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April 27, 2016

Final Eagles only seven-round mock draft

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With the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Eagles will select... Carson Wentz, quarterback, North Dakota State.

Throughout the offseason, we've published five mock drafts, never repeating any players. This will be the sixth and final edition, unless, you know, the Eagles trade Sam Bradford or something. 

There are no running backs or defensive linemen below, and yes, I agree those are unfortunate omissions. The simple fact of the matter is that the Eagles are not going to be able to draft every position they would like to unless they move current players for picks or trade back. The Eagles will not add players in the draft at every need area. I can guarantee you that right now.   

With that disclaimer out of the way, here's our final Eagles only seven round mock draft:

Round 1 - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (6'5, 237)

There isn't much more to say about this pick anymore. It's either going to be Cal's Jared Goff or North Dakota State's Carson Wentz. With all indications that the Los Angeles Rams will be selecting Goff, Wentz will be become the new face of the Eagles' franchise.

In case you're unfamiliar with Wentz's game, we published a detailed profile of him waaaaay back in early December. It was published as if Chip Kelly would still be the head coach, but all the analysis about Wentz's strengths and weaknesses remains unchanged.

Round 3 - Jeremy Cash, S/LB, Duke (6’0, 212)

Cash doesn't play a ton of deep safety and is almost more like a linebacker. He has good size for a safety and plays with a physical demeanor. Watch him blow up the tight end here and make a tackle for loss against Florida State:

Cash's numbers the last three seasons are awesome:

 YearTackles TFL Sacks FF INT 
 2013121 9.5 
 2014111 10.5 5.5 
 2015101 18 2.5 
 TOTAL333 38 

38 tackles for loss and nine forced fumbles in just 39 games from the safety position is absolutely ridiculous.

If Jim Schwartz is open to adding a linebacker/safety hybrid type, Cash could be a great fit, especially in sub packages. A highlight reel:

Round 5 - Evan Boehm, C, Missouri (6'2, 309)

Boehm's Combine spider chart is, uh, not good. Here's how Boehm compares to centers competing at the Combine since 1999.

In other words, Boehm is not the most athletic guy in the world. His 10-yard dash of 1.91 seconds is atrocious. He is not going to remind anyone of Jason Kelce. However, what Boehm does is move defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage against their will, which is a rare trait for centers in the NFL these days. He also played 52 consecutive games at Missouri, both at LG and C, which means he'll play through pain, and he is regarded as a very smart player.

From the Eagles' perspective, Boehm could compete for a starting job at guard, while also serving as a backup to Kelce.

Round 5 - Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida (6'1, 203)

Robinson was suspended four times during his career at Florida, but the Eagles seem more willing to consider character issue players. Robinson's career numbers are somewhat unimpressive, partly because he missed time due to those suspensions.

 Demarcus RobinsonRec Yards YPC TD 
 201323 4.6 
 201453 810 15.3 
 201548 522 10.9 
 TOTAL106 1355 12.8 

27 receivers had more TD receptions last season than Robinson had in his entire collegiate career.

Still, Robinson does have talent. He is thought of as a speed guy, although he only ran a 4.59 40 at the Combine. You can see his athleticism here:

And then there's also Howie's #GatorBias.

Round 6 - Nick Kwiatkowski, LB, West Virginia (6'2, 243)

The Eagles gave Kwiatkowski a little extra attention at the Senior Bowl, and then they reportedly met with him at West Virginia's pro day. And then they had him in for a pre-draft visit to the NovaCare Complex. Obviously, the Eagles have interest. Over the last three seasons, Kwiatkowski has racked up 275 tackles, with good pass breakup numbers in 2015 from his linebacker spot:

Nick Kwiatkowski Tackles Sacks FF PBU 
 2014103 0.5 
 TOTAL275 5.5 11 

Kwiatkowski played safety in high school, and then all three linebacker spots as well as special teams for the Mountaineers. That versatility could make him a mid- to late-round target as a versatile reserve linebacker. He is also a physical tackler, which was a common theme from the acquisition the Eagles made in free agency for Jim Schwartz's defense.

Round 7 - Juston Burris, CB, NC State (6'0, 212)

Jim Schwartz has "a type," and that type is "physical," In that regard, Burris should be a clear player of interest. In his last season at NC State, Burris was credited with a grand total of zero missed tackles. The Eagles could look at Burris as an immediate contributor on special teams as well as depth at corner.

Round 7 - Parker Ehinger, OT/OG, Cincinnati (6'6, 310)

In 2014, Ehinger was the Bearcats' RG, but he moved to LT for the 2015 season. So, you know, versatility.

Ehinger has a good height-weight combination for a tackle, and while I believe he's more athletic than some give him credit for, he'll probably have to move inside to guard at the next level. Even with only seven picks in this draft, I believe the Eagles would be wise to draft two offensive linemen, and this is considered a deep offensive line draft.

So there you have it. No need to even watch the draft now.

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