Todd McShay Mock Draft 2.0: Eagles Take Back-to-Back Bulldogs
The Eagles may have addressed wide receiver in the past two drafts, but ESPN’s Todd McShay predicts Philadelphia will continue to add to its receiving core in 2022.
In the analyst’s latest post Super Bowl mock draft, the Eagles one of their three first-round picks No. 19 overall on Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks .
Burks has 6-foot-3 size, great hands and a wide catch radius. He'd be a mismatch in the slot for coach Nick Sirianni and has the ability to tack on extra yards after the catch with smooth acceleration upfield. Burks, Nakobe Dean and Travon Walker make for a great draft class.
In 12 games as a junior last season, Burks finished with 66 receptions for 1,104 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.
As for picks No. 15 and 16 McShay has the Eagles turning their attention back to the defensive side of the ball, adding a pair of Georgia Bulldogs in linebacker Nakobe Dean and defensive end Travon Walker.
We all know the Eagles haven't taken a linebacker in the first-round in 40 years, but it might finally be time says McShay.
He does it all, from using his speed and sideline-to-sideline range to match with running backs in coverage, to blitzing through gaps and pressuring quarterbacks, to stopping the run and wrapping up ball carriers. His motor never stops, and his instincts make him a true game-breaker. The Eagles have taken just one linebacker in the first round over the past 40 years (Marcus Smith in 2014), but the middle of their defense covets someone like Dean.
McShay lists Dean has his No. 6 overall prospect after he received the Butkus Award as the nations best linebacker. He is a smaller linebacker, who excels in coverage, finishing the 2021 season with 72 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
As for Walker, the Eagles get another defensive end, with Derek Barnett a free agent and veteran Brandon Graham coming off an Achilles injury.
Philadelphia's 29 sacks were 31st in the NFL last season, Derek Barnett is a free agent, and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are both north of 30 years old. Plus, Graham is returning from an Achilles injury. Walker, meanwhile, is a power-based edge rusher who keeps getting better. It's time to stock the pass-rush cupboard a bit.
It would nice to see Walker, who posted 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks, paired with Josh Sweat with Graham being used in more of a rotation role, coming off that injury in his age 34 season.
The NFL Draft is April 28-30 and can be heard live on 97.3 ESPN.