Updated: Apr 24, 2019
The NFL draft is a short two weeks away. We are getting into crunch time, and mock drafts are flying off the shelves. Some draft experts have the Eagles trading up in the first round, some have them drafting skill positions, while others have the team drafting defensive help. Whatever the Eagles do, one thing is certain: they do not have a glaring need heading into April's draft. Well done Howie.
Charley Casserly NFL Media Analyst with NFL Network
Ole Miss: Greg Little | T | 6'5 310 lbs
Casserly has the Eagles trading up with the Ravens to pick number 22 in order to select their LT of the future in Little. Little is a big tackle at 6'5, and when he plays with a mean streak, can be very productive. Little is an athletic tackle that moves well for his size, a trait that makes this a predictable pick. What is interesting here is that Casserly has the Eagles trading up, to get ahead of the Texans and Raiders.
Charles Davis NFL Media Analyst with NFL Network
Michigan: Devin Bush | LB | 5'11 234 lbs
As mentioned in the college football preseason article, Bush is a prototypical WILL LB for a Jim Schwartz defense. Bush is a fast, sure tackling linebacker that can also cover. Sign me up for this pick.
Boston College: Chris Lindstrom | G | 6'4 308lbs
At this point, everyone should know what the Eagles are looking for in an offensive lineman - athletic with the potential versatility across the line. That is an accurate description of Chris Lindstrom, who has experience at tackle and guard. While he has a thin lower half, it is loose and strong. Lindstrom has the ability to move and reach blocks at the second level. He projects to be a G/C in the NFL, and can exceed in a scheme like the Eagles'.
Ryan Wilson Sports Writer with CBS Sports
Virginia: Juan Thornhill | S | 6'0 210lbs
Thornhill is a converted corner turned safety, a more common approach we see in 2019. Thornhill blew up at the combine with a 4.42 forty time and a 40 inch vertical. On film, Thornhill plays fast and is great in coverage. He is also a ball hawk with 10 INT over the past two seasons. A few things that stood out on tape were in the 2018 NC State game where he lined up in the box on at least 10 plays. Also, against Indiana in 2018 - he had a blocked extra point and returned it to the house. In that same game, he also took a great angle vs a break away running back to catch him and save a touchdown. However, also showing on film - he is a clear ankle tackler. No wrapping up.
Lance Cartelli Writer for 247 Sports
Oklahoma: Cody Ford | G | 6'4 329lbs
The Eagles have been linked to Cody Ford since the beginning of the draft process, and we have written at length about him. The team brought Ford in for an interview/workout using one of their 30 pre-draft prospect meeting slots. It's clear there is some interest in the guard from Oklahoma, but will it be at pick 25? While Ford is a great guard talent, the Eagles can go elsewhere to find value. However, if the team does select Ford at 25, I am positive fans will not be disappointed.
Luke Easterling Sports Writer for Draft Wire at USA Today
Washington: Byron Murphy | CB | 5'11 190 lbs
First and foremost, Murphy is a ball hawk that is aggressive against the run. He plays with toughness that makes up enough for his smaller frame. Through only 81 targets, Murphy has intercepted 7 passes. He has natural ball skills from man and in zone, that will allow him to make plays in the back half of the defense. If Murphy falls to 25, this is a no-brainer pick - given the Eagles are going to draft the best player available. Some may be spooked from drafting another corner from Washington, but that is something that we will have to get over. This kid has top 15 talent.
Robert Klemko Writer for Sports Illustrated
Delaware: Nasir Adderley | S | 6'0 206 lbs
It's no secret that the Eagles have done their due diligence on the hometown safety product in Adderley. Safeties coach Tim Hauck attended the Delaware pro day, a short drive down 95 from the Nova Care complex. Adderley is another converted corner to safety product that has the versatility to line up anywhere at the second or third level for the team, depending on the alignment. The Eagles also met with Adderley at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Chris Roling Sports Writer at Bleacher Report
Alabama: Josh Jacobs | RB | 5'10 216 lbs
Another prospect that we have covered at length is Josh Jacobs. It was generally a lock that if Jacobs was still on the board at 25, the Eagles were going to select him. Most mocks even had this as a lock. When the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, things changed. Mocks, as we have seen are all over the place on who the Eagles will end up drafting, but one writer still believes the Eagles will select Jacobs at 25. While this would not be an awful pick, it would not make sense for a team that has a proven commodity at the RB position. There are too many other holes that the Eagles can fill, while drafting the BPA not named Josh Jacobs.