Final answer? Two days to find out---MACH 10 ballots are due...

Final answer? Two days to find out---MACH 10 ballots are due...

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Final answer? Two days to find out---MACH 10 ballots are due...

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You want Eagles fan immortality? Then you have two more days to submit your Eagles MACH 10 ballot in the comments section below. 10 names of guys you think the Eagles will draft beginning Thursday night…and if you’re in the Euro Zone of internet access, feel free to submit your ballot to my email address at rslupean@excite.com.

This is the 13th year of the MACH 10 Draft Challenge. Many are called, but few are chosen.

Barring draft night trades, Drafttek analyst ~BROZ has his next-to-final say:

25 Philadelphia
Philadelphia NFL Mock Draft logo
Christian Wilkins NFL Draft photo Christian Wilkins
Clemson
DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
300



“Although the 2018 Eagles were respectable in Points Per Game Allowed (12th in NFL) and Sacks (8th with 44 sacks), their defense really didn’t scare or intimidate anyone. The Eagles were 23rd in YDS Allowed Per Game and 30th in Pass YDS Allowed…a testament that the defense was often in the infamous “Bend-But-Don’t-Break” mode. In fact, several of the 2018 losses were a result of the defense surrendering 4th quarter leads.

“If the Eagles want to maximize their Super Bowl window over the next five years, they need to restock their offensive and defensive lines. LT Jason Peters is running on fumes, DE Michael Bennett bolted for New England, and several of the other mainstays are getting up there in years. Not surprisingly, many of the Eagles’ official pre-Draft visits are linemen.

“One of those official visits in particular was with a guy that would be a perfect fit with the Eagles’ attacking 1-gap 4-3 scheme: Clemson’s Christian Wilkins. Personally, I just don’t see how this guy gets anywhere close to #25. Even with all the QB-needy teams reaching for QBs, and other teams prioritizing needs over BPA, I still don’t see Wilkins making it past the mid-teens. If he DOES make it to the 15-17 range, I’d fully expect Roseman to trade up and grab him, rather than waiting and hoping he slid to 25. I think the 2014 Draft taught Roseman that if “your guy” is within striking distance, you go get him. With 5.5 sacks, 14 TFL, and frequent QB pressures in 2018, Wilkins has the production, upside, and athleticism to be a pass rushing force next to Fletcher Cox for years.”
– Broz, Eagles Analyst

Also consider this from ~BROZ:
53 Philadelphia
Philadelphia NFL Mock Draft logo
Kelvin Harmon NFL Draft photo Kelvin Harmon
North Carolina St
WRF
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
213

 

“If the Eagles don’t burn one of their RD2 picks with a RD1 trade-up, I’ll be somewhat surprised. Having said that, two premium picks so close together here would make for a pretty interesting Friday night on Day 2 of the Draft. Could this be where the Eagles target a RB? It’s also the range where the Eagles could address the O-Line. Cody Ford is still on the board here, and I think the Eagles would strongly consider taking him if the board were to fall like this. Ford fills a need and is arguably the best player available, as well as being one of the Eagles pre-Draft visits.

“This week, the Eagles look to address a potential longer-term need: WR. Newly-signed speed receiver DeSean Jackson will be turning 33 this season…not a good combination. Alshon Jeffery’s cap hit is about to steeply increase over the next few years. The Wolfpack’s Kelvin Harmon does not bring the speed element to the field; however, he is a Great football player who excels at imposing his will on the field. If the Eagles were to take someone like Harmon, I think it would be as a possible replacement for Jeffery in two years.”

And then also this in Round 2:
57 Philadelphia
Philadelphia NFL Mock Draft logo
Taylor Rapp NFL Draft photo Taylor Rapp
Washington
S
    Reach/Value:     +15
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
207



“With Malcolm Jenkins turning 32 during this season, and Rodney McLeod under contract for only 2019, it’s a safe bet the Eagles will draft a safety this year. The Eagles do not use a traditional strong safety: they want both of their safeties to be interchangeable, to be able to cover slot receivers, and to have near-cornerback coverage skills…even if it comes at the expense of run defense.

“With the 57th pick this week, we take a look at safety Taylor Rapp. Opinions are mixed on him: ProFootballFocus had him as their 3rd best safety. On the plus side, Rapp is a high-effort player who is known for his tackling ability and his play “in the box” and behind the line of scrimmage (actually led his team in sacks with 5). For teams that like to have one of their safeties attacking the run almost like a fast linebacker, Rapp would be a good fit. Knowing the Eagles, however, I think they’d lean more towards the Nasir Adderleys and Gardner-Johnsons of the world, vs the Rapp/Johnathan Abram types. Take a look at Rapp in action here.

“Message to Rapp: if the Eagles DO draft you, don’t drink anything an Eagles employee hands you. If you do you’ll likely feel woozy for a sec, then wake up a week later 15 pounds heavier with a KFC gravy IV drip in your arm, a 50-something number on your back, and the Eagles’ Linebackers Coach giving you your new playbook.”

That’s your Rounds 1 and 2 cheat-sheet from ~BROZ for you late filers.
UPDATE 4/23/2019: ~BROZ posts his FINAL final say on 1st-round picks:
25 Philadelphia
Philadelphia NFL Mock Draft logo
Marquise Brown NFL Draft photo Marquise Brown
Oklahoma
WRS
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
165



“With no elite D-Linemen to choose from this week, the Eagles select the lightning-fast WR Marquise Brown in this CMD. With national guys like Peter King and Daniel Jeremiah slotting “Hollywood” to the Eagles now, more and more mock drafts are following suit.

“However, I’m still convinced that the Eagles are going to strike a deal to move up for a pass rusher…whether it’s Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, or Ed Oliver. There are no trades allowed in this CMD, so the choice came down to Brown, Jeffery “Redshirt” Simmons, or a slew of defensive backs. There are also rumors circulating that the Eagles are strongly considering Jeffery Simmons; however, with the verdict still out on the Sidney Jones gamble, I think they’d be wise to select a healthy player at this spot.”— ~BROZ.

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