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 5, Pick 160 - Dillon Johnson, RB, Washington

Yep! We're double-dipping in the Huskies' cupboard. In 2021, Philly found Kenneth Gainwell in Round 5. Many said that was a steal though debate rages about whether or not that statement is accurate. History repeats itself here as the Birds add to their backfield with the selection of Dillon Johnson.

This six-foot-tall, 218-pounder finally gives Philly its workhorse tailback. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry while totaling 1,195 yards and 16 TDs last season.

Round 5, Pick 170 - Xavier Thomas, EDGE, Clemson

We wonder if Xavier Thomas would actually be available in Round 5, but hey, we're early in the pre-draft process, and some scouts believe he's a Day 3 guy. We ran a test, and Pro Football Network's mock draft simulator agrees.

He's a little light (six-foot-two and 245 pounds). Maybe that's why? But, he's fast and athletic, and that helped him earn 25 tackles and three sacks in 2023.

Round 5, Pick 171 - Josh Proctor, S, Ohio State

Josh Proctor was solid but unimpressive for the Buckeyes in 2023, but solid and unimpressive is what you often get in Round 5. This past season, he racked up 47 tackles, an interception, and eight pass breakups during his final season in Columbus. He should begin his career as a solid special teams contributor in the pros.

Round 5, Pick 178 - McCallan Castles, TE, Tennessee

Keep an eye on Erick All once we reach this portion of the NFL Draft. He tore his ACL in October, and some think he could be a late-round steal by virtue of owning early-round talent.

Frankly, the medical issues scare us, and it's for that reason, that we'll go with former Tennessee Volunteers standout McCallan Castles. He's six-foot-five. He tips the scales at 240 pounds, and he can push Grant Calcaterra and Jack Stoll for that third tight end spot behind Dallas Goedert and Albert Okwuegbunam.

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