but he did play against some of the best athletes in the country in the PAC 10 and he did more that hold his own. Finally in my opinion Matthews is a tough, throwback, old-school linebacker. Again he will bring something to this defense that we have not had since Trotter, Nastiness and attitude. (A-)

Round 4: 23 (120)  Philadelphia Eagles: PK Alex Henery, Nebraska

I actually like this kid. He was the best kicker in college football, and Henery is a confident and poised, with very good leg strength and accuracy. Plus he is a punter, so he only takes up 1 roster spot for 2 positions. Plus Akers was inconsistent at best the last few years and didn’t want to sign his contract tender. This kid is also Mr. Clutch….. I found this from on the BGN beat writers (I think this sums it up best) “Henery missed just 2 kicks inside the 50 yard line in his entire career at Nebraska, and just 1 from inside the 40.  This was at Nebraska, mind you, which isn’t exactly the same at kicking in the Superdome.   And he’s not just an accurate kicker – He has an enormous leg, as he drilled 7 kicks of over 50 yards.  But is he clutch, you might ask?  He sure is.  In the Big 12 Title Game in 2009, he nailed a 52 yarder that gave Nebraska the lead over the Texas Longhorns with under 2 minutes to go.  And oh by the way, he punts too.  The Eagles grab by far and away the best kicker in this class, and get themselves a stellar player for the next decade. (B)

Round 5: 18 (149) Philadelphia Eagles (from San Diego): RB Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh

Great value, great pick. Absolute steal at this point of the draft. Dion Lewis will be our number 2 back and his is great receiver out of the back field. He needs to get better at picking up blitzes but a writer from Pro Football Weekly said it best: “A very good value in the fifth round, Lewis is a poor man’s Brian Westbrook and runs with good base, balance and vision. He lacks ideal height, but he is by no means small and could fit a niche role for the Eagles as a change-of-pace back.” (A)

Round 5: 30 (161)  Philadelphia Eagles (from N.Y. Jets): OG Julian Vandervelde, Iowa

This is a pick that at first I questioned, then I realized the Howard Mudd factor. I wanted DeMarcus Love here at first, but he no longer fits what the Eagles OL is going to be or look like. The days of 350 lb OL men are gone. Howard Mudd like smaller, athletic, quick and intelligent OL prospects. Well Vandervelde is all the above and he has the attitude and nastiness to match. He was quoted as saying:
“”Once I am in a camp and make that impression on a team I want to earn a starting job. I don’t want to be the second man. I will fight until I am starting. I want to keep getting better each year to become as good of a player as I can be.”
So with all of that info on Mudd and his very, and I mean very successful track record with the OL. I like this pick. (B- for now…..)

Round 6: 26 (191)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): C Jason Kelce, Cincinnati

First of all we have a great, maybe AWESOME track record with drafting kids from Cincinnati in the later rounds (See: Brent Celek and Trent Cole). Now that’s not guarantee that Kelce will pan out. The guys from BGN said this: “He’s drawing comparisons to former Broncos center Tom Nalen, for his impressive footwork, agility, and mean streak.  This pick has Howard Mudd written all over it. “ After reading this I poked around, and this was a Howard Mudd pick. He see’s something in this kid, and again, with his track record (and this is his type of player- he ran the fastest 40 time of any OL at the combine) I have to like this pick as well. (C+)

Round 6: 28 (193) Philadelphia Eagles (from New England):  OLB Brian Rolle, Ohio State

I didn’t like this pick at first, my reaction was “Great another undersized LB” and yes he is undersized (5-9 225). But he can fly in a straight line and clocked mid-4.5 times that have translated well to special-teams coverage, where he can expect to compete for a job on the Eagles. With that said, I watched a lot of Ohio St Games this year, and he was by far the best LB on the field at most times. His size kept him from being a top 50 pick. But boy oh boy can he cover, an area the Eagles struggled with last year. And he plays angry and with a chip on his shoulder, he was quoted as saying that he was just as good if not better that Von Miller…. every team needs a player like this, he can play in the nickel package and he will be eventually be a special teams MVP. Here is Rolle’s quote “People who say (size) is an issue, they must not have seen any film,” Rolle said, “because put on Von Miller (the draft’s top-rated linebacker, from Texas A&M) and put me on film, and everything he does, I can do just as well. So scouts and coaches – guys who actually watch film and evaluate me – I’m pretty sure they know I can play football.” (B-)

Round 7: 34 (237) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): ILB Greg Lloyd, Connecticut

I like the pick. I would have liked the kid from BC here, but once the CBA is figured out and the Eagles can sign UFA, I think he will be one who we sign. With that said, when healthy Lloyd is a beast of a MLB. He is a big guy (6-2 260) and he is a nasty presence inside the box, he will stuff the run. If he can get back from a pretty nasty injury, the Eagles could potentially have found themselves a player here. But he’s a long shot like all 7th rounders. (C+ based on health)

37 (240) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): FB Stanley Havili, USC

True west coast FB. He’s not much of a blocker, but he is a very capable runner and receiver. He played a lot of TB at USC in their one back sets. This is where I would have liked Lee Ziemba from Aubrun. But having watched a lot of USC games this year, I think he will make the team as a FB and third (big) RB. And its funny, he really does not block well, but he runs harder than any RB I have seen this year. Solid pick. (B)
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OVER ALL EAGLES DRAFT GRADE: B+

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