The draft is only five days away. With that in mind, let me present a couple of mock drafts. I'll give you one scenario that I would like to see happen and another that is more of what I expect to happen.
First off, here is one that I think is a more realistic scenario of what could transpire next weekend:
First Round: WR Marqise Lee, USC (6-feet, 199 pounds)
Second Round: LB Scott Crichton, Oregon State (6-foot-3, 273 pounds)
Third Round: G Dakota Dozier, Furman (6-foot-4, 313 pounds)
Fourth Round: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (5-feet-10 , 205 pounds)
Fifth Round: CB Dontae Johnson, N.C. State (6-foot-2, 200 pounds)
Seventh Round: DL Shamar Stephen, UConn (6-foot-5, 309 pounds)
I'm guessing that Odell Beckham and Brandin Cooks are gone. The Eagles could take Lee. You wonder about the rumors of Cody Latimer being a target at No. 22, but I'm leaning to Lee as the more realistic pick.
Lee is a player whom I like quite a bit. He isn't huge or blazing fast, but he's a solid all-around prospect. Lee always stood out to me because of what a tough, clutch player he is. He reminds me a bit of Anquan Boldin in that sense. I think Lee would thrive in the Eagles offense. He is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Teams would fear him on quick screens. Lee is fast enough to be effective down the field. Lee can play in the slot or out wide, so he would fit well with
In a fantasy world, Jeremiah Attaochu or Marcus Smith would be on the board at No. 54, but I'm guessing that won't happen. Heck, there's no guarantee that Crichton will last that long. He is a gifted, productive pass rusher. Crichton impressed me back in 2012 when I was watching older players for Oregon State. You saw him get low in his stance and just explode off the edge. That's how he racked up 22.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in three years.
Crichton would have to make the adjustment to linebacker. There is some projection involved. Crichton has the size, strength and athleticism to be a good 3-4 linebacker. At 273 pounds, you won't want him covering too much, but his primary job would be to rush the passer. And that is something that he does exceptionally well.
Dozier played left tackle for Furman, but then went to the Shrine Game and played left guard. He looked terrific on the inside, which is where he projects. Dozier doesn't show the footwork to play tackle. Put on the Furman tape and you see a nasty run blocker. He would be right at home in the Eagles offense. It is possible he could be a backup at right tackle, but I don't think he would play left tackle in the NFL. His best fit is on the inside at guard. Dozier could be a good starting guard in the NFL.
Chip Kelly recruited Seastrunk to Oregon. Kelly obviously thought Seastrunk would have thrived in the offense. Instead, Seastrunk ended up at Baylor, where he thrived in their spread attack. Seastrunk will remind you of
The Eagles offense is built on the run game. McCoy didn't miss a game last year. Would the offense be successful without him? It seems the Eagles might have some interest in adding another running back to the mix so the team will be ready if McCoy ever does get hurt.
Johnson won't appeal to all 32 teams. He has excellent size and is a natural press corner who has also played some safety. If a team prefers their corners to play off, Johnson won't be a likely target. He's not nearly as effective when backed off. He needs to be able to press and be physical with his receivers. The Eagles have checked Johnson out thoroughly. I'm guessing they like him because of his size and skills. Johnson shocked me when he ran 4.45 at the Combine. You don't see that speed on tape.
Stephen is a player who caught my eye at the Senior Bowl. He had ideal size and flashed good quickness. He played defensive tackle for UConn, but the Eagles could use him at end or as a nose tackle. Stephen is willing to do the dirty work and eat up blockers. He can also get some pressure on the quarterback when it is a pass play. The Eagles need depth on the defensive line. Stephen has the size and versatility to help the Eagles out.
I referred to this mock draft as being more likely since it had the early focus on offense. I would prefer defense, but I get the feeling the Eagles might surprise us and add more weapons to the offense.