NFL draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles mock draft roundup heavily features Gareon Conley, Christian McCaffrey
North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz shakes hands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Philadelphia Eagles as second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The NFL draft kicks off Thursday night in Philadelphia, and the intentions of the hometown Eagles will be under much scrutiny by the team’s fans. There are a number of needs on the roster: cornerback, running back and wide receiver — which the Birds addressed a bit in free agency — come to mind. The experts seem to agree. In a roundup of mock drafts, most pegged Philadelphia to pick either a cornerback or a running back with a couple notable exceptions.
Here’s a look at who the experts think the Eagles will select with the No. 14 pick on Thursday night.
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley prepares for an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Pick: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Analysis: “The NFL Draft is amazing, and in this simulation, I have Conley — viewed by many as the third-best defensive back at Ohio State last season — going to the Eagles. Philly would love Christian McCaffrey to fall here, but I don’t see it. Best cornerback available.”
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett (9) is seen in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 28-19. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Pick: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Analysis: “If there’s one thing Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has always loved in his hyper-aggressive four-man fronts, it’s pairing dominant interior linemen with the kinds of edge-rushers who have the speed and acceleration to the pocket to turn single blocks into pressures and sacks. … The Eagles have a solid rotation of ends with Long, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry, but a Schwartz defense can always use another edge specialist.”
Washington wide receiver John Ross runs into the end zone with a touchdown reception against Colorado during the second half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Pick: John Ross, WR, Washington
Analysis: “Does ‘Trader Howie’ use this pick to trade for Malcolm Butler instead?”
Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey (26) breaks up a pass intended for Clemson’s Artavis Scott during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Pick: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Analysis: “A height-weight-speed prospect who is the best run defender at the corner spot in the draft. If Humphrey can improve in locating the deep ball, he could be a good one.”