With the first wave of free agency in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to the 2020 NFL Draft. Free agency changes the needs of several teams across the leagues, which obviously goes on to impact the NFL Draft. Analysts across the country are doing their best to break down these updated needs to give the clearest picture possible as to what to expect in a months’ time. Without further ado, here is a Philadelphia Eagles mock draft roundup from all across the internet.
Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft Roundup: Justin Jefferson Becomes the Favorite
Justin Jefferson [Scouting Report]
It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles need to get younger at wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery appears to have lost a step, Nelson Agholor is in Las Vegas, DeSean Jackson is a health risk, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside didn’t do anything to impress as a rookie. Jefferson is a solid route runner with great ball skills who can line up in the slot and out wide. He’d be a perfect fit for Philadelphia’s offense and a great target for Carson Wentz.
Tee Higgins [Scouting Report]
Carson Wentz throws one of the prettiest deep balls in football, and the Eagles give him someone that can actually catch them. Higgins is a physical freak with fantastic speed and size. The Clemson product can blow past defenses and can outjump defensive backs when facing tight coverage. He’s just as dangerous with the ball in his hands and should make Philadelphia’s offense one of the most explosive in the league.
Just like Zierlien, Marino believes Justin Jefferson to be the best receiver left on the board when the Eagles are on the clock. Philadelphia addressed cornerback by acquiring Darius Slay, so it only makes sense for the team to take a wide receiver. However, it’s worth noting that Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs are all off the board by the time the Eagles are on the clock. Marino implies that, if they’re still on the board, the Eagles would take any one of those three ahead of Jefferson.
A clear favorite has emerged from the mock drafters of the internet. As previously mentioned, Jefferson is a great fit for Philadelphia’s offense, and, from a talent perspective, he should be going in the mid- to late-first round.
This is a three-round mock, so Sports Illustrated also has the Eagles going after cornerback Noah Igbinoghene in the second round and interior offensive lineman John Simpson in the third. Igbinoghene would help solidify a secondary that doesn’t have much beyond Darius Slay, while Simpson appears to be a case of just grabbing the best player available.
Another vote for Jefferson! Howie Roseman doesn’t make his draft decisions based on the predictions of others, but there’s a lot of smoke to Jefferson. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles make the commonly-mocked choice and use the LSU product to bolster the receiving corps.
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