If you’re reading this, you’re still interested in mock drafts with 60 hours or so remaining until the actual NFL Draft.
You’re quite the trooper.
Since the dust settled on the Philadelphia Eagles playoff loss against the New Orleans Saints, a majority of our attention has been focused on what the Eagles would do in the NFL Draft. That loss came on Jan. 4. When the draft begins on Thursday, 123 days will have passed.
We’ve tried to keep it interesting. We’ve turned the draft on its side, looking at all the angles, trying to guess what Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly will do. That brings us to today.
The Mock Draft Roundup Championship.
Last week, we brought the top vote-getters together from our previous Mock Draft Roundups for a round of semifinals, asking you to vote on your favorites. The Final Four matchups were a pair of blowouts. Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley rolled past Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, 105 votes to 33. Louisville safety Calvin Pryor dominated Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, 99-40.
It seems Inside the Iggles readers want the Birds to go defense. Most of the recent mock drafts show both Mosley and Pryor will likely be off the board long before the Eagles select at No. 22, but nevertheless we shall press ahead.
Mock Draft Roundup Championship: Mosley vs. Pryor
Mosley is ranked by ESPN as the No. 8 prospect overall in the NFL Draft. If the Birds were to land him, he’d be the steal of steals.
A four-year senior and starter on a Crimson Tide defense that many believe could hang with some NFL teams, Mosley has all the skills the Eagles are looking for in a linebacker. He has great closing speed and “blitzes with reckless abandon.” He was also a leader on that Alabama team, and with the amount of talent on that team, that’s saying something.
Watch the highlights here and imagine this guy in midnight green.
Of course, the Eagles could go in a different defensive direction and add a piece to their secondary in Pryor. He’s one of the top safeties in the draft and rated the 17th-best player overall, according to ESPN.
Pryor is strong against the run and has good ball skills. He’s described as “thickly built with a muscular frame” and brings a “relentless playing style…leaves it all on the field.”
He probably needs some seasoning, as he’s been known to give up a big play. But that’s a sign of immaturity and something one hopes a professional coaching staff can take care of.
What Pryor would bring is a fear factor to the Eagles secondary, something that hasn’t been the case for a long time now. Check out the highlights here and imagine him prowling the secondary, making opposing wide receivers very, very uncomfortable.
So, who is it going to be? If the Eagles had a choice between these two players, are you going with Mosley or Pryor?