Eagles draft watch: Four second-round prospects to keep an eye on

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COLUMBIA, MO – OCTOBER 12: Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Missouri Tigers on Saturday October 12, 2019 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire)

While there is a heavy focus on the Eagles striking big in the first round, they may have the opportunity to make even more noise in the second. Beyond the offensive cries for help in round one lies a pool of needs on the other side of the ball, opportunities for some eyebrow-raising trades, and even more help at receiver. Here are four prospects that could be second-round steals in this year’s draft:

TCU S Trevon Moehrig

During the Jim Schwartz era, the Eagles were infamous for finding defensive backs that could be moved around the defense. Trevon Moehrig fits that bill. He isn’t perfect as he does need a bit of polishing with run support and the infamous double move that’s haunted all Eagles DB’s in the past. However, he could be the ballhawk that the defense has been crying out for.

Moehrig had 7 career interceptions at TCU and racked up 124 total tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss. He also has 21 pass deflections throughout his time at Texas Christian with 9 of them coming from his senior year. Moehrig is the kind of safety that could flourish in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.

LSU LB Jabril Cox

Here’s a name that has been beyond popular with Eagles fans and for very good reason. The Eagles are in desperate need of some linebacker help. They have several developmental projects on the roster already but a player like Jabril Cox could help fill a huge need. Cox started the first three years of his collegiate career at North Dakota State where he flourished greatly.

After transferring to LSU, Cox put together a nice Senior season as he tallied 58 tackles with 6.5 going for tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 1 sack, and 5 pass deflections in 10 games. Cox is great in both man coverage and zone coverage.

His game needs a little polishing in run-support, but other than that, he would be a huge pick up for the Eagles. The Birds have become notorious for not valuing linebackers in the early rounds of the draft but a player like Cox could be too hard to pass up.

Alabama LB Dylan Moses

Dylan Moses is a very rare specimen. His ability to guard sideline to sideline while maintaining his focus is outstanding. Moses is a freak athlete that has a nose for the ball. He had an incredible career at Alabama as he tallied 192 tackles with 104 of them being solo tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions.

Moses may serve best as an outside linebacker in the NFL but it truly might not matter where you place him due to his downhill speed and laser focus. The Eagles could use a player like Moses to line up with Alex Singleton if they plan to use Alex at MLB.

Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore

If you read my first-round prospect piece then you may be wondering why I’m including a wide receiver in the second round as well. Well, if you know the Eagles, then you know the first round is never guaranteed to make you leave your seat, But this player at this pick in the second could do that. We remember what happened last time the Eagles passed on a receiver from Ole Miss, here’s to breaking the curse.

Elijah Moore could find his way up the draft if he has a good pro day and more. The former Ole Miss receiver has gotten better in each season that he’s played. He’s put together a total of 2,441 receiving yards in three seasons in the SEC. He averaged 13.9 yards per reception in his junior season while scoring 8 touchdowns.

Moore doesn’t have much wear and tear on his body to derail his production at the pro level. He could be a bit of a project at first but if Nick Sirianni is truly the master of maximizing abilities then he could score big with Moore’s RAC ability out of the slot. Moore has great quickness and agility that could help any offense moving forward. The one big downfall is his inability to block in the run game which has been a huge want from Sirianni during his time with the Colts.

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