ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has checked in with his second mock draft of the…mock draft season? Yeah, that works. I’m comfortable with it.
The Eagles have several holes throughout their roster, but perhaps at no position more than in the secondary. And that’s exactly the area Kiper believes the Eagles will address at the top of the draft.
Here’s how Kiper explains the pick:
“I noted in the previous mock that on a per-play basis, rookie Brandon Boykin might have been the best player in the Eagles secondary toward the end of the season. The Eagles could see a number of personnel changes with the new regime, but they can’t afford to fall off significantly in the secondary in a division with Eli Manning, Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo. You might expect Chip Kelly to score points, but he’s always put a great emphasis on his defense too. Milliner has elite grades in terms of awareness and ball skills, and he’s a physical corner who can push wideouts off routes. And he can flat-out tackle.”
As for Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel–the other player frequently mocked to the Eagles? Kiper does not think he’ll get past the first pick of the draft.