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PhillyFanatic's Eagles 2014 Mock Draft

My picks to bring the Eagles back to prominence

Super Bowl bound baby! Switching things up for the Eagles a little bit. Chip Kelly already had a great draft. Hard to improve upon. Only going to add some commentary and change one or two picks.

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Show/Hide Player Comments 1st (26th) 34OLB Marcus Smith Louisville Sr 6'3 3/8" 251 lbs. 4.68

Analysis: I liked the pick. First I liked the trade down with the Browns. The Eagles needed picks. The Smith pick makes a lot of sense though. The Eagles need more players to help transition to the 34. The current group of OLBers were drafted/signed as 43 DE's and many didn't convert well to their new roles. Often removing the element of surprise from the pass rush, effectively nullifying one of the key elements that makes the 34 defense so successful.

Kelly likes schematic versatility. It was one of Dion Jordan's main attributes while at Oregon and what him such a high pick. He could rush the passer, cover tight ends and even played some bump and run as a slot corner. The Eagles lacked that kind of athleticism at the position and Smith is here to give them that. I'm on board with the pick.

Marcus Smith Tribute 5/9/2013
Marcus Smith Interview 12/29/2013
Marcus Smith vs Miami 2013 (Russell Athletic Bowl)

Show/Hide Player Comments 2nd (42nd) WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt Sr 6'3 1/8" 212 lbs. 4.46

Analysis: I really thought this was another well thought out pick. We all knew we needed to address the position after DJax left. Jordan Matthews made a good case to be a 1st round draft pick and the Eagles are lucky he was still on the board this late, due to position being pretty stacked. It made sense to go here early, after seeing the run on DB's in the first round.

Matthews is the cousin of all-time great Jerry Rice. Great bloodlines aren't all he has going for him though. He's extremely competitive and was the most productive WR in SEC history. No easy feat in such a tough division known for it's great defense and for being on a team with limited talent.

Matthews has the size, speed, measureables and production to do some serious damage at the NFL level and I have all the confidence in the world that Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in his hands early and often. A great addition to the receiving core and offense overall.

Jordan Matthews vs Georgia 2012
Jordan Matthews vs Florida & Arkansas 2011
Jordan Matthews vs South Carolina 2012

Show/Hide Player Comments 3rd (86th) WR Josh Huff Oregon Sr 5'11 1/4" 206 lbs. 4.47

Analysis: I don't know a lot about Josh Huff. What I do know is Chip Kelly does and the Eagles are paper thin at WR after getting rid of DJax and Avant. So I'm going to trust the staff on this one. He does have some nice measureables and he does know the system. That should help him contribute early on.

I did like Trai Turner and Brandon Thomas though picked shortly after Huff. I considered changing this pick to Da'Quon Jones too with the need for a true nose. I thought he represented some good value this late.

Josh Huff vs Oregon St. 2013
Josh Huff vs Washington St. 2013
Josh Huff vs Texas 2013 (Alamo Bowl)

Show/Hide Player Comments 4th (101st) CB Jaylen Watkins Florida Sr 5'11 1/2" 194 lbs. 4.41

Analysis: I thought Watkins would go much higher. He showed a lot of versatility at Florida. The Gators defensive backfield was stacked last year with 3 CB's given draftable grades in this years draft as well as another highly touted CB waiting in the wings. Watkins was seemingly the best of the bunch and made the switch to FS this last year to make room for some of the other guys to get onto the field more. He can use that versatility to fortify the Eagles secondary.

Jaylen Watkins vs Missouri 2013
Jaylen Watkins high school junior highlights
Jaylen Watkins high school sophomore highlights

Show/Hide Player Comments 5th (141st) 34DE Taylor Hart Oregon Sr 6'6 1/8" 281 lbs. 4.85

Analysis: Again, Kelly knows best here. They said they had Hart rated as a 3rd rounder so it appears he is a value pick this late. Being familiar with the scheme again should give him an edge to make an impact early. A 5 tech isn't a very glamorous position but it should help free up our new 1st rounder Smith to make a bigger impact.

Taylor Hart vs Tennessee 2013
Taylor Hart vs Oregon State 2012
Taylor Hart Interview 8/12/2011

Show/Hide Player Comments 5th (162nd) FS Ed Reynolds Stanford rJr 6'1" 207 lbs. 4.51

Analysis: I love the value of this pick late. I thought Ed Reynolds had 3rd or 4th round tape and the Eagles still have a need to upgrade the back end of the defense. There were some other guys I liked here but Reynolds makes up the best value/need available.

Ed Reynolds 2009 High School Highlights
Ed Reynolds vs UCLA Pac 12 Championship 2012
Ed Reynolds Tribute 11/3/2013

Show/Hide Player Comments 7th (224th) WR Jeremy Gallon Michigan rSr 5'7 1/2" 185 lbs. 4.49

Analysis: I know the Eagles need a true nose and Allen probably represents their last shot at acquiring such a guy in the draft. However, I see great value in Jeremy Gallon as a productive slot receiving option going forward. The Steelers took a guy by the name of Antonio Brown a few years back in a similar position. I'm hoping for a comparable stroke of luck here.

Jeremy Gallon 71-yard touchdown catch
Jeremy Gallon Interview 10/19/2013
Jeremy Gallon vs Indiana 2013

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