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Eagles Mock Draft: ESPN's McShay makes his pick

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 08, 2019 - 8:22 am

The Eagles have one major, clear-cut need heading into the NFL Draft -- the defensive line. 

That clear need is why it isn't surprising that in his latest mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay has the Eagles selecting Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence at No. 25 overall. As one of the best defensive tackles in the draft, the Eagles taking Lawrence to pair with Fletcher Cox for years to come makes complete sense. 

What was noteworthy about the selection was McShay's explanation. 

McShay writes:

“It’s no secret that the Eagles want a cornerback, but this is some really, really good value. Put Lawrence next to Fletcher Cox and let those two plug the middle of a line that was in the bottom third in rush defense this season.”

The Eagles want a cornerback?

That is an odd statement, considering the depth the team has at the position in Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Cre'von LeBlanc, in addition to the possibility that Ronald Darby is back. It is possible that the Eagles, according to McShay, don't view any of those players as legitimate, No. 1 cornerbacks on the outside. That could lead them to take a cornerback in the first round, as in a passing league, having a strong set of cornerbacks is a must to win in the NFL. 

Still, when ranking the Eagles' needs, cornerback seems pretty low on the -- which is why the statement by McShay is certainly noteworthy and something to keep in mind going forward. 

Here is a scouting report on Lawrence, via The Draft Network:

Dexter Lawrence is an obvious fit as a true nose tackle in the NFL. His value as a run defender is tremendous and should lend itself very well to an immediate role in the NFL. That said, his ceiling will be capped by modest pass rushing skills. Look for Lawrence to be a fixture on passing downs and still generate a fair amount of rush production with his size/strength and ability to push the pocket and collapse as a bull rusher. Day one starter.

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