Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Eagles
By Andy Jasner
The Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft after finishing 10-6 in 2013. A wide receiver, linebacker or defensive lineman would make sense for the Eagles.
Draft analysts Todd McShay offers a 2014 NFL mock draft on ESPN Insider today, and his choice is a headline-grabber for the Eagles.
If McShay was the Eagles' general manager, he would have them taking Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer in the aftermath of the release of DeSean Jackson.
McShay has a number of wide receivers going ahead of Latimer -- Clemson's Sammy Watkins fourth to Cleveland, Texas A&M's Mike Evans seventh to Tampa Bay, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. 15th to Pittsburgh, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks 16th to Dallas and USC's Marqise Lee 19th to Miami.
The Eagles would have interest in any of the wide receivers mentioned above, but Latimer would be a solid choice.
"This is a bit of a reach based on where I have Latimer ranked on my board -- 34th overall -- but the Eagles need a receiver and I'm a big fan of Latimer's game,” McShay wrote in his analysis of the pick. "He has very good size, toughness and instincts in addition to good straight-line speed, strong run-after-catch ability and a big catching radius. He also has reliable hands -- in the five game tapes I watched of his, he didn't drop a single pass. I think he could be a very good fit in Chip Kelly's offense.”