Jason Verrett, TCU (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
What will the Philadelphia Eagles do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.
March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)
Round 1, pick 22: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
We said: Philly relied on Trent Cole and Connor Barwin for their pass rush in 2013, but defensive coordinator Bill Davis could use a physically imposing player who works well in Davis’ preferred hybrid fronts. The 6-4, 273-pound Ealy disappears at times, but he’s got enough quickness and overall awareness to get better, and he’s also built up a nice résumé as a deflector of passes at the line.
Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 22: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
We said: I realize “debaclefest” is not a word, but the Eagles’ current situation at safety is a debaclefest. They may get the expected rookie year-to-Year 2 bump from Earl Wolff, but the need is there for another playmaker. Say hello to Pryor, whose smash-mouth style would make him an instant favorite in Philadelphia.
Round 2, pick 54: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
We said: Landry came up hobbling at the combine, which could push him out of the first tier of receivers … and work to Philadelphia’s advantage.
Feb. 19, 2014 – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)
Round 1, pick 22: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
We said: The Eagles could lose receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin in free agency, but this is a deep draft for receivers, and the sense is that Philly's defense will get the attention in the first round. At No. 22, the Eagles are picking right around where a late-round run on cornerbacks might begin, and that's not a bad development since Chip Kelly's club could use some cover help. Unless there's an edge rusher the Eagles are sold on (Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is a name to keep track of), Gilbert would add to the overall depth of the secondary and give the Eagles one of the top two cover men in the draft. If a safety like Louisville's Calvin Pryor gets past Green Bay at No. 21, he'd be an even more attractive option.
Feb. 6, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)
Round 1, pick 22: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
We said: Similarly, as Chip Kelly’s offense comes together in its second NFL season, pass coverage will be at a premium. Verrett would be a great addition to Billy Davis’ aggressive defense. He can trail receivers, will undercut routes with aplomb and is tough enough to provide run support.
Jan. 9, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 22: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
We said: The Eagles defense improved greatly as the year progressed, but it still finished dead last in the league against the pass. Dennard’s the only corner off the board so far, leaving Philadelphia its choice of impact players. Verrett is not far behind Dennard — and some might argue he’s actually the best CB in this class.
Dec. 5, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 20: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
We said: Merely sliding up a cornerback here. Dennard was a Lion as of Mock 3.0, but with the Eagles’ pick in that first draft now up at No. 17, to Chicago, Philadelphia nabs the Spartan instead. He’s just what Philadelphia needs: an aggressive, physical cornerback capable of playing in man coverage.
Sept. 24, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 10: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
We said: Mariota is the rather obvious match here — he played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and is thriving in the offense Kelly left behind. The MMQB’s Greg Bedard reminded us, though, that Kelly recruited Manziel partially because Johnny Football played in a high school offense similar to Kelly’s attack. This one would be a lot of fun if it happened.
April 30, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)
Round 1, pick 9: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Renowned QB guru Steve Clarkson said that Hundley
would have been the top pick in the 2013 draft, had he been eligible. It’s hard to argue, given the skills on this 6-3 QB. Another year like his freshman campaign (3,745 yards passing, 38 total touchdowns) should push Hundley to the draft.