March 6, 2024   7 MIN READ

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Mock Draft 2.0: Birds Go OL, LB, WR First 3 Picks


With the NFL Scouting Combine in the rear view, and attention turned to the next phase of the pre-draft process, NFL teams have adjusted their grades, big boards and opinions since the showcase in Indianapolis.

Some players confirmed what tape showed, others underwhelmed relative to expectations. In some cases, the overlooked emerged on radars.

The Eagles, who still hold nine picks in April’s draft, have considerable work to do to restore order after their collapse, though not all of the perceived shortcomings can be addressed in one offseason.

Fortunately for the Eagles, who typically default to fortifying the trenches, this class is rich in offensive line talent. The same can be said for cornerback, a position in need of repair.

Below is my second of four mock drafts, with a reminder that there are no hypothetical trades included.

Here we go:

Troy Fautanu

GETTY IMAGES: OT Troy Fautanu, a product of Pac 12 champion Washington, rocked the NFL Combine.

Round 1: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

On the heels of a remarkable showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, Fautanu’s stock is rising, and he might ultimately be out of reach for the Eagles at 22. The thought process here remains the same; the Eagles, being a franchise with an eye on the future, pounce on value and add a centerpiece to grow with Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson and Cam Jurgens. Adding to the appeal, Fautanu, a left tackle, offers the flexibility to play guard or right tackle, so it should not necessarily be viewed as a redshirt season if he lands with Philadelphia. Fautanu (6-4, 317) is a tad on the smaller side for left tackle at the pro level, but his 34.5-inch arms, coupled with his athletic testing, should quell any concerns.
Mock Draft 1.0: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Round 2: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

The Eagles defy philosophical logic here, snagging a linebacker earlier than expected due to value. Cooper (6-2, 230) boasts 34-inch arms and represents the new-age NFL linebacker, equipped with blistering range, explosiveness, high-end anticipation and the coveted coverage acumen to shadow tights ends and track running backs out of the backfield. Armed with third-year linebacker Nakobe Dean – and presumably a free-agent addition – new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will have legitimate tools to work with after the Eagles add Cooper.
Mock Draft 2.0: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

Roman Wilson

GETTY IMAGES: Michigan product Roman Wilson has performed well at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine.

Round 2: Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

Beyond starters A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, the wide receiver depth chart is relatively barren, filled out by largely unproven commodities. In light of the expected involvement of the No. 3 receiver role under newly minted play-caller Kellen Moore, a free-agent signing is expected to be added to the mix. But the need to develop another young pass-catcher to grow with quarterback Jalen Hurts is evident, so I would anticipate the team addressing it at some point during draft weekend. Wilson (5-10, 185 pounds) is a twitched-up, explosive inside receiver with exceptional short-area quickness. He should thrive as a vertical slot and serve as a quarterback-friendly option for Hurts.
Mock Draft 2.0: Calen Bullocks, S, USC

Round 3:  Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

Coming out of the Combine, the Eagles’ safety room is currently comprised of Reed Blankenship, Sydney Brown – recovering from a late-season ACL tear – and a pair of future signings in Tristin McCollum and Mekhi Garner. One could make a case for the team selecting a safety earlier, as the position is arguably the top priority considering the demands placed on the position under Fangio. But the thinking here is the Eagles will add to the group via free agency. In Hicks, the Eagles are getting a long-framed defender (6-3, 212) equipped to contain tight ends and big-bodied wideouts who’s also well-versed in physicality and showcases his football intelligence. Should be an early impact first-year player.
Mock Draft 2.0: Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

Round 5: Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky

Later than some might have liked, I’m sure, but in this scenario, the Eagles land one of my favorite Day 3 cornerback prospects in Phillips. Standing a shade under 5 foot 11, and weighing 190 pounds, Phillips offers inside-outside versatility, technical savvy and a willingness to tackle. A pesky defender, Phillips has a knack for staying in the hip pocket of opposing wideouts. Tested through the roof at the Combine, which included a 4.48 40-yard dash and 42-inch vertical leap. Played in a zone-heavy scheme at Kentucky.
Mock Draft 2.0: Isaiah Davis, RB, South Dakota State

Erick All

GETTY IMAGES: Erick All, from the TE factory known as Iowa, would be a Day 3 value pick and add needed depth.

Round 5: Erick All, TE, Iowa

The Eagles stumble on value here, bolstering their tight end depth with high-upside talent and athleticism. Had it not been for consecutive season-ending injuries, All would’ve been off the board long ago. At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, All is a well-rounded tight end. He’s a good blocker, but his most notable trait might be his route-running, especially at that size. All’s injuries might be a cause for concern for some, but he has the makings of the next great Hawkeye tight end.
Mock Draft 2.0: Fabian Lovett, DT, Florida State

Round 5: Isaac Guerendo, RB, Louisville

Given the plethora of Eagles needs, I waited on taking a running back. Sure, D’Andre Swift and Boston Scott are pending free agents, but I expect the Eagles to sign a low-cost veteran on the open market to supplement the depth chart. Few players benefited more in Indianapolis than Guerendo, who likely saw his stock rise from priority free agent to Day 3 pick thanks to a 4.33 40-yard dash and 41.5-inch vertical. Miring in a timeshare at Louisville – he transferred from Wisconsin ahead of the 2023 season – the 6-foot, 220-pound runner enjoyed a breakout senior campaign. Guerendo would add a physical element to the Philadelphia backfield while also providing some juice.
Mock Draft 2.0: McCallan Castles, TE, Tennessee

Mohamed Kamara

GETTY IMAGES: Mohamed Kamara, from Colorado State, has explosive edge traits.

Round 5: Mohamed Kamara, EDGE, Colorado State

It isn’t necessarily a question of if, rather than when, the Eagles select a pass rusher. Coming off of a Combine showing in which he clocked a 4.57 40-yard dash and jumped 34.5 inches, Kamara (6-1, 248) is grossly undersized for his position, but the CSU product plays with his hair on fire, winning with violent hands and a variety of pass-rush moves. Kamara also consistently demonstrates an innate understanding of leverage. Questions of play strength and long-term effectiveness will likely persist, but Kamara is an impressive prospect who should be able to help as a situational edge rusher.
Mock Draft 2.0: Joshua Cephus, WR, UTSA

Round 6: Devin Leary, QB, Kentucky

A Sicklerville, NJ., native, Leary might not boast prototypical size for the position, but the former Wildcat dazzled with his accuracy and touch during the on-field period of his Combine workouts. The Eagles have been known to take late-round flyers on quarterbacks, and Leary gives them an intriguing developmental prospect to compete with second-year pro Tanner McKee and an expected free-agent addition.
Mock Draft 2.0: Joe Milton, QB, Tennessee

– Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) is a Staff Reporter/Content Producer for

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