Ray Didinger's full 2020 Eagles mock draft


We know Eagles general manager Howie Roseman likes to be aggressive in the draft. He doesn't take the sit-still-and-wait-for-our-turn approach of other teams. If he sees a player he likes, he is not afraid to trade up and get him. 

Honestly, that is the approach I would take this year. I think Henry Ruggs, the explosive receiver from Alabama, would be the perfect fit for the Eagles offense, a dynamic and versatile weapon that possesses the skill set of a Tyreek Hill. Yes, I think he is that good. But he will not be on the board for the Eagles at the #21 pick. They would have to trade up to get him and I think he is worth it.

However, for the purposes of this mock draft, we'll say the Eagles don't wheel and deal. They keep all their picks and draft in their current position. The following scenario is based on what I think will be on the board at the time and how it fits the Eagles needs.

First Round, Pick No. 21: Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, LSU.

Most mock drafts have the Eagles taking Jefferson in this spot which makes sense. Jerry Jeudy, Cee Dee Lamb and Ruggs will be gone so the 6-1, 200-pound Jefferson will be the best receiver on the board. He is coming off a monster year (111 catches, 18 touchdowns) with the national champion Tigers. He has good speed (4.43) and a wide catch radius. He was far more productive in the slot than split wide so that may limit him a bit at the next level. He was much better beating coverage inside than he was outside. He will need to improve his routes in the NFL but he will be a productive player wherever he winds up.

Second Round, Pick No. 53: Terrell Lewis, defensive end, Alabama.

The Eagles need to upgrade their pass rush and there isn't a lot of depth in this draft for edge rushers. If you want one -- and who doesn't? -- you can't afford to wait too long. The 6-5, 262 pound Lewis has a lot of talent but he comes with some risk which is why I think he slips to the second round. He had major injury issues at Alabama. An arm injury sidelined him for most of 2017 and a torn ACL cost him part of the following season. He was healthy last year and really came on. Lewis has major upside if he can just avoid injury.

Third Round, Pick No. 103: Van Jefferson, wide receiver, Florida.

His father Shawn was an NFL receiver and now coaches the position with the New York Jets so it is not surprising Jefferson looks like a pro already. In terms of route running, he is the equal of Jerry Jeudy and he is more consistent catching the football. He doesn't have the ridiculous speed of Ruggs or Jalen Reagor which is why he may slip to Round 3, but he is deceptively fast. He drew 11 pass interference penalties the last two seasons because he is so good at turning defenders and shifting gears. He caught every ball thrown his way in the Senior Bowl practices.

Fourth Round, Pick No. 127: Ben Bredeson, guard, Michigan.

The Eagles could use some fortification on the O-line and the 6-5, 315-pound Bredeson would provide it. He is a big, physical road grader who developed into a solid pass blocker. Last season, he did not allow a sack or even one quarterback hit in 451 pass protection snaps. I don't think he is nimble enough to play tackle in the NFL but he is very good inside. Two time team captain, he shows excellent awareness recognizing and adjusting to stunts and blitzes.

Fourth Round, Pick No. 145: Antonio Gibson, running back / wide receiver, Memphis.

I'm reaching back into the bowl for another offensive playmaker. Gibson is a solidly built 6-1, 225 pounds and he impressed the scouts when he ran a 4.39 in the 40 at the combine. He played both running back and receiver at Memphis. He is still a raw prospect in many ways but his tools are impressive. He scored 14 touchdowns on 77 total touches at Memphis. He averaged 19 yards on 38 receptions, most of them from the slot. He averaged an eye-popping 11.2 yards per rush. He is a boom or bust guy but at pick 145 I'll take the shot.

Fourth Round, Pick No. 146: Akeem Davis-Gaither, linebacker, Appalachian State.

At the moment, the Eagles linebackers are Nate Gerry, Duke Riley, T.J. Edwards and Alex Singleton. I know Jim Schwartz doesn't hold linebackers in high regard but this is pretty ridiculous. I really like Davis-Gaither even though is a small guy (6-1, 220 pounds) from a small school. I like his speed, his instincts and his sure tackling. He reminds me of another undersized linebacker from Appalachian State, Dexter Coakley, who was a three time Pro Bowler for Dallas.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 168: Alex Highsmith, edge rusher, UNC-Charlotte.

Small college walk on who opened some eyes with his performance at the East-West Shrine Game. Highsmith is 6-3 and 247 pounds and projects as a sub package pass rusher at the next level but he shows the explosive first step to win a lot of those one on one battles. Good spin move and strong hands helps him beat bigger blockers. He had 14 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss last season.

Sixth Round, Pick No. 190: Kindle Vildor, cornerback, Georgia Southern.

You should always take at least one defensive back in every draft and the Eagles could certainly use an upgrade. Vildor was an under the radar prospect from a small school but he performed well against Division One competition at the bowl games. He measures small at 5-10 but his long arms and 39 inch vertical jump allow him to play bigger. Had a nice interception and return in the Senior Bowl.