Jimmy Bama took the time to put together a mock draft so it would be rude of me not to take the time to rip it. That’s the kind of friend I am.
Here is the link to his mock. Here are the picks:
1 – S/CB Lamarcus Joyner – Florida State
2 – WR Jarvis Landry – LSU
3 – ILB Jordan Zumwalt – UCLA
4 – DE Will Clarke – West Virginia
5 – TE Crockett Gilmore – Colorado State
5 – CB Aaron Colvin – Oklahoma
7 – QB Keith Prce – Washington
Clearly those are all bad picks. Here is what I would have done.
1 – Anyone but Lamarcus Joyner
2 – Anyone but Jarvis Landry
3 – Anyone but Jordan Zumwalt
4 – Anyone but Will Clarke
5 – Anyone but Crockett Gilmore
5 – Anyone but Aaron Colvin
7 – Anyone but Keith Price
My picks certainly make a lot more sense, right?
Jokes aside, I have mixed feelings on Jimmy’s picks. I love Joyner, but taking a tiny Safety at 22 doesn’t seem like good value. We need to see how big he is, but Joyner lists at 5-8, 190. Bob Sanders was “small”…at 5-8, 206. See the difference? Sanders was short, but did have a thick, strong build. Joyner has more of a CB build than Safety. Put on the game tape and you’ll be impressed, but taking him at 22 seems questionable.
Landry is a solid player. I can’t argue against him too much. I would prefer the Eagles go after Penn State star Allen Robinson. I think he would be a great fit for the Eagles. Zumwalt is a good player that I like. No major argument with him.
I don’t see Clarke as a likely Eagles target. Yes, he’s got great size. I’m sure Kelly, the scouts and Eagles coaches all love Clarke’s frame. But I see him as more of a 1-gap player. He loves to line up out wide and fly off the ball. That’s very different than lining head up on a blocker, reading plays and shedding blocks. I could be wrong and the Eagles could decide that Clarke’s length makes him a worthwhile project. I just have my doubts about him ever becoming a consistently good 2-gap player.
I have no problem with taking Gilmore in the 5th. He would be a good fit. And Colvin might be worth the risk in the 5th. He would sit out most, if not all, of 2014 and focus on getting healthy fo 2015.
Price looked like a star 2 years ago, but never built on his Sophomore season. He has the physicals gifts to start in the NFL. Price needs coaching and time to develop.
I’ll put together my own Eagles mock after the Combine. I’m figuring out a way to get Clowney, Watkins and Pryor. And then Lamarcus Joyner in the 4th round.
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It’s easy to get the impression from Kelly that as much as he appreciates Foles’ ability, his search for a franchise quarterback is hardly over.
He insists constantly he’s not looking for a running quarterback, but the read option is obviously a big part of his offense. And the read option is more effective with a fast quarterback than a lumbering one like Foles, whose strength is in the pocket.
Ask Mike Smith about Matt Ryan, and he doesn’t talk about competition. Ask Ron Rivera about Cam Newton, and he doesn’t talk about competition. Ask Mike McCarthy about Aaron Rodgers, and he doesn’t talk about competition.
But ask Kelly about Foles, and that’s the first thing he mentions.
“There’s always competition, and I think you can ask Nick that, too,” Kelly said after the 2013 season ended. “If you also have a guy that’s not competing to be the starter with Nick, then what if Nick gets hurt and then all of a sudden the other guy goes, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not ready to play because I thought Nick was going to be the guy?’
“It’s a cliché, but you are a chin strap away from playing in this league and when your opportunity comes, you have to take advantage of that.
“One of the things we do here is we compete and we have a bunch of guys that compete. Obviously you’ve got to have one guy. Right now, Nick is that one guy, but I don’t think Nick has ever been afraid of competition. He showed me that the first time we had that.”
Roob raises an interesting point with his comments, but there are a couple of factors to consider. As much as we like Nick Foles, he’s never been the starter for a full season. Foles has shown enough to believe he’ll be good, but he’s never been the #1 QB for an entire year. As for comparing him to Ryan, Newton and Rodgers and their coaches…that’s tricky. Smith drafted Ryan. That’s his guy. Rivera drafted Newton. That’s his guy. And both players were Top 5 picks. McCarthy inherited Rodgers, but Aaron was a 1st round pick. And McCarthy got to work with him for 2 years before handing the job to Rodgers.
Kelly inherited Foles when he was a 3rd round pick coming off a 1-5 rookie season. Foles did play exceptionally well in 2013 and Kelly is excited about him, but you don’t just hand that guy the keys to the kingdom with no questions. QB is too important a position to do that. A strong season from Foles this year will change all that, but for now I have no problem with how Kelly is handling the situation.
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