Stop traffic because one-half of ESPN’s draft expert dream team, Todd McShay, is coming in with his latest mock draft. While I don’t particularly value his opinion over any of the thousands of other people throwing blind darts at this point, one thing I’ll give McShay credit for is that he outlines what he believes to be the three most likely directions the Eagles will take when the draft arrives in two weeks. So what’s McShay think about the Eagles plans? Let’s have a look.
Scenario 1: Of all the teams in the top five overall, the Eagles did the best job in free agency and are most free to take the best available player for their schemes. The D-line isn’t a pressing need, but Lotulelei is a top-five talent and would give the Eagles another solid 3-4 end and some flexibility in their new 3-4 hybrid scheme.
Scenario 2: With one of the top two offensive tackles available — in this case Eric Fisher — that position comes into play. Both Jason Peters and Todd Herremans are coming off injuries, and taking Fisher would allow Herremans to bump inside to guard.
Scenario 3: New coach Chip Kelly could opt for Geno Smith, who fits what Kelly wants to do in terms of making quick decisions, spreading the ball around and mixing in the zone-read option.
My thoughts? I’ve long believed Lotulelei makes the most sense for the Eagles at this point, much as I believed Fletcher Cox was the man last year. Before it sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, note that the 2012 draft was the first time I’ve correctly predicted the team’s pick.
While Fisher makes sense as the Eagles would probably like to inject some youth along the line, I don’t see a chance in hell the team rolls with Geno Smith at number four.