Two playoff weekends down and two more to go. With those weekends in the rear view mirror, so are the first two mocks in this series. Don’t worry, there won’t be a mock every week leading up to the draft (or will there?)
Pick 15 – Tyler Linderbaum – C – Iowa
Jeff: “Hey HR, did Nicky send those kegs over to Jason yet?
Howie: “Yeah, but I think he accidentally sent cider”
Pick 16 – Kenyon Green – G – Texas A&M
Obviously only one of the two has happened, but it’s not hard to imagine Kelce following Brooks out the door. Even with Kelce earning All-Pro honors and playing some of his best football of his career, he is entering his age-35 season. He could decide to hang it up while at his peak rather than play another season and risk his play deteriorate.
Replacing Kelce and Brooks with two of the best, if not the best, interior offensive linemen prospects in the draft is one hell of a replacement plan.
Pick 19 – Devin Lloyd – LB – Utah
I am extremely tempted to trade this pick down but I want to wait until free agency to see how teams in the late 20s attack the offseason. Will I be able to wait? Probably not. ~*~self-awareness~*~
Cue the “lol you think Eagles take a LB?” remarks. Yes, it’s been a long time. Yes, this is like the sixth or seventh year in a row I mock a LB to them. But I truly, truly believe that this is the year.
Pick 51 – Kenneth Walker III – RB – Michigan State
Out goes a RB with fumble issues and an injury history (I think Sanders gets traded)
In comes a RB who went fumble-less in 2019, 2020, and didn’t fumble until 11/6/21 and doesn’t have a lot of “tread on his tires”.
Pick 83 – Christian Watson – WR – North Dakota State
Out goes Mr. Jump Ball Umbrella boy
In comes an actual threat when on the field
Christian Watson would be Hurts’ (or whoever is QB) favorite target in the redzone. 6’5″ with 4.4 speed. Whew.
Pick 120 – Coby Bryant – CB – Cincinnati
The Robin to Sauce Gardner’s Batman, Coby Bryant is perfect to develop next to Darius Slay. He’s an Alpha in the secondary and has the ball skills needed to help a secondary that had four INTs total (McLeod two, Maddox, Nelson) outside of Darius Slay’s three himself.
Pick 152 – Bryan Cook – S – Cincinnati
Back-to-back Bearcats for the Eagles secondary. While most of you will be angry with me (when aren’t you) by missing out on the prized Bearcat, I promise Bryant and Cook would make up for it. Cook can play deep, the slot, and in the box. He’s a great all around safety prospect that can be a starter soon. He was PFF’s 5th highest graded safety in 2021.
Pick 160 – Deangelo Malone – EDGE – Western Kentucky
The Eagles took a chance at a developmental EDGE with a ton of college production in 2021 with Tarron Jackson and that looks like it will work out. Why not make it back-to-back years with Malone?
349 tackles, 60 tackles for loss, 34 sacks, 9 forced fumbles
Yeah, get him on the DL (even as SAM)
Pick 164 – Justyn Ross – WR – Clemson
Yes, another WR.
Greg Ward is a free agent, JJAW should be cut, Jalen Reagor may be traded, John Hightower wasn’t given a futures contract.
That leaves DeVonta Smith & Quez Watkins as the only sure roster spots for 2022. Most likely a free agent will be added, but the WR room will most likely be drastically changed.
Ross, a one time first round prospect, has been plagued with injuries and drops during his collegiate career, but he won’t be tasked to produce immediately with Smith, Watkins, and the stud free agent (Williams? Adams? Robinson?).
Pick 193 – Matt Waletzko – OT – North Dakota
6’8″, 36 inch arms. Jeff Stoutland.
Pick 205 – Otito Ogbonnia – DT – UCLA
Shot put champion in HS with a throw of 66’1″ (THAT’S STRONG). PFF’s sixth highest graded IDL in 2021.
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