The NFL season is over and the offseason is here. Sadly, the offseason usually provides more excitement than anything else for Eagle fans. This is a trend that I’m hoping changes this offseason. Stop breaking the bank in Free Agency and please, please build this team through the draft. This should be the major point of emphasis for every NFL franchise in every offseason. The Eagles seemingly have hit a home-run drafting Carson Wentz with the number two overall pick last year, but now they need to build around him.
**Disclaimer: This is the first of five or six mock drafts. This will only be a three round mock draft as we wait for compensatory selections, coin flips, etc. Every player and scenario will most likely change a million different ways, but this is where we’re jumping off from.
First Round, 14th or 15th overall (Pending Coin Flip)
Jalen “Teez” Tabor, Cornerback, University of Florida
It’s so difficult to pinpoint the Eagles first round pick due to all the holes they have on this roster and the Eagles should stick to their board and take the best player available. With that being said, Teez Tabor is a supreme talent who should probably be a top 10 pick, but did have some off the field issues at Florida. Tabor is known to be a gambler, but has fluid hips and can change direction quickly. His biggest issue could be straight line speed and keeping up with big play threat wide receivers. While I typically don’t put a ton of stock into the combine and pro days, this is a guy I’ll be monitoring closely for his 40 yard dash.
Second Round, 43rd overall
Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State University
I know, I know, the Eagles need a wide receiver for Carson Wentz. However, I truly believe Howie Roseman and Joe Douglass believe this defense can be a dominant force a lot quicker than the offense can become one. This draft will remind us all of the 2002 draft class in which the Eagles drafted Lito Shepherd and Sheldon Brown in the first and third rounds. With these two young corners and Jalen Mills, the Eagles should be able to matchup with the NFC East teams that have versatile and dynamic receiving attacks.
Third Round, 74th overall
DeDe Westbrook, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma University
DeDe Westbrook finished fourth in the Heisman voting, but his game doesn’t completely transfer to the NFL. He doesn’t quite have the speed of a Will Fuller, but he’s plenty fast to get behind defenses. The beauty of Westbrook is that he’s a very good route runner and that should help him get separation at the NFL level. Westbrook’s stock has slipped a bit due to recent reports of him being arrested for domestic violence back in 2012 and 2013 so this is another thing to keep an eye on. For Westbrook, the combine (specifically interviews), will be very, very important.
So that’s what we’re looking at so far as the Eagles near the NFL draft. With Carson Wentz under center, there’s reason for optimism here in Philadelphia, but we’ve still got a long way to go.