We checked in earlier today with Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft in which the Eagles select Alabama CB Dee Milliner with the fourth pick in the draft. As for his top pick? Kiper believes Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is Andy Reid’s guy with the first overall pick.
Which brings us to Kiper’s ESPN colleague Todd McShay, who thinks that Joeckel will fall to the Eagles.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith is a possibility here, but Joeckel is one of the top three overall prospects in this class and would be tough to pass up. New head coach Chip Kelly favors smaller, more athletic linemen like Joeckel, who would take care of a desperate need for an overall talent and depth upgrade along the offensive line. The question is whether the Eagles would feel comfortable moving Joeckel to the right side to accommodate returning LT Jason Peters.
I agree with McShay’s assessment of Joeckel. And it’d be great to pair him with Jason Peters and inject some youth along an aging line. But I also agree with Kiper in that he won’t fall beyond the first three picks.
As for the McShay’s assertion that Geno Smith is a potential target in this spot? Given the Eagles’ various needs, DB Dee Milliner, DT Star Lotulelei, and LB Jarvis Jones are each better fits–they also happen to be better players. Don’t count on Smith.