CBS Sports recently put together a two-round mock draft, which has the Philadelphia Eagles loading up on defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles are fortunate enough to have three picks within the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. Although they departed with their third-rounder midway through the 2018 NFL season, they can still acquire some quality talent through the first two rounds. The question is though – which position will the Eagles go for?
At first, many were under the impression the Eagles would go for a running back, but then the Jordan Howard trade happened. According to the Eagles’ fan base, a linebacker to replace Jordan Hicks is an absolute priority. Strangely enough, there are tons of analysts out there, who believe the Eagles will go for a cornerback. And recently, we got the inside scoop that a potential Jason Peters replacement could be in play for the 25th pick.
At the end of the day though, everything is just speculation. However, we still consider all options when it comes to mock drafts and rumors. So with that being said, let’s take a look at CBS Sports’ latest two-round mock draft and analyze their defense-heavy selections.
A look at the selections…
CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso has the Eagles staying put with their original picks within the first two rounds. So the Eagles selected at number 25, 53 and 57. Although rumors are going around saying the Eagles could be a trade-up candidate, that’s not the case in this mock draft. The Eagles stayed put with their first pick and ended up getting a projected top-tier linebacker falling to them in the first round.
Round 1, Pick 25 – Devin Bush, LB
“Another slide stopped. Bush can take over the vacancy left by Jordan Hicks ‘ free-agency departure.”
It’s doubtful Bush drops as far as 25, but we’ve seen crazier things happen. While I don’t believe the Eagles are going to prioritize a linebacker in the first round, Bush could be an unexpected selection if he does happen to fall. After all, the Eagles will most likely take the approach of selecting the best player available. If that happens to be Bush, then he’ll be in midnight green.
Round 2, Pick 53 – Julian Love, CB
“More secondary reinforcement in Philadelphia. Love was insanely productive over the past two seasons at Notre Dame and tested well in Indianapolis.”
A cornerback with the 53rd pick seems like a stretch, but at least it’s better than 25. Do the Eagles need a cornerback? Not really. Unless they are getting a guy who could be a clear-cut shutdown corner in the NFL, the Eagles will most likely stick with the guys they got and develop. Plus, they just brought Ronald Darby back for a prove-it deal.
Round 2, Pick 57 – Taylor Rapp, S
“Rapp is a complete safety and wouldn’t be pushed into a major role as a rookie in Philadelphia.”
Bringing in a safety, who could be ready to start now is a fantastic idea for the Eagles, despite having a solid starting duo already. It would give the rookie a season to develop, with some snaps and plenty of knowledge. Therefore, when McLeod an/or Jenkins departs, a guy like Rapp is ready to take over for a new regime.