Eagles Add 5 Defenders in The Athletic’s 7-round NFL Mock Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles currently have eight picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, the most picks they have had in the past three drafts, where they had just a total of 10 picks.
While some have focused heavily on the team’s first-round pick at No. 21, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler mapped out a full seven rounds of the upcoming draft.
In the mock, the Eagles added five new faces on the defensive side of the football, while adding a pair of wide receivers and a running back to the offense.
While most mock drafts have the Eagles going with a wide receiver at No. 21, Brugler sees Howie Roseman going out of his comfort zone with Oklahoma linebacker, Kenneth Murray with the first-round pick.
Under Howie Roseman, the Eagles traditionally draft the best player available at a position of relative need in the first round and Murray fits that criteria. He can be late to sort at times, but his play speed and competitive energy will quickly make him a fan favorite in Philadelphia.
In three seasons with the Sooners, Murray recorded 335 tackles, 37 for loss and averaged nearly 15 tackles for loss over his last two years at Oklahoma.
Murray is described as a speed-guy with an ability to fly around from sideline to sideline rolling up tackles.
At 6-foot-2 and 234 pounds, Murray is the type of linebacker the Eagles have been using the past few years, guys who are a bit undersized, that that have speed and the ability to cover running backs out-of-the-backfield.
With Philadelphia's second-round pick Brugler has the Eagles adding that wide receiver that many people think they are going to land in round one. With pick 53, he has the Eagles landing TCU wide out, Jalen Reagor, who is described as a "big-play machine, possessing blazing speed and reliable hands" by Pro Football Network's Neal Driscoll.
Looking to add to the cornerback position after the departure of Ronald Darby and moving Jalen Mills to safety this offseason, Brugler has the Eagles selecting Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson with the 103rd pick of the draft.
Robinson is one of the "bigger" corners in this years draft; measuring 6-foot-1, 205-pounds. This season he started ten of the 12 games in which he appeared, racking up 38 total tackles (1.0 for loss), four interceptions, 13 pass breakups, 17 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries and is also a special teams player, with five career blocked kicks.
Moving on to the fourth round, the Eagles have a pair of picks, No. 127 and 145. Brugler has the team looking at both sides of the football in this round, going with Boston College running back AJ Dilion (pick No. 127) and Iowa safety Geno Stone (pick No. 145).
Dillion is a big back, 6-foot, 247-pound, and is being compared to Derrick Henry because of this size and speed. He ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, compared to Henry's 4.54-second speed.
This season Dillon carried the ball 318 times, rushing for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also responsible for 13 receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown.
Stone could be a candidate to move to linebacker after being a solid "box" safety and solid tackler at Iowa
The team’s final three selections in the draft, a fourth, fifth and sixth-round pick, the Eagles add another wide out and double down on defense, adding SMU wide receiver James Proche, North Dakota State edge rusher Derrek Tuszka and Minnesota linebacker Kamal Martin.
Man believe Proche has the best hands in this draft class, Tuszka had 48 total tackles (19 for loss, 13.5 sacks) and five pass breakups last season and Martin is a strong, willing tackler, who recorded 36 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions in just eight appearances this season.
1 (21) LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
2 (53) WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
3 (103) CB Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
4 (127) RB AJ Dillon, Boston College
4 (145) DS Geno Stone, Iowa
4 (146) WR James Proche, SMU
5 (168) EDGE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State
6 (190) LB Kamal Martin, Minnesota