With their first pick on day three of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles took maybe the most intriguing player in the draft, at least at wide receiver. Mack Hollins had just 71 career receptions in four years at North Carolina, but 20 of them went for touchdowns. He’s a 6’4, 220 pound track star at wide receiver who also excels on special teams.
Hollins is part Riley Cooper(because of his ability on special teams, not the racism) and part DeSean Jackson. He is a dangerous deep threat and a great gunner on kick coverages. He’s also an outstanding blocker in the run game and typically takes his man completely out of the play.
Hollins will probably never catches 40 passes in one season nor will get eclipse the 1,000 yard mark, but he’s so valuable because of his impact in the run, pass and special teams phases that he could develop into the best non-starter on this roster pretty quickly.
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Welcome to the first of my eight post series where I watched every single game tape I can find of each Philadelphia Eagles draft pick(and one undrafted signee). I think it’s important to go back to the tape, regardless of whether I love who they drafted, hated the pick or didn’t know much about the player at all. It’s important to watch the tape and try to see what the coaches see and try to understand what his exact role will be on this team.
For the first film study of the draft I start with the first round pick, Derek Barnett. Barnett was a defensive end from Tennessee that was everything to his defense. You can see it by how offenses game-planned around his ability. Some teams screened to his side, some used both the left tackle and left guard to block him( or RT, RG) and some just prayed he wouldn’t completely take over the game(he did a few times).
I was a big fan of Barnett before the draft(#4 on my board), I love the pick at 14 and I’m an even bigger fan after re-watching all of his college tape. I know his critics will cite his lower combine numbers(4.88 40), but his tape is too good to think he won’t translate well in the NFL.
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The 2017 NFL Draft has come and gone and in my lifetime I can’t recall a more entertaining draft weekend. Over 250,000 fans attended the draft in Philadelphia, which was a record according to the NFL. We also saw a very chaotic first round, several prospects with a lot of off the field baggage being taken early and two playoff teams from last season taking a quarterback in the first 12 picks.
From the Eagles point of view, it was a pretty successful weekend in terms of who they drafted. For all the talk about how this franchise isn’t afraid to take on a character risk, they drafted eight players who are all outstanding human beings. None of them have that troubled past or incident caught on tape that fans have to defend or justify for the next several years. The Browns and Bengals both drafted a player who has(allegedly) knocked out a woman and the Cowboys drafted a player who has a trial date for July 24th for his alleged domestic assault dating back to last March.
I think the only major gripe from this draft class is the lack of a true primary back on the Eagles roster. If Ryan Mathews is healthy come August this will matter a lot less, but there is serious doubt that he will. Some have even suggested he could retire, but GM Howie Roseman said in his post-draft press conference that he has been cleared to start working out. There is also a possibility they sign or trade for a veteran running back like a Jeremy Hill, Matt Jones or LeGarrette Blount, but right now it seems they will stick with who they have already on the roster.
One thing to keep in mind with this initial draft post is that this is just a general review of who the Eagles acquired with their picks and undrafted class. I will go through each draft pick and a couple noteworthy undrafted signings and break down their tape individually with a clean slate.
It’s important to go back to the tape and see what the Eagles front office saw in each player and try to project each prospect’s possible role and ceiling, but for now this is just a quick overview at what transpired this weekend.
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My final first round mock draft is basically my college basketball bracket and trust me, it will be busted in the first round like everyone else’s bracket. This is the mock draft where I predict how the first 32 picks will go, complete with trades, surprises and draft day sliders.
Last year was a much easier draft to predict because we knew who the first two picks were going to be and you had four or five elite players on the board after that. This year we think Myles Garrett will be the first pick, then we have a bunch of quarterback needy teams, some mediocre quarterback prospects and no obvious elite talents at the top of the draft. Players like Solomon Thomas and Jonathan Allen could go in the top 3 or fall out of the top 10.
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Welcome to my final Philadelphia Eagles 2017 mock draft and the most important one I will write all year. This is the Eagles mock draft where I predict what I think will happen based on the information I have received, the scouting tape I’ve watched and the patterns of both this coaching staff and front office.
I have a pretty decent track record predicting who they will draft. Since 2012 I have correctly predicted Vinny Curry, Brandon Boykin, Lane Johnson, Taylor Hart, Carson Wentz and Alex McCalister. This year will be trickier though because the draft lacks elite talent at the top and the overall depth of this draft is going to push a lot of second and third round players into day 3. It’s really tough to project what players will be available in what round.
Here is my final Eagles mock draft or what I think will happen(or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb):
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What the Philadelphia will do in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is anyone’s guess at this point. We’ve heard about a few targets they like, but Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas have talked them up so much they either believe they won’t be on the board at 14 or it’s a total smokescreen. The players they have been linked to the most have been Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and Missouri defensive end Charles Harris.
Usually I can narrow a list down to 5 players I think the Eagles might draft. Back in 2015 my feeling was it was either Nelson Agholor or Byron Jones. Last year we all knew it was Carson Wentz. This time around it’s so wide open I had to extend my list to 10 potential players the Eagles could take. Some are players who would need to slip a bit and a couple others are players they would target in a trade down scenario
Here are my 10 favorite Eagles prospects they could take in the first round :
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The first round of the NFL Draft is always full of surprises including slides, early reaches, shocking trades and over-hyped prospects who fall out of the first round altogether. The sports media hammers in their projections and evaluations for months heading into the draft. A lot of times the league sees things completely different and sometimes certain GMs and player agents feed the media false information to benefit their own interest.
All of that is going to lead to a ton of surprises in the first round, it always does. Mock drafts are like NCAA Tourney brackets. After a few picks everyone’s mock drafts look way off and we’re playing catch-up from there.
With this draft class lacking talent at the top and a lot of character issue prospects getting first round hype, expect a ton of shockers. Here are my 10 bold predictions for the first round:
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