It’s been a slow news weekend so far, and nothing noteworthy has been worth reporting. With the draft less than a week away, though, some more avid fans may be getting a little antsy. One fun way to think about the draft is by playing armchair GM on a fantastic simulation website. The advantage to this game over creating a mock draft is that the computer generates all the selections excluding the ones that belong to your team. It’s fast-paced and realistic, although it becomes predictable after a handful of simulations. To all my fellow draft geeks, I suggest you give the site a try. I’ll leave you with my mock draft for the Eagles, which, by the way, is not my dream scenario. Instead, I’m guessing how the draft will actually go down, for better or for worse.
Round 1 – Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: The buzz is building, and Jordan’s length, upside, and connections to Chip Kelly make him an attractive candidate for the 4th pick.
Round 2 – E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: The Eagles don’t really want Nick Foles, and need a young guy to groom behind Michael Vick.
Round 3 – Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut: Gratz has the physicality, versatility, and size the Eagles are looking for in defensive backs, and the team is awfully thin at corner.
Round 4 – Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State: The Eagles need to grab an offensive lineman at some point, and while Fragel may just be a swing tackle initially, he has the athleticism and nastiness to develop into a very good player.
Round 5 – Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Chip Kelly may want another ball carrier for his high-powered offense, and who better than his college bell cow?
Round 7 – Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas: Gragg fits into the move tight end role and would be a nice backup behind James Casey.
Round 7 – Rontez Miles, S, California (PA): The Eagles have shown a ton of interest in Miles, and if he’s available in the seventh, I expect them to pull the trigger.
Round 7 – Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama: It’s time to add players who can stick on the final roster, and one way to do that is by filling out a paper thin defensive line.
Round 7 – Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson: Some Jason Kelce insurance is needed, and the Eagles met with Freeman earlier in the pre-draft process.