A hype-filled week at the NFL Combine is now complete, and some players have significantly bumped up their stock, while others have plummeted down teams draft boards. Most importantly, the Eagles were able to get an up-close look at some prospects that they may consider adding to their team come April.

At the combine, the Eagles met with a slew of players.

Here is the reported full list by position…

Quarterback: none

Running Back: Josh Jacobs (Alabama), Damien Harris (Alabama), Devin Singletary (FAU), David Montgomery (Iowa State), Miles Sanders (Penn State), Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma), Bryce Love (Stanford), Myles Gaskin (Washington), Trayveon Williams (Texas A&M), Dexter Williams (Notre Dame), Tony Pollard (Memphis), Travis Homer (Miami), Ryquell Armstead (Temple)

Wide Receiver: David Sills V (West Virginia), Hunter Renfrow (Clemson)

Tight End: Irv Smith (Alabama)

Offensive Line: Dalton Risner (Kansas State), Tytus Howard (Alabama State), Fred Johnson (Florida), Ryan Pope (San Diego State), Tyler Roemer (San Diego State), Oli Udoh (Elon), Brian Wallace (Arkansas)

Defensive Tackle: Christian Wilkins (Clemson), Dontavious Russell (Auburn), Greg Gaines (Washington), Daylon Mack (Texas A&M)

Defensive End: Shareef Miller (Penn State), Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State)

Linebacker: Gerri Green (Mississippi State)

Cornerback: Iman Marshall (USC)

Safety: Nasir Adderly (Deleware), Zedrick Woods (Ole Miss)

It is clear the Eagles have their eyes on finding a new running back in the draft, and are also looking at some potential offensive & defensive line help through the draft.

Free agency is impending, so some of the needs may change. However, the Eagles currently have the following needs: RB, DT, LB, OT (depth), WR, S (depth), CB (depth)

With the dust settled, the Eagles officially have eight picks coming into the NFL Draft: one first-round pick, two second-round picks, zero third-round picks, two fourth-round picks, a fifth-round pick, and two sixth-round picks.


Before getting into the latest mock draft, be sure to check out version 1.0 and 2.0 first to see how the needs and player rankings have changed throughout the offseason.


Round 1 (pick 25): DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

If there ever were a perfect player for the Eagles to select in the first round, Christian Wilkins would be that player. Wilkins said it himself: he is a guy who can be a spark in both the locker room and on the field.

Wilkins, paired next to Fletcher Cox, would prove the Eagles with one of the most formidable defensive fronts in all of football for next season, and for years to come. In 2018, Wilkins had 51 total tackles, including 14 for a loss and 5.5 sacks. Wilkins also had two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

At the combine, Wilkins wasn’t one of the players that put up freak-like numbers, but he still had a very solid performance in Indianapolis. Wilkins ran a 5.05 40-yard dash, and showed great versatility in the open field throughout numerous agility drills.

Thanks to some of the jaw-dropping performances at the combine, such as fellow defensive lineman Montez Sweat’s 4.42 40-yard dash and Ed Oliver’s 36″ vertical leap, Wilkins has a chance to last until pick 25 for the Eagles to select him.

It is also worth noting that adding Wilkins would make it easier for the Eagles to move on from Tim Jernigan, who is set to have a $13 million cap hit. Obviously Wilkins is a bit of a question-mark due to the fact he hasn’t played an NFL snap yet, but he has the potential to be just as good, if not better than Jernigan, at a much cheaper cost.

Round 2 (pick 53): WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

The Eagles already have one South Carolina wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery, and they very well could be open to adding another one. Deebo Samuel had a great performance in Indianapolis, and that paired with his film solidifies him as a top-60 pick in this years draft.

Samuel ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, and also showcased his phenomenal route-running ability and his hands. In 2018, Samuel finished with 62 catches, 882 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which were personal collegiate career-highs.

Samuel, who is 5’11 2/8 and 214 pounds, would be able to line up on the outside opposite of Alshon Jeffery, which would allow Nelson Agholor to stay in the slot.

The Eagles have a desire to give Carson Wentz as many weapons as possible, and in the past have actually given Wentz a handful of players to choose from in the draft to add to his offense. Looking at Samuel’s highlights, it would be hard for Wentz to see his skillset and not want to have the chance to throw to him for an entire season.

Round 2 (pick 57): RB Miles Sanders, Penn State

Miles Sanders is set to be one of the highest risers thanks to his performance at the combine. Sanders, who was previously seen as a potential fourth-round pick, is skyrocketing up draft rankings towards the bottom half of the second-round.

Sanders was arguably the most impressive running back in Indianapolis this past weekend, and that was highlighted by his 4.40 40-yard dash. Sanders also had a faster 10-yard split than his former Nittany Lion teammate, Saquon Barkley.

After playing second-fiddle to Barkley for a few seasons, Sanders finally got his chance in 2018, and he made the most of it. Sanders took 220 carries for 1,274 yards, which is 5.8 yards per carry, and had nine rushing touchdowns. Sanders is also a bit of a threat in the passing-game as well. Sanders had 24 catches on the season for 139 yards.

Sanders has the potential to be an every-down back, but in the meantime would provide a great speed option in an Eagles committee out of the backfield.

In the past, the Eagles have typically favored selecting prospects that they’ve met with at the combine, and that was the case with Sanders. Some of the top running back prospects that the Eagles met with had a dismal performance, but Sanders shined bright.

Round 4 (pick 127): LB Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame

Drue Tranquill can properly be referred to as Iron Man after his combine performance. Tranquill tied for the most bench reps with 31, and also ran a 4.58 40-yard dash.

At Notre Dame, Tranquill had a very solid season, finishing with 86 tackles, 9.0 of which were for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Tranquill also shows promise in coverage. Though he didn’t have an interception in 2018, Tranquill did have four pass deflections.

The Eagles have an interesting situation at linebacker. Jordan Hicks is a free agent, and there are a slew of solid role players at the outside linebacker position. While Hicks was hurt this season, Nigel Bradham frequently lined up in the inside. If the Eagles wanted to roll with Bradham on the inside, Tranquill would make sense to be a depth piece on the outside alongside players such as Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Gerry.

Round 4 (pick 138): G Conner McGovern, Penn State

Brandon Brooks will be coming off of a torn Achilles in 2019, and Isaac Seumalo has been somewhat inconsistent at left guard. Along with that, Stefen Wisniewski is at risk of being a cap fatality.

Considering that, offensive guard depth could quickly become a need for the Eagles, and that’s where Conner McGovern could possibly come into the equation.

McGovern showcased good athleticism at the combine, putting up a 4.57 in the shuttle, a 7.66 in cone drills, and a 36″ vertical. Along with that, McGovern also did 28 reps on the bench, which is a proper display of his strength. McGovern also noted in Indianapolis that he is comfortable playing any of the five offensive line positions, which is something the Eagles will look fond upon.

Round 5 (pick 163): CB Saivion Smith, Alabama

The Eagles are expected to lose Ronald Darby in free agency, but still have Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Sidney Jones at cornerback. However, given the slew of injuries the Eagles experienced at that position this past season, it would be wise of them to get some insurance there.

Saivion Smith started 12 of 15 games this season for Alabama, but had a bit of an up and down season. Smith hit the peak of his season when he intercepted projected top-15 pick Drew Lock twice in one game this season, but hit his low when he allowed a 74-yard touchdown in the National Championship game against Clemson.

Smith was still battling an ankle injury that he suffered on that long touchdown play, so he didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Regardless, in 2018, Smith put up respectable numbers. Smith had 60 total tackles, had three interceptions, and forced one fumble.

Smith is caught up in a fairly stacked defensive back group coming into this years draft, which will cause him to be a day 3 pick, but he is still a talented cornerback. This is certainly a nice depth option for the Eagles if they look to select another cornerback.

Round 6 (pick 197): S Khari Willis, Michigan State

The Eagles restructured Rodney McLeod’s contract, which ensures he will be back for the 2019 season. However, his new contract now means he may not return in 2020, which means safety could quickly become a need.

The Eagles may not wait this long to select a safety, but if they do, Khari Willis is a guy with intrigue this late in the draft. Willis had the most reps out of any defensive back at the combine with 22, and that matches well with his hard-nosed play coming out of the secondary.

Willis has the ability to play centerfield as a safety and is also a good communicator on defense. Willis finished with a collegiate-high 77 tackles this season, and also had seven pass deflections and one interception.

Michigan State has frequently been a school that produces capable defensive players in the NFL, and Willis says his attendance there will prove wonders for his career in pro football.

Round 6: OT Oli Udoh, Elon

The majority of the offensive lineman the Eagles interviewed are expected to be late-round picks, and Oli Udoh may fit the best out of anyone the team talked to.

Udoh had some of the best measurements out of the entire offensive lineman group (6’5 1/2, 323 pounds, 10″ hands, 85 1/8″ wingspan), and also had 26 reps on the bench, along with a 5.05 40-yard dash. If Udoh didn’t go to an FCS school, he likely would be ranked much higher than the sixth-round.

Udoh currently plays right tackle, but his size and speed infers that he’d be capable at left tackle as well. The Eagles seem destined to hold onto Jason Peters for 2019, but Udoh is as intriguing a piece you can find this late in the draft that could have a chance to start in a few years, especially learning from a player like Peters.


Udoh also would provide stability at right tackle. When Lane Johnson was hurt this season, the Eagles offensive line significantly struggled, as no one was able to fill the void at that spot.

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