Wednesday, December 12, 2012
That's right, we have a mock draft
By Dan Graziano
It's Todd McShay's Mock 1.0 , and who cares that there are three games left in the regular season? It's never too early to talk draft. Todd's mock is based on the current draft order, as it would stand if the season ended today, and at No. 4 in the first round he has the Philadelphia Eagles taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel:
Joeckel is a smart, technically sound and tough player in the mold of Joe Thomas, and Joeckel started all 37 games at left tackle in his first three seasons with the Aggies. He could play right tackle opposite Jason Peters and allow Todd Herremans to move inside to guard.
Joeckel would be a fine pick at No. 4, as would a cornerback. Dee Milliner of Alabama is the first cornerback off Todd's board, to the Lions at No. 7. Some have said to me that safety is a bigger need for the Eagles, and you may be right, but you're not likely to get good value if you force a safety with a top-five pick. And with no obvious choice at quarterback this early, I think corner or tackle would be the way for the Eagles to go -- assuming they hold onto this spot.
The rest of the NFC East's projected first round:
19. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
25. New York Giants: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Remember, the Washington Redskins, who would currently hold the No. 20 pick, traded that pick to the St. Louis Rams in the Robert Griffin III deal, so they don't have a first-rounder right now. As for Dallas and New York... I think corner is the right way for the Giants to go, though you know they'll always lean best player available regardless of position. And Dallas could use safety help, but I think their priority in this coming draft has to be on the lines -- offensive first, then defensive. I'd be looking for an offensive tackle or an interior defensive lineman here if I were them.