Eagles 7-round mock draft following the 2024 NFL Combine: Bucking trends and abandoning the norm

Three mock draft simulators... A few educated guesses... And, of course, the unquenchable need to go against the grain...

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Round 2, Pick 50 - Edgerrin Cooper, linebacker, Texas A&M

Philly loves Nakobe Dean, and they still believe in him. They should. We believe in him too,

Good luck convincing the Eagles to avoid the temptation to take another offensive lineman this high, but this mock is about abandoning the norm. The Birds NEVER take a linebacker in Round 1. Heck, rarely will they take one in Round 2, but Edgerrin Cooper is too good to ignore.

Round 2, Pick 53 - Ennis Rakestraw Jr., cornerback, Missouri

Yeah... We know... We know... The Eagles don't take defensive backs this early. They have only drafted three DBs in Round 1. They haven't done so since 2002 when Lito Sheppard was the selection, and they often seem allergic to adding to their secondary in Round 2.

In our scenario, we figure guys like Nate Wiggins, Quinyon Mitchell, Kool-Aid McKinstry, and Terrion Arnold will be taken in Round 1. T.J. Tampa and Kamari Lassiter are probably off the board by the time Philly is on the board at 53.

Philly doesn't take DBs early very often, but they'd be wise to do so this time around. There's an obvious need at the position, and Rakestraw, a big six-foot-two, 200-pound corner most certainly fills the need. We add him to the nest at 53.

Round 3, Pick 97 - Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

We said this mock was about abanding the norm, right? Pick 97 seems a tad late for Philly to add to the O-line's cupboard, but welcome to the 'value pick' portion of the discussion.

While watching more Washington Huskies football than we have seen in a long time, Roger Rosengarten kept grabbing our attention. Michael Penix Jr. being a lefty made his RIGHT tackle the man charged with protecting his blind side, and this young man did a fine job in that regard.

He's a six-foot-five, 311-pounder that could move inside to play guard at the pro level. He would give Philly more depth and versatility along the O-line.