Ray Didinger recently released his own mock draft, and he says take a cornerback.
You’ve heard it plenty of times. Football is truly a year-round business. Though each team will see its’ regular season run for 17 weeks and 16 total games, there’s always something going on (even if there’s no game to play). Each phase of the process has become an event. There’s free agency and the NFL Combine. There’s the draft. We won’t even bring up fantasy football. As exciting as all of that is, there’s something else that’s becoming more and more popular by the day, mock drafts. Just ask any fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. They’re all over the place.
A legend adapts to the changing times:
You probably never would have guessed it ten years ago, but everyone’s doing one. We’ve gotten used to seeing them from the likes of ESPN‘s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, but when you see one from the likes of Philadelphia’s own Ray Didinger, you know times have changed. Didinger has released his own mock draft. and he made his prediction on what the Eagles might do at pick 14.
And with the 14th pick…
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Any fan of the Eagles knows who Didinger is. You’ve probably seen him all of your life. He’s not someone you’d expect to own a social media account or even pay attention to mock drafts. Honestly, seeing him take the time to do one could be a little surprising, but given his resume (listing all of his accomplishments would require a separate article), but know this. Anything he says about what the Eagles might do is worth paying attention to.
So what do we make of his prediction? Many agree that the Eagles should take a cornerback in the first round of the NFL Draft. The argument’s also been made that, with this being a deep draft for corners, Philadelphia should address other needs first. Regardless of what side you’re on, it makes more sense to fill a need by taking a player who plays that position and has more talent.
More on Conley:
Conley gets a ton of first round grades when you do the research. He stands at 6’0 and weighs 195 pounds. He’s a day one starter and possesses both the strength to play press coverage and the speed to run with anybody. NFL.com‘s scouting report compared him to Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos. During his time at Ohio State, he totaled 91 tackles (66 solo), six interceptions and 15 passes defensed over the course of 35 games.
Expect the Eagles to take a closer look (if they haven’t already).
More on Didinger:
Ray Didinger’s won multiple awards for his writing. He’s a film writer and co-host of a radio show, with Glen Macnow, that airs on Philadelphia’s 94 WIP-FM every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (eastern standard time). He’s also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Again, when he speaks, Eagles fans listen. We’ll see if the team listens at the end of this month.