Now that the NFL Combine is in the books, it is time for Eagles 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Version 1.0.
Before we dive into the picks, here are a few thoughts:
** The Eagles clear needs heading into the draft are receiver, defensive line and cornerback.
** It seems like they will be addressing the need at corner in free agency and still have some young players on the roster, making it seem unlikely they will go cornerback heavy in this year’s draft.
** Pass rusher or defensive tackle at No. 21 is certainly a possibility, but it is hard to find a natural fit at that spot from the defensive linemen projected to go in the first round.
** Moreso than past years, this teams needs could dramatically change by the time the draft comes around, considering how much cap space they enter free agency with.
Delpit can do it all and projects to be the next stud secondary player from LSU. He could be used to replace Rodney McLeod next season if he leaves in free agency, as he has experience playing the single-high safety role and has the athleticism to be a playmaker in that role. What makes Delpit such a special prospect is his versatility, which will definitely be catching the Eagles’ attention if they need to replace Malcolm Jenkins. Delpit spent time in man coverage as a slot cornerback last season and in the box, playing at a high level in both roles.
Chances are the Eagles will have either Jenkins or McLeod back next season. The chances both are back feel slim. Delpit projects not only as a player that can eventually replace either, but can also contribute right away in a number of different roles.
Hamler caught 56 passes for 904 yards and eight touchdowns last season, an average of 16.1 yards-per-catch, with an average of 16.9 yards-per-catch overall during his time at Penn State. Hamler is electric after the catch and should have the speed at the next level to stretch the field.
Hamler isn’t a slam-dunk prospect, but he does have a high ceiling and fits exactly what the Eagles are looking for. Plus, the Eagles have likely seen plenty of him after heavily scouting Miles Sanders — Hamler’s best friend — prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.