Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0: Senior Bowl Edition

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The Senior Bowl is now in the books, which means that perhaps the only chance the Eagles’ scouting department will get this offseason to see members of the 2021 NFL Draft class in person is now over.

With that in mind, here is seven-round Eagles’ mock draft, made up of only players that were in Mobile, Alabama this past week:

Round 1, Pick 6: Davonta Smith, WR, Alabama 
If the Eagles could pick any player from the Senior Bowl this past week to be on their roster there is little doubt it would be Smith. Smith didn’t play or practice, but he did get a chance to speak with teams, and hopefully the Eagles made the most of it. There is talk of Smith going off the board as high as No. 3 to the Miami Dolphins, which his certainty possible considering their coaching staff was in Alabama. Still, No. 3 seems high for Smith, especially with the Dolphins needs along the offensive line. Smith should be on the board when the Eagles pick at No. 6, and if he is, selecting the Heisman winner would be a no-brainer for the front office.

Round 2, Pick 37: Quincy Roche, DE, Miami 
Addressing the defensive line early on in the draft should be a priority. The Eagles have Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat and not much else at defensive end moving forward — and no, I didn’t forget about Derek Barnett. Even if you believe Barnett still has potential, the Eagles need to find a young pass rusher in this year’s draft, a position Howie Roseman always likes to address, but is especially important this year. Roche, who spent his first three years at Temple before transferring, has totaled 17.5 sacks in the last two seasons.

Round 3, Pick 70: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida 
Grant, 6-foot, 194 pounds, was a playmaker throughout his college career. Grant picked off 10 passes over his final three seasons, taking one back for a touchdown, and making 11.5 tackles for a loss in the process. Grant spent time as the single-high safety at UCF, so if the Eagles do plan on playing more zone and more two-deep safeties, he could fit in nicely. If needed, however, Grant is viewed as having the ability to plan some man coverage, giving him the versatility the Eagles like in their defensive backs.

Round 5, Pick 134: Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA
As solid as Boston Scott is, the Eagles need a complimentary back to pair with Miles Sanders, and Felton is an intriguing option. Felton played both running back and receiver at UCLA, totaling 2,059 yards and 15 touchdowns on 332 touchdowns in four seasons. Felton impressed during the Senior Bowl, showing he can be a solid route runner at receiver, while also having the open-field moves you like to see from a running back. Pass-catching backs will be crucial in Nick Sirianni’s offense, and with the receiving issues Miles Sanders had last season, adding Felton with a late-round pick would be a wise move for the Eagles.

Round 5, Pick 139: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU 
Cox has worked his way up from a redshirt freshman at North Dakota State to a starter on LSU’s defense. That speaks volumes about his work ethic and ability to improve. Cox put up good all-around numbers during his only season in the SEC, totaling 58 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, eight passes defended and one interception. The Eagles linebacking core needs a complete makeover, and Cox would be a good addition to start that rebuild.

Round 6, Pick 165: Keith Taylor, CB, Washington 
Taylor, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, is viewed as ideally a zone cornerback, which could make him a fit for the Eagles with new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. One concern with Taylor is his lack of big plays, as he didn’t pick off a pass during his 29-game college career. Taylor has the physical traits to make him an intriguing late-round prospect, however, especially considering the Eagles’ desperate need at cornerback.

Round 7, Pick 198: David Moore, OG/C, Grambling State 
Moore found his way onto nearly every “winner” list from the Senior Bowl after a dominant week of practice. Moore weighed in at an eye-opening 6-foot-2, 350 pounds, and is projected to be able to play either guard or center. He isn’t NFL ready, but with Jeff Stoutland back, taking a chance on Moore with their final pick of the draft makes sense — especially with the success Howie Roseman has had with late-round offensive linemen.

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