The NFL draft is three weeks away and Eagles fans seemingly have no idea what direction the team is going to go. Some argue for Ryan Tannehill, others for a defensive tackle and some even argue for another receiver like Michael Floyd. Luke Kuechly is definitely still on the fan’s radar because after so many years of horrible linebacker play we’ve determined that you can never have too many good linebackers. Heck, some are even arguing for the Eagles to spend another high pick on a safety.
The fans are all over the board. But the “experts” have seemingly pinpointed one spot they think the Eagles will try and upgrade: defensive tackle. I looked at 21 mock drafts (see the chart below) and 14 of them have the Eagles taking a defensive tackle. And another two of them have Quinton Coples who undoubtedly has the ability to play defensive tackle, especially under Jim Washburn in a scheme where tweeners like Jason Jones have thrived in the past.
Mock Draft Author:
|Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi St.||Mel Kiper (ESPN), Don Banks (SI), Charles Davis (NFL), Walt (Walter Football), Brad Wells (SB Nation), Wes Bunting (National Football Post), Sigmund Bloom (Bleacher Report), Shane Hallam (Draft Countdown)|
|Michael Brockers – DT – LSU||Brian Baldinger (NFL), Chad Rueter (NFL), Dane Brugler (CBS), Peter Schrager (Fox)|
|Cordy Glenn – OL – Georgia||Bucky Brooks (NFL)|
|Mark Barron – S – Alabama||Todd McShay (ESPN), Rob Rang (CBS), Charley Casserly (NFL)|
|Quinton Coples – DL – North Carolina||Scott Wright (Draft Countdown), Nolan Nawrocki (Pro Football Weekly)|
|Devon Still – DT – Penn State||Damond Talbot (SB Nation)|
|Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis||Russ Lande (Sporting News)|
But one of the Eagles’ strong points last year was their defensive line (including defensive tackle), why do they need an upgrade? Well…