After surveying 15 mock drafts, the insiders and experts all agree that the Eagles will address the defensive side of the ball early, but they certainly don't agree on the player or the position.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com – DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (Jan. 25)
"The Eagles have joined the ranks of the NFL elite by investing heavily in the offensive and defensive lines. Lawrence is a rugged nose tackle with the size and strength to erase runs between the guards while also collapsing the pocket with bull rushes on passing downs."
Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network – DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State (Jan. 28)
"The Eagles had success their first time dipping their bucket into the Mississippi State iDL pool (Fletcher Cox). Why not go again? The Eagles’ defensive system under Jim Schwartz calls for chaos up front: the defensive line is designed to get into the backfield and make a mess of things."
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com – DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson (Jan. 23)
"This would be the steal of the draft for the Eagles. Wilkins is a top-10 talent."
Kalyn Kahler, Sports Illustrated – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (Jan. 29)
"Lawrence is primarily an early-down run-stuffer, but he has a rare combination of size and athleticism and has flashed upside in the pass-rush. His gargantuan body type is really hard to find (6-4, 350 pounds) which makes him an intriguing pick for the Eagles, whose recent success has come in large part from investing heavily in offensive and defensive lines."
Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson (Feb. 11)
"Ferrell has ideal size at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds for a 4-3 defensive end at the NFL level. ... In addition to being a good pass rusher, Ferrell plays hard and is also a good run defender, much like Derek Barnett when he came out in 2017.
"With Brandon Graham potentially leaving in free agency this season, as well as Chris Long and Michael Bennett nearing the end of their careers, the Eagles badly need to reload at DE, a position of extreme importance in Jim Schwartz's scheme."
Mel Kiper, ESPN – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State (Jan. 17)
"At 6-foot-6, 241 pounds, Sweat is a rangy prospect who is athletically gifted. And he produced, racking up 22 sacks the past two seasons. Receiver is also a position to watch, as Golden Tate and Mike Wallace are both on the free-agent market."
Jon Ledyard, The Draft Network – S Nasir Adderley, Delaware (Jan. 21)
"I don’t even know what the Eagles need because their entire roster was basically on injured reserve this season, but Rodney McLeod is coming off a season-ending injury and Malcolm Jenkins is getting up there a little bit. Adderley can play cornerback and both safety spots, bringing much-needed flexibility and play-making ability to an Eagles secondary that lacked both far too often this season."
Joe Marino, The Draft Network – S Nasir Adderley, Delaware (Feb. 4)
"There are a number of short and long-term concerns for the Eagles secondary on a defense that gave up the most passing yards in the NFC last season. A versatile defender with dynamic playmaking upside, Adderley would be a welcomed addition.
"Adderley’s range, ball skills, coverage awareness, processing skills, physicality and tackling ability are all plus traits and he checks a lot of boxes. Adderley was an absolute joy to study on film and is a first-round safety all day long, assuming he tests where I believe he will."
Todd McShay, ESPN – DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (Feb. 7)
"It's no secret that the Eagles want a cornerback, but this is some really, really good value. Put Lawrence next to Fletcher Cox and let those two plug the middle of a line that was in the bottom third in rush defense this season."
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report – CB Byron Murphy, Washington (Feb. 4)
"So why is he on the board here? Teams could knock him for his lack of bulk on a 5-11 frame. Murphy has been electric the last two seasons at Washington, oftentimes showing up the teammates around him from previous draft classes. The Eagles could quickly fall in love with his playmaking skills and ability to close on the ball with special quickness and physicality."
Chad Reuter, NFL.com – DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (Feb. 5)
"If Haloti Ngata, who's due to become a free agent, doesn't return, Lawrence would be a good replacement."
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State (Feb. 11)
"Jeffery Simmons wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to a violent incident that occurred between he and a woman many years ago. ... Since then, all reports say he’s been nothing but a model student and citizen. I can see a team like the Eagles and a coach like Doug Pederson taking a chance on Simmons. This would be a good spot for him in many ways."
Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State (Feb. 10)
"A dominant player – Top-10 on my board – falls to the Eagles late in the first, and with DT Timmy Jernigan unlikely to return at his cap figure, the Eagles have a gaping hole next to Fletcher Cox."
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports – DT Gerald Willis, Miami (Feb. 11)
"Willis didn't attend the Senior Bowl but he remains one of the best defensive tackles in a ridiculously deep class of them. His ability to wreak havoc in the backfield will upgrade an Eagles unit that ranked 26th in pressuring the quarterback."
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com – DL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (Jan. 29)
"Haloti Ngata is due to hit the market this offseason, and will Timmy Jernigan be back in 2019? There could be an opening or two at DT, which would clear the way for Lawrence, who flashes the ability to manhandle opponents."