Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft

April 29th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Eagles, NFL.

After what has been a wild offseason, the NFL Draft is finally here. In just a couple hours 31 players entered in this draft will have their dreams come true. One of those players will be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles to eventually have the opportunity to lead the Eagles back to winning football for the long-term future.

You know the story by now. The Eagles finished with the 13th selection, traded up to number 8, and eventually traded up to the second pick in this years draft. Going into this weekend, the Eagles currently have seven draft picks, and have a lot of holes to try and fill up by the time Saturday comes to an end.

With that being said, here is by seven round Eagles only mock draft:

First Round (2): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Barring a complete shocker by the Los Angeles Rams, Carson Wentz will be selected by the Eagles with the second pick in the draft. There is no denying the question marks of Wentz, as he comes for a Division 1-AA school where the competition level is not as great as an FBS school. The difference between College and the pros is already a steep transition for any player to make, but not playing top level talent on a weekly basis is where many worry about Wentz.

However, the physical attributes that Wentz has are off the charts. Not only is Wentz 6’5, 237 lbs, he also is a very mobile quarterback who can make plays with his legs, has a big arm, and has a very high IQ on and off the football field. At North Dakota State, Wentz had a 4.0 GPA, but on the football field he also had control at the line of scrimmage. He would call plays at the line and change protections, aspects of the college game that are rare for a quarterback to have the ability to do in college anymore.

Wentz will also have the luxury of not being forced into a day one starter. I personally believe he is not ready to step in right away and play, despite how high he is being selected. To often we see quarterbacks get drafted and play right away, and never really get a chance to learn how to play in the NFL. Wentz will have the opportunity to sit on the sidelines, possibly for a entire season, and be groomed by a coaching staff that is fit for developing a young quarterback.

The ability to sit for potentially a season could be the difference in the careers of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, and if Wentz lives up to his potential the Eagles could have their franchise quarterback for the next decade.

 

 

Third Round (79): Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU

One of the biggest needs for the Eagles heading into the draft is the offensive line. While the team signed guard Brandon Brooks to play next to Lane Johnson to help solidify the starting unit, there is not much depth on the roster.

Jerald Hawkins can help add depth now, and blossom into a potential starting right tackle in the future. Coming out of LSU, Hawkins possesses good size at 6’6, 305 lbs. In his three years in college, Hawkins was solid in pass protection, but he is still raw in some areas. Scouts say that while he has natural talent, he needs to be coached up and develop. I can’t think of a better scenario for the Eagles to draft Hawkins and have him sit behind, and learn from, Jason Peters and Lane Johnson.

 

Fifth Round (153): Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU

In order for this pick to be possible, I think Listenbee will have to slide a little bit. However, as we see every year, there are players who slide a little bit more than they are projected to be selected. If the Eagles get Listenbee, they could land themselves a late round steal.

Listenbee is a player who didn’t put up huge numbers at TCU, but he is a big time play-maker. Some of his strengths include having great speed and above average ball skills, which are two traits the Eagles haven’t had in a wide receiver since arguably DeSean Jackson. While he won’t post a lot of receptions in the NFL, he has the potential to be a good deep threat and have the ability to take the top off the defense. In 2015, Listenbee averaged 19.9 yards per catch (30 catches, 597 yards, 5 touchdowns).

If Listenbee is there when the Eagles pick in the fifth round, I would be shocked if they don’t take a chance on him.

 

Fifth Round (164): Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple

When the Eagles hired Jim Schwartz, they transitioned from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. With that transition, the Eagles depth at defensive tackle took a bit of a hit, especially after losing Cedric Thornton to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency. The Eagles top two defensive tackles, Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan, are very good. However, after those two players the depth at the position is a question mark.

Ioannidis is a local kid from Temple who can be a good rotational player for the Eagles. You will never question his strength and power, and is a very versatile player who can stuff the run, get solid pressure in the pass rush, and also cover screen plays.

 

Sixth Round (188): Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

Hampered by injuries in his college career, Marshall was never able to live up to the hype coming out of high school. Marshall is a running back who has natural talent, good size, great speed, and a high football IQ. In Marshalls freshman year at Georgia he had 117 carries for 759 yards and eight touchdowns. He then tore his ACL his sophmore year and things were never the same.

If Marshall is there in the sixth round, he is worth taking a flyer on to see if he can regain his confidence and get back to form.

 

Seventh Round (233): De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M

An intriguing end of day three player, but he could provide some kind of depth for the Eagles. Harris is a cornerback who has a ton of confidence, and has the ability to make a play on the ball. He is a corner who likes to come up and make big hits as well.

 

Seventh Round (251): Darrell Greene, OG, San Diego State

Another player who may not be here in round seven, but due to his suspension for drugs in college he could end up slipping a little bit. Greene is a very powerful guard who is very good in the run game. If he lasts until this pick, the Eagles will potentially get another steal for a player who has the ability to be a good depth player in the NFL.

 

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