Todd McShay’s Two-Round Mock Draft 4.0 Has Some Surprise Names for Eagles
Defense may be a priority for the Philadelphia Eagles after their blockbuster trade with the Saints sent one of their three first-round picks to New Orleans.
ESPN’s draft analyst Todd McShay sees general manager Howie Roseman and staff addressing the defensive side of the ball in the 2022 NFL Draft with their two picks they still have in round one and their lone pick in round two.
With the 15th overall pick, McShay’s post-trade mock has Philadelphia going with University of Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.
The Eagles still have two picks in the first round following their Monday afternoon trade, and the first is an instinctive, hard-hitting corner. There isn't a better tackling cornerback in the entire class than McDuffie, and he has the speed to stay with receivers and limit big plays. With Darius Slay on the other side, Philadelphia could have one of the top CB duos in the league.
As for the 5-foot-11, 193-pound McDuffie, he recorded 35 tackles, four of which were for losses, a sack and six passes defensed and allowed only 16 catches on 36 targets for 111 yards with no scores and five pass breakups. He has not allowed a receiving touchdown since the 2019 season.
McDuffie would likely get immediate playing time across from Darius Slay in Jonathan Gannon's defense, replacing Steven Nelson at outside corner.
With their new No. 18 pick, acquired from New Orleans, McShay has the Eagles landing Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd.
Yes, the Eagles typically pass on off-ball linebackers in Round 1, but they need one, and Lloyd -- a potential immediate high-impact starter -- is sitting there on the board. A former safety, Lloyd flies all over the field and does a little bit of everything. He had 99 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and four interceptions last season.
Philly might be down one of its three first-rounders for this year after the deal with the Saints, but it picked up another Day 1 pick in 2023. If GM Howie Roseman decides that Jalen Hurts isn't the Eagles' guy after this season, he will have some early picks to go after Alabama's Bryce Young, Ohio State's C.J. Stroud or another passer.
The Eagles brought in Kyzir White in free agency, and pairing him with Lloyd would totally remake the Eagles linebacker core.
Lloyd was a highly productive player at Utah, making 99 tackles, 18 for loss with four interceptions in 2021.
In Round 2, the McShay has the Eagles doing something that would not be a surprise, if in fact the player was available. McShay has the Eagles taking Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo with pick No. 51.
The Eagles traded one of their three first-rounders, but they ended up with a first-round talent in Round 2 anyway. Of course, Ojabo tore an Achilles at Michigan's pro day, and Philadelphia can't expect to see him much, if at all, this season. But he has a lot of upside, and his speed and suddenness cause offensive tackles a lot of issues. If the Eagles can wait out his recovery, this could end up a huge win.
This would be a huge get if Ojabo fell to this spot in the draft and would not be surprising at all for Howie Roseman to take a player with a major injury entering the draft. They selected Sidney Jones in the second-round in 2017 after he tore his Achillies during his Pro Day workout. The same thing happened to Ojabo, who before the injury, had the potential to be a top-10 pick.
The Eagles brought back Derek Barnett, which would give them the ability to let Ojabo heal and not rush back for the 2022 season.
The NFL Draft begins April 28th and you can listen on 97.3 ESPN.