NFC East: Draft 2014

McShay Mock 3.0: Eagles 

March, 6, 2014
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Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.

The Philadelphia Eagles now seem quite set on the offensive side of the ball, but could go in one of many directions with their first pick to improve their defense. McShay had Darqueze Dennard going to Philadelphia in his previous mock, and the Eagles probably would love that scenario, but overall, taking the best defensive player regardless of position seems like the smartest move for the Eagles. They have set themselves up to get very good value throughout this draft, especially to reinforce their defense.

Whom does McShay have the Eagles drafting at No. 22? Let's take a look at his pick and analysis Insider:
ESPN draft experts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper start off disagreeing right at the top of their latest mock drafts. So it’s not surprising they have a difference of opinion on the Philadelphia Eagles' selection at No. 22.

McShay’s first-round mock Insider has the Eagles selecting Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. It’s hard to argue with McShay when he says the Eagles should make defense their "priority if the right player is available, in particular looking for an edge rusher and improving the athleticism and depth in the secondary."

While a safety would be preferable, it does appear there are more first-round corners in this year's draft. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Dennard has "adequate size, good top-end speed and very good instincts and fluidity in coverage," McShay writes.

As for Kiper's second mock, Insiderhe has the Eagles taking LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one spot before Kansas City takes Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Beckham is 6-0, 193 pounds. Benjamin is 6-4, 230 pounds. This seems like a big-people-beat-up-little-people situation to me, but Kiper likes Beckham to the Eagles "not just because he's a good receiver for a team that could use help in that department, but because he's versatile, and can work in the slot or on the edge."

Kiper has Dennard on the board when the Eagles pick. Again, there’s a lot of disagreement between these two noted draft gurus.

With 19th pick, the Eagles take ...

December, 18, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Three days after that 48-30 debacle at Minnesota, Eagles fans will find a lot to like in Todd McShay’s first 2014 mock draft .

ESPN’s draft expert has the Eagles taking Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the 19th pick of the first round.

McShay has an impact pass-rusher higher on the Eagles’ list of needs, but doesn’t think there will be one worth taking with the 19th pick. After Sunday, it’s hard to argue that a “ball hawk and playmaker” in the secondary wouldn’t be a good consolation prize.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has already chosen Ekpre-Olomu, recruiting him to Oregon in the first place. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Ekpre-Olomu doesn’t have the size Kelly seems to value, but he is only 20 and has played every game so far in his two seasons with the Ducks.

According to McShay’s scouting report, Ekpre-Olomu is “aggressive and plays bigger than measurable indicate.”

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