Updated: Mar 3
Tis the season! Who doesn't love a mock draft? While mostly for fun, and well-educated guesses at best - experts have begun their first versions of the 2020 mock drafts.
This year is an exciting draft for the Eagles. They have a huge position of need at wideout, and experts are saying that this is one of the most loaded wideout classes in the past decade. We all remember the 2014 WR class too.
Most mocks, especially before free agency, you will see the Eagles taking a wide receiver or cornerback. If the team makes a major move at either (or both), we will start to see the mocks changing. However, without further ado, here are the first versions of the expert's mock drafts for the Philadelphia Eagles.
21. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR
This is a SEXY pick for the Eagles. It is absolutely no secret that the Eagles offense has been lacking real speed over the past two seasons. With DeSean Jackson uncertain for a full 16 games at this point in his career, having Ruggs' deep threat ability is huge for the development of Carson Wentz and Miles Sanders. Remember, when you have a threat like Ruggs, paired with a veteran in DeSean, defenses cannot bring the 7-8 guys into the box. Ruggs has some real big-play ability every single time he touches the ball, so that will give Doug and whoever the new OC is a fun toy to play with.
21. Tee Higgins, Clemson WR
Not as sexy of a prospect as Ruggs, but still a very good-looking pick for Howie. Higgins is nowhere near the burner of a Ruggs, (Jerry) Jeudy, (Laviska) Shenault, (Jalen) Raegor or even a (CeeDee) Lamb. However, Higgins is a big physical receiver that can take over an Alshon Jeffrey role, and play with a bit more speed. Higgins is a number one wide receiver, but I personally cannot see the Eagles going for another big, physical, but non-explosive wide receiver. The team already spent a high draft pick on J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and while he had an awful rookie campaign, Eagles fans should expect to see more from JJAW - even Kiper agrees.
21. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR
Experts love Ruggs to the Eagles at 21. If Kiper didn't mock him to the Broncos at 15, I am sure he would have been mocked to the Eagles. That is the only issue for Eagles fans -- if Ruggs is still there at 21. Ruggs might end up breaking the 40-yard dash record, set by John Ross at 4.22 seconds. That draft had its fair share of good wideouts and quarterbacks, and John Ross was selected in the top 10. This raises the question, should the Eagles trade up to draft Henry Ruggs III?
21. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona WR
This would leave most Eagles fans disheveled. A PAC 12 WR?! Haven't we learned from the past? While Nelson Agholor did not pan out when coming out of USC, that does not mean all wideouts from the PAC 12 are great athletes with the inability to consistently catch a football. Aiyuk is flying up boards given his speed and playmaking ability. Is he a first-round pick? No. Should the Eagles consider him on day two? Absolutely.
There you have it, the experts have spoken! We will continue to round up the expert's mock drafts as they are released to keep you, our loyal readers, on the pulse of everything Eagles draft. Just don't go ordering your custom Ruggs III jersey yet.