Time continues to pass, and NFL mock draft season continues to heat up. What the Philadelphia Eagles intend to do with three first-round draft choices is the question.
They may take a wide receiver in the next draft. That’s a theory that’s being mentioned more often, but then again, they may not do that. They could trade one of those first-round draft choices and add even more picks to the wheelhouse, but no one can be certain that they’d do that either.
Here’s something that you may have heard. Howie Roseman’s resume can lead one to believe there’s no way that he’ll just sit in the Eagles’ draft war room and make three selections. He tends to treat draft choices like bargaining chips anyway, but if he does take three players come the end of April, he’ll have several opportunities to upgrade Philadelphia’s roster overnight (or over the course of two nights and one afternoon). You get the idea.
The Eagles have the best opportunity to do the most damage by any NFC East team in the selection meeting. The Giants have two first-rounders as well. Both of their picks are in the top seven slots, but with more holes to fill and, seemingly, with no direction, there’s reason to believe Philly’s draft can overshadow that of Big Blue’s by a considerable margin. Let’s get into what some of the experts are saying.
The Eagles add two defensive studs and an Alabama playmaker in a recent CBS Sports mock.
CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson mocked the first round of the selection meeting recently with some help from Danny Kanell and Brady Quinn. Philly stays put at 15, 16, and 19. There’s no trading out of Round 1 or any major surprises, unless, of course, you see taking an Alabama receiver as such.
Here’s how things played out and one thought on each choice.
Pick 15: Devin Lloyd, Utah Utes
There haven’t been many simulations that have connected the dots between the Philadelphia Eagles’ need for help at linebacker and the best that the Pac-12 has to offer, Devin Lloyd of the Utah Utes. It’s happened but not often.
The Eagles’ negligence in putting real effort into improving the second level of their defense makes this selection seem less likely, but we’ll see what happens; however, Lloyd would seriously upgrade this team’s linebacker corps. There’s no denying that.
Pick 16: Derek Stingley, LSU Tigers
More and more, we’ve heard theories that Derek Stingley could fall to the Eagles in the middle of Round 1. There are reasons for and against taking him, mainly the questions about whether or not you get the Stingley we saw in 2019 or the guy that we’ve recently seen. This young man is a baller though.
Pick 19: Jameson Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide
There are also theories that the Eagles could (and should) take another wideout in the first round. It will be the third year that has happened if they do, and in this simulation, Jameson Williams of the Alabama Crimson Tide is the choice.
We’ve more often heard theories connecting Philadelphia to Chris Olave of the Ohio State Buckeyes or Drake London, formerly of the USC Trojans, but we’ll see. Taking an Alabama receiver wouldn’t be the worst thing that has happened to this team. We’ll see if the connections between Williams and Philly continue as we move through the draft.