The draft is finally here. The Eagles now hold the No. 2 pick thanks to a trade with the Cleveland Browns. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 3.0 that has the Eagles taking North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
* denotes juniors
** denotes redshirt sophomore
1. Los Angeles Rams (from Titans) - *Jared Goff, Cal , QB, (6-4/215)
Goff doesn't have to go very far. He should beat out Case Keenum for the Rams' starting gig, but I'm not sure if that's the best thing.
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2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Browns) - Carson Wentz, North Dakota State, QB, (6-5/237)
Clearly there is a lot of risk here, but the Eagles made the right move (see story). Wentz is big, physically gifted and very bright. The adjustment to the speed of the game from the FCS to the NFL is the only legitimate concern.
3. San Diego Chargers- *Jalen Ramsey, Florida State, CB/S, (6-1/209)
Ramsey is a freak. He slides into Eric Weddle's spot. Those are big shoes to fill, but Ramsey has a chance to be very special.
4. Dallas Cowboys - *Joey Bosa, Ohio State, DL, (6-5/269)
There were reports that the Cowboys aren't high on Bosa. They're likely higher on him now that two of their defensive ends are suspended to start the season. Bosa is the right pick here anyway.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - *Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss, OT, (6-5/310)
Wow. The Jaguars get a steal, and dropping to No. 5 will give Tunsil plenty of motivation. Blake Bortles will be a happy man.
6. Baltimore Ravens - DeForest Buckner, Oregon, DL, (6-7/291)
I've said all along I think the Ravens take Buckner because he'll be the best player available. He also fits a need.
7. San Francisco 49ers - Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame, OT, (6-6/312)
The nerve of Chip Kelly! Ignoring the position for so long in Philly only to take a guy like Stanley with his first pick! (Actually Chip isn't in charge of personnel, but this pick makes sense for the 49ers)
8. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles) - *Myles Jack, UCLA, LB, (6-1/245)
There are medical concerns with Jack, but his play on the field is undeniable. May be the most talented player in this draft. With that said, he may be in for the biggest slide of any player.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - *Shaq Lawson, Clemson, DE, (6-3/269)
Lawson is a complete defensive end that will contribute immediately for the Bucs.
10. New York Giants - *Leonard Floyd, Georgia, OLB, (6-6/244)
There's a ton of buzz around him but Floyd is still a tough guy to peg. He probably fits best as a 3-4 OLB but the Giants are starved for playmakers on defense. The production isn't prolific, but he flashes elite pass-rushing skills.
11. Chicago Bears - Sheldon Rankins, Louisville, DT, (6-1/299)
Rankins fits any scheme. He'll tie up offensive lineman and keep the Bears' new linebackers clean.
12. New Orleans Saints - *Vernon Hargreaves, Florida, CB, (5-10/204)
The Saints need help at every level on defense. Secondary is definitely at a premium.
13. Miami Dolphins (from Eagles)- *Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, RB, (6-0/225)
I could definitely see Elliott going earlier (I really thought he would go No. 8), but the Dolphins would have to be elated if he falls to them.
14. Oakland Raiders - *Jack Conklin, Michigan State, OT, (6-6/308)
Conklin has been shooting up draft boards. I like him but this spot seems right for him. He starts at right tackle for the Raiders immediately.
15. Tennessee Titans (from Rams) - *Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss, WR, (6-2/221)
Marcus Mariota needs playmakers. Treadwell is the best receiver in this draft. He's certainly not a burner but he's physical and has tremendous ball skills.
16. Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, Ohio State, OT, (6-7/310)
The Lions desperately need offensive line help. I think this is a bit of a reach for Decker, but the Lions need a mauler to help a poor running game.
17. Atlanta Falcons - Reggie Ragland, Alabama, LB, (6-1/247)
This is a nice, safe pick for the Falcons. Ragland will man the middle of the defense as a rookie. His floor is very high.
18. Indianapolis Colts - *Darron Lee, Ohio State, LB, (6-1/232)
Lee is a playmaker. He may be a little undersized to play inside in a 3-4, but he'll never have to come off the field with his coverage skills and he can be a difference maker from Day 1.
19. Buffalo Bills - *Andrew Billings, Baylor, DT, (6-1/311)
Billings is totally a Rex Ryan guy: Big, tough and strong. He's still a little young (21) and raw.
20. New York Jets - *Paxton Lynch, Memphis, QB, (6-7/244)
I'm a lot higher on Lynch than most but agree that he needs a little seasoning. Ideally the Jets bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick and let Lynch learn the nuances of being an NFL quarterback.
21. Washington Redskins- Jarran Reed, Alabama, DT, (6-3/307)
The Redskins lost a couple key defensive lineman this offseason. Reed is the type of player who doesn't put up numbers, but is a nightmare for offensive lineman.
22. Houston Texans - Josh Doctson, TCU, WR, (6-2/202)
I'm sticking with my run on receivers here. Doctson and DeAndre Hopkins can be a Brandon Marshall-Alshon Jeffrey-like tandem for new quarterback Brock Osweiler.
23. Minnesota Vikings - *Will Fuller, Notre Dame, WR, (6-0/186)
Fuller gives Bridgewater a burner on the outside. The deep ball was a concern for Bridgewater last season. Now we'll find out if it was Bridgewater's arm or a lack of weapons.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - *Corey Coleman, Baylor, WR, (5-11/194)
Coleman would be a great complement to A.J. Green. He helps mitigate the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson III, Houston, CB, (6-0/189)
Jackson has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the draft process. I contribute that mostly to him playing in the AAC and just not getting noticed until now. He'd be a big help for the Steelers.
26. Seattle Seahawks - *A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama, DT, (6-4/307)
Robinson is big, strong and an athletic freak. The only thing I saw that I didn't like is his tendency to just kind of give up when he gets double teamed. If a coach can get to him, he could be a steal here.
27. Green Bay Packers - *Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss, DL, (6-3/294)
Nkemdiche certainly has red flags between his off-the-field issues and questions about his effort. The talent is off the charts though. I'd be really interested to see how Dom Capers would use Nkemdiche.
28. Kansas City Chiefs - *Mackensie Alexander, Clemson, CB, (5-10/190)
I really like Alexander here. The Chiefs could have a strong, young corner duo with last year's defensive rookie of the year, Marcus Peters, and Alexander.
29. Arizona Cardinals - *Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky, DL, (6-2/251)
Yes, the Cardinals just acquired Chandler Jones, but Spence could be the best pure pass rusher in the draft.
30. Carolina Panthers - **Eli Apple, Ohio State, CB, (6-1/199)
This would be a great landing spot for Apple, who's dealt with the weirdest pre-draft noise. With Josh Norman leaving, Apple could help sure up the position a little.
31. Denver Broncos - Jason Spriggs, Indiana, OT, (6-6/301)
Spriggs is another guy I'm really high on. He was a tight end in high school so there's excellent athleticism here. They'll need someone to protect Sam Bradford (maybe).