Eagles seven-round NFL mock draft following Haason Reddick's exit

We take another crack at another Eagles seven-round mock. This time, we offer backup plans in Round 1 and Round 2.

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Another week passes. Our Philadelphia Eagles wrote another headline. This time it pushed opening day at The Bank back to page two. That's okay. The Phillies lost anyway. Uggh...

Where were we again? Oh, that's right... Headlines...

Perhaps you've heard. Haason Reddick plays for the New York Jets now. We'll see who steps up now in his absence, but first, we have other things to discuss. Here's an angle. Might this affect Philly's draft strategy?

Here's an attempt at another mock draft featuring potential Eagles prospects following Haason Reddick's trade to the Jets.

And, just like that, Philly says goodbye to one of their best players on defense. Two-time Pro Bowler Haason Reddick trades midnight green for Gotham green.

It's Josh Sweat, Bryce Huff, and Nolan Smith's show now. Brandon Graham is set to enjoy, at minimum, a 17-game swan song.

Might that be enough to satisfy Philly's depth chart at EDGE? They say you can never have too many pass rushers, and we begin our latest mock draft by adding one.

Round 1, Pick 22 - Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

We've tried our hand at a few mock drafts, some we didn't even bother to publish. Chop Robinson wound up being the top choice in many. That ought to be telling you something.

This one isn't a tough sell. He's gifted and athletic. Plus, Haason Reddick is gone. Yeah... This one's easy.

The backup plan at 22: Nate Wiggins, cornerback, Clemson

Every week, when we try cooking one of these up, there's an effort to land the Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle, Amarius Mims. We can't get him past the Pittsburgh Steelers though, if he sticks around that long. He normally, goes before the Eagles are on the clock.

It's for that reason, we do what Philly hasn't done since 2002, take a defensive back during Round 1 of the draft. Some say he's the best corner in this class not named Quinyon Mitchell. Others favor Terrion Arnold.

As far as we're concerned, any of those guys will improve the DB room.

Round 2, Pick 50 (from New Orleans) - Zak Zinter, OL, Michigan

While offensive tackle is also a position of need, Zak Zinter is a day-one plug-and-play guy. He's an efficient pass protector and a skilled riad grader in the running game. Placing this guy under Jeff Stoutland means greatness is inevitable.

The backup plan at 50: Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

With Dallas Turner, Jared Verse, Laiatu Latu,, and Chop Robinson all off the board when Philly is on the clock to make the first of two selections in Round 2, the Birds go with the man who rounds out the to five prospects in this class at EDGE, Chris Braswell.

On most NCAA rosters. he would have been the best edge rusher taking up residency in the program. At Alabama, however, he shared the field with Dallas Turner. Fear not, Braswell is a nice consolation prize.

Round 2, Pick 53 - Kamari Lassiter, cornerback, Georgia

We wish Kamari Lassiter was a tad taller. He stands just under six-foot-tall at five-foot-eleven, but he's smart and doesn't make a ton of mistakes. That's all we care about.

Lassiter doesn't snag a ton of interceptions, but while we realize that's how many of you grade defensive backs, the most important portion of your analysis should touch on instincts and consistency. Lassiter is heavy on both. There's so much to like here.

The backup plan at 53: Edgerrin Cooper, linebacker, Texas A&M

Last season, four of the Eagles first five picks were guys who visited Philly during pre-draft visits (Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith, Tyler Steen, and Kelee Ringo). We're expecting to see similarities with this draft class.

Edgerrin Cooper is the backup option to Lassiter. That is, if Philly hasn't followed Plan A and snatched up Wiggins.

Round 4 - Pick 120 (from Pittsburgh) - Brenden Rice, wide receiver, USC

We wondered if Brenden Rice would still be hanging around in Round 3, so we talked to scouts. They say he might hear his name somewhere around Round 4, and every time we ran Pro Football Network's simulator, he was still available in that 110 to 120 range.

Oh well... Who cares? We've taken some license here as the authors. Rice is the selection at 120, though some of you are allergic to USC receivers (see Nelson Agholor).

Round 5, Pick 161 (from Tampa Bay) - Jaheim Bell, tight end, Florida State

Dallas Goedert is one of the best tight ends in the game, but Philly hasn't used him as often as we would like. He still hasn't enjoyed a 1,000-yard season.

Some of that is because the Birds have other weapons who also need the ball tossed in their direction. Some of that is because Goedert has seen injury.

Here's what we learned these past two years. If Goedert does get hurt, Philly doesn't have much behind. The selection of Jaheim Bell is meant to satisfy that.

Round 5, Pick 171 (compensatory pick) - Evan Williams, safety, Oregon

Evan Williams is no stranger to producing cool stat lines. His final season in Oregon ended with him having stacked 82 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one pass broken up.

We've seen fourth-round grades attached to his name. We've seen him graded as a fifth-rounder. In this scenario, he's hanging around at pick 171.

Sure, Philly could address the safety position earlier, but if they wait, it;s hard to find a better prospect on day three of the selection meeting.

Round 5, Pick 172 (comp) - Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State

Adding Chop Robinson in Round 1 would be a major coup for Philly. As we stated however, an NFL team can never have too many pass rushers.

How about some insurance on Day 3 of the draft. We recommend Brennan Jackson. He recorded 8.5 sacks, 57 tackles and three pass breakups in 2023 for the Cougars.

Round 6, Pick 210 (comp) - Caeden Wallace, OT, Penn State

We end this one with the selection of an offensive tackle. Caeden Wallace is a good one. He stands at six-foot-four. He tips the scales at 314 pounds. He is also experienced.

He broke into the starting lineup for the Nittany Lions in 2020 as a redshirt freshman. He remained in the starting lineup the next four seasons.

Philly's starters at the tackle positions are solid. Perhaps you've heard of them, Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson, but if one or the other goes down, there's a dropoff.

Can Wallace hold serve if forced into the starting lineup? It's hard to tell, but we trust Jeff Stoutland, especially if Caeden begins his career as a reserve Philly develops.

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