Former GM’s mock draft landed Eagles linebacker


As the NFL calendar is about to turn to April, we will officially be in the month of the NFL Draft.

With less than a month until the first round on April 28, we get a fictional new draft, which examines what former NFL general manager and executive Mike Tannenbaum would do on draft day if he were in charge of Eagles.

This is not what I expect or what I hear. Instead, the following is how I would make each first-round pick if I represented each of the 24 teams with at least one Day 1 selection. It’s based on my own assessments and preferences, as well as what I think make the most sense for each board team.

So with that, let’s see how Tannenbaum would proceed if he had picks No. 15, 16, and 19.

First off, he’s doing something that many fans might be happy with, but doubt will actually happen, take a linebacker. He says he would take Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd with the 15th pick, as a jack of all trades in the middle of Jonathan Gannon’s defense.

Philadelphia hasn’t taken a first-round linebacker in nearly a decade, but Lloyd can be a jack-of-all-trades in the middle of the Eagles’ defense. He’s a three-down defenseman who plays faster than his 4.66-second time in the 40-yard dash would suggest.

Last season with the Utes, Lloyd totaled 108 tackles, 31 pressures and eight sacks while notching four interceptions, a true linebacker who would look great in midnight green.

Next at No. 16, Tannenbaum goes with Texas A&M inside lineman Kenyon Green.

I like the versatility of this guy. He has at least 100 snaps at four different positions along the offensive line, and he’s capable of playing fifth (center). Center Jason Kelce has re-signed for only a year, and guard Brandon Brooks just retired, so the Eagles can use a player like Green.

It’s not a choice I like too much, I think the Eagles have a lot of depth and options along the offensive line and while you can never have too many there, they have other pressing needs and many options to meet them there. Yes, Jason Kelce is coming down the line, but I think Isaac Seumalo will take the center spot when he retires. Jack Driscoll is still on board and the team has some other great depth plays.

Now ranked 19th, he fills a need with Washington Huskies cornerback Trent McDuffie.

Now I focus on cornerback, where Philly needs a starter against Darius Slay. The Eagles are tied for the worst completion percentage against in 2021, allowing opponents to connect on nearly 70% of their attempts. But McDuffie is stopping material. He allowed just 3.8 yards per attempted pass thrown last season, which was tied for the third-best in college football, and he can play in either men’s or zone programs.

I have no problem taking a corner and I like McDuffie, but there were other options he had after McDuffie that I like just as much if not more. Corners Andrew Booth Jr and Derek Stingle, wide receiver Treylon Burks, defensive tackle Jordan Davis to name a few.

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