Philadelphia Eagles 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: 7 Rounds
Philadelphia Eagles Seven Round Mock Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles were an even bigger disappointment in 2012 (4-12) than they were in 2011 (8-8). We all know the story behind this rapid decline so let us fast forward to the present.
The 2013 Eagles are in rebuilding mode, from the front office personnel, to the coaching staff, to the players. There will be new faces in new places all over this organization. This will undoubtedly change the long-term vision for this franchise, but not the ultimate goal of winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl.
We now sit at the very eve of the NFL Free Agency period. Tomorrow afternoon teams will look to fill needs by scouring the FA pool of players. Many draft needs will change for some teams, to include the Eagles that are currently sitting at around $30 million in salary cap space.
The age-old homage “Don’t spend it just because you have it” comes to mind and rings so true in this situation. The Eagles, completely out of character, did not heed to this homage in the offseason of 2011. They were flush with cap space and brought in numerous high dollar FAs. At the time it seemed like they had pulled a page from the New York Yankees offseason playbook. However, the results were horrendous and began their current decline, due to lack of team chemistry and widespread underachieving.
Popular opinion says that the best way to build an NFL team is through the draft. So for the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, I will be compiling a seven round mock draft for the Eagles. Make sure to check back every week to look for changes to the Eagles mock draft and analysis. With the 4th overall pick in the draft and eight picks overall, it is not too far-fetched to draft a few impact players.
First Round: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
The Eagles defensive secondary was atrocious last season, and the season before that for good measure. The two underachieving, starting CBs from the past two seasons are in a state of limbo right now. Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie appears to be heading for FA as an Unrestricted Free Agent and will command a high-dollar contract. While CB Nnamdi Asomugha has been approached by Eagles officials about restructuring his deal, which may lead to his release if he does not accept the pay cut. The Eagles can save around $11 million in salary cap money if he is released.
Enter University of Alabama, CB, Dee Milliner with the 4th pick in the 1st round of the draft. The overall top rated CB prospect was a consensus All-American in 2012. Milliner also was the co-winner of Alabama's Outstanding Defensive Performer of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2012. With the state of the Eagles secondary, it should not be too hard for him to snag a starting position. The biggest question may be who will start opposite him in 2013.
Second Round: Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
The Eagles safety position may have been worse than the CB group last season, and the season before that...for good measure. Eagles S Kurt Coleman has not shown the consistent ability to start in the NFL. S Nate Allen may be a little better but is fairly easy to upgrade as well. Neither of these players may even make the team in 2013.
Therefore, in the 2nd round the Eagles select University of Florida, S, Matt Elam. Elam has been consistently ranked in the top five of the S group in this year’s class. As a junior in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, CBS Sports, Scout.com and Sports Illustrated, as well as a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. The competition on the Eagles roster currently is minimal, so he should snag a starting position.
Third Round: EJ Manuel, FSU, QB
Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly announced that the Eagles will have an open competition at the QB position this offseason. With five QBs currently on the roster, there is still room for more competitors. So in the 3rd round, the Eagles select Florida State University, QB, EJ Manuel to add another QB option. He is the second quarterback who has won four straight bowl games in college football history. Manuel is considered a natural leader that is tough and has a very good arm to compliment his outstanding mobility. However, he does seem to lack accuracy and reading defenses.
Fourth Round: Montori Hughes, Defensive Tackle, Tenn.-Martin
A switch to a 3-4 (or 4-3 Under) defensive scheme will require NTs, that the Eagles haven’t been too high on in recent history. So with their pick in the 4th round they select small school prospect DT Montori Hughes from the University of Tennessee-Martin. A durable space-eater at 6’4” 322 lbs, he is a massive, wide body two-gap defender. With some offseason work on his techniques he should fit well in the middle of the Eagles defensive line.
Fifth Round: Chris Faulk, Offensive Tackle, LSU
Depth along the OL is a must for the Eagles this offseason. With all of the starters on schedule to return fully healthy and a loaded FA OL class, the Eagles may be in position to only have to draft for OL depth in the later rounds. So in the 5th they select Louisiana State University, OT, Chris Faulk. He has long arms and good power for his initial punch. A good work ethic and a solid run-blocking base will allow him to learn and grow while not being depended on immediately.
Sixth Round: Brandon McGee, Cornerback, Florida
Defensive backfield help is welcome on this Eagles team and in the 6th they find a pretty good one. University of Miami, CB, Brandon McGee is a very fast prospect with above average fluidity. He is regarded as above average in both coverage skills and run support. The latter has been lacking in the Eagles secondary for some time.
Seventh Round (1): Marcus Davis, Wide Receiver, VT
A tall and fast WR would be ideal to add to the current Eagles group. With their 1st pick in the 7th round the Eagles draft Virginia Tech, WR, Marcus Davis. At 6’3” 230 lbs could Davis be the big red zone threat that the Eagles have been searching for? Hopefully he can come in and earn a spot, possibly adding a new dimension to a smaller group of WRs.
Seventh Round (2): Ryan Allen, Punter, Louisiana Tech
With their final pick of the draft and their 2nd pick in the 7th round, the Eagles select top rated Louisiana Tech, P, Ryan Allen. Consistency from the P has eluded the Eagles for the past few seasons. Allen is brought in to compete with last season’s P Mat McBriar. May the best man win.