Mock Draft Recap

Let’s take a look at a round by round recap:

First Round Selections

OT:  Jeff Otah – Pittsburgh (2)

OT:  Chris Williams – Vanderbilt

OG:  Branden Albert – Virginia

RB:  Felix Jones – Arkansas

DE:  Derrick Harvey – Florida

WR:  James Hardy – Indiana

FS:  Reggie Smith – Oklahoma

We definitely have some logical minds commenting in this forum.  Nobody really wants to use the 1st round pick on an offensive tackle, yet we all know the Birds need to establish depth at the position with Runyan and Thomas likely riding off into the sunset in 2009.  Couple that with the uncertainty surrounding the competence of Winston Justice, and the reluctance to kick either Todd Herremans or Shawn Andrews out to the tackle spot, and drafting a tackle becomes a rational move. 

Really, the only guy listed above I wouldn’t take would be Branden Albert.  I just don’t see the need for a guard with the Frenchman Max Jean-Gilles waiting in the wings.  The Birds are better suited to nab a OG prospect in the later rounds (Note: the poster who suggested the Albert pick was looking to provide an unorthodox take on the first three rounds rather than the status quo).  By the way, did anyone notice that James Hardy was compared to your very own legend Harold Carmichael in his scouting report?

Compares To: HAROLD CARMICHAEL-ex-Philadelphia…You might have to ask your dad who Harold Carmichael was, but Hardy is in the same mold — a tall, lanky receiver with a great reach and excellent leaping ability whose jump ball skills will create nightmares for smaller cornerbacks. Those defenders generally get into lots of trouble trying to stop Hardy from getting to the jump balls, evident by the 10 pass interference penalties charged to those covering Hardy in 2007. Some say he is like the Giants’ Plaxico Burress, but he lacks the bulk, strength and explosive burst that Burress brings with his game. Use him on fades or bubble screens and he is sure to move the chains, but he is going to have to dedicate a few hours to the weight room, as his lack of ideal strength could become an issue, especially trying to beat the jam.

Second Round Selections

DT:  Dre Moore – Maryland (2)

RB:  Chris Johnson – East Carolina (2)

FS:  Thomas DeCoud – California

CB:  Charles Godfrey – Iowa

CB:  Justin King – Penn State

DT:  Red Bryant – Texas A&M

DT:  Trevor Laws – Notre Dame

I guess great minds think alike here with the Dre Moore and Chris Johnson picks.  Prior to the post I didn’t know much about either player.  Dre Moore has some serious baggage concerning his consistency, but he also has major upside with his physical tools.  Johnson, who ran a 4.2 at the combine struck me as a workout warrior until I peeped this highlight mix tape on You Tube.

Johnson has been compared to Westbrook with more long, breakaway speed.  I’d take a shot with him because he could contribute from day one on punt and kick returns.  DeCoud, Laws, King, Godfrey, and Bryant all look like solid picks, however, if it was a toss up between the five, I’d be inclined to lean towards Trevor Laws. 

Third Round Selections 

WR:  Eddie Royal – Virginia Tech (2)

WR:  Donnie Avery – Houston (2)

CB:  Antwaun Molden – Eastern Kentucky

TE:  Martellus Bennett – Texas A&M

WR:  Dexter Jackson – Appalachian State

CB:  Tracey Porter – Indiana (Illegal pick: ranked #46)

Again, similar thinking from a bunch of people – dynamic, speed receivers who can all contribute on special teams from the get go.  I wouldn’t take Molden here in the 3rd round as he’s perceived as more of a 4th to 5th round guy, but honestly, I’ve never seen Molden on the field.  I like Martellus Bennett, but he needs to bang down a couple cheesesteaks a day to beef up his flimsy frame.  If I had to declare a winner (which is really pointless since no NFL games have been played) I’d have to go with………..

Jay Strock with the Jeff Otah, Chris Johnson, Martellus Bennett draft.

Thanks for playing and stay tuned, once the compensatory picks are announced, we should expand this baby to a full 7-round mock.

Jay, you’ll know your prize has arrived when you can smell your mailbox from your living room.

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10 responses to “Mock Draft Recap

  1. Jay "Just call me Mel" Strock

    I’m touched and honored to win the Max-Jean’s jock. If there’s an Eagle Scout contingent that supplants the “Dirty 30” as MSG on draft day–I’ll be the first one there sporting nothing by my prize.

  2. Jay "Just call me Mel" Strock

    By the way, most impressive part about the Chris Johnson You Tube video is the song.

  3. I dunno. I can’t see taking a TE before a DB. And I get a THO from 4.2 speed too, but Johnson will never play RB unless he learns blitz pick-up, as Hunt and Moats have learned. I was skeptical about this pick at first, but I can see it happening as much as I don’t like spending a second-round pick on a special teamer. Johnson will owe Hester a cut of his paycheck if he goes that high.

  4. eaglescoutblog

    Tracer – good point about the DB. Another good point about the blitz pickup. However, I think Johnson could be employed more as an overall weapon in the offense – he lined up as a wideout frequently in college. Our offense could use more playmakers and this guy sure seems like on (23 TDs in 13 games last year).

    Taking a RB in the 2nd round would be a surprising development.

  5. I had trouble selecting Johnson in the second round too, but if the Eagles start the season with a competent PR/KR last year, they probably finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. Provided he can catch the ball, Johnson is no worse than Mahe and with 4.2 speed he’s a legit threat to break one at any time. I’m also pessimistic, I don’t think the Eagles will pick up a #1 WR this offseason, so my other thought is getting Johnson on the field at RB and splitting Westbrook wide. If Westbrook is the team’s only weapon let’s move him around as much as possible.

  6. Tracer–I don’t disagree with your comments, but I didn’t like any of the DBs available with the Eagles’ picks according to the rules of the mock draft. I also took into account that the team has 3 good CBs now–this will probably change, but I based my draft on what they have now, not what they might have in 30 days. What really worries me is that I think the Eagles’ biggest need on defense is at FS and I don’t see any good free safeties out there the Eagles have a legit chance at drafting. Following the Eagles’ history of drafting 1-2 years before they need a position player I see Bennett as a TE with great upside who might be able to contribute in the red zone right away. I was actually tempted to take Fred Davis or John Carlson in the 2d round, but I think Bennett can be a better player in the long run.

  7. eaglescoutblog

    The safeties in this draft are few and far between. Kenny Phillips is the only safety with a 1st round grade, and many believe that even to be a reach.

    If Reggie Smith can make the move to safety he’d be a 2nd rounder.

  8. Jay — We’re applying the same philosophy to different positions. CB isn’t an area of great need, but it’s a deep position in this draft and there are guys there who can contribute as returners. Plus, even if Sheppard swallows his pride in 2008, I can’t see him doing that in 2009 unless he’s wearing a ring or gets a major raise. The Eagles don’t run much double-tight, though we can argue about whether that’s by choice or necessity, so I don’t see a lot of value in spending two picks, signing a free agent and franchising a TE within two years. If not a DB, I see more value in taking a DT at that slot.

  9. I think Jay Strock should have the jockstrap for one weel only (for display purposes only), then return it to Max. How can you expect a player to compete without retaining his “good luck jock”? Now let’s get back to the war room!

  10. Tracer–You’re right we are applying the same philosophy to different positions. I’m disappointed that LJ Smith is around for another year and Schobel can’t get on the field (I actually forgot about him). I think Celek is good, but he doesn’t have Bennett’s potential. The main reasons behind my choice to take Bennett are his potential, his ability to be a red zone target, and I think Bennett can contribute sooner b/c Big Red may actually play a TE as a rookie.

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