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Eagles Mock Draft: Elite defensive tackle falls

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 19, 2019 - 5:30 am

This past week, Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman sounded extremely enthusiastic about the players that will be available at a major position of need for the Eagles in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

“It’s clearly a very good defensive line group,” Roseman said. “Probably a historical defensive line group, and that’s both at end and tackle.”

Roseman isn’t lying. 

In his latest NFL Mock Draft for NFL.com, draft expert Daniel Jeremiah projects the first four picks in this year’s draft will be either defensive ends or defensive tackles, and five of the first seven overall. 

Even with a run on defensive linemen, Jeremiah predicts the Eagles will still get an elite talent at No. 25 overall pick — Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.

Jeremiah writes: 

“This would be the steal of the draft for the Eagles. Wilkins is a top-10 talent”

Wilkins, 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, finished with 40.5 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks, 15 pass deflections and two forced fumbles in four seasons. He was an All-American in 2018. Wilkins would indeed be a steal if he falls to the Eagles, as in any other draft class, he would likely be one of the first defensive linemen off the board. 

The Eagles’ need for a defensive tackle is an underrated one, despite the fact that they have one of the best in the league in Fletcher Cox. It is not a sure thing that Timmy Jernigan is back, as the team could release him to save $7 million in cap space. It is also very unlikely that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will be back next season, leaving the Eagles with potentially just Cox and a bunch of journeymen. 

Which is why if the Eagles do draft a defensive tackle in the first round, they need it to be one that can play right away — and Wilkins certainly fits that description. 

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