eaglesfan0075 Posted December 28, 2020 Share Posted December 28, 2020 Now that the Eagles have clinched a top 10 pick, we can focus on how to best re-build this team. In this scenario, I have the Eagles keeping Wentz because of his large contract not yielding much in trade value. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson do stick around, but Jeff Lurie forces them to give up some responsibility and pushes for outside voices after a losing season: (Going with the same GM and coaches from my last revised mock. No major changes here, so skip past this part if you already saw my last mock) Andy Weidl promoted to GM and Howie gets a new title with a pay bonus but less responsibility (back to the basement) - Weidl was already "in charge of setting up the draft board" this past year per reports, but Howie reportedly made the final calls and supposedly overruled Weidl + the scouts if he wanted someone else than who they reportedly recommended (Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson, Jalen Hurts over Jeremy Chinn, etc...) Let's see how good our scouts really are with Weidl truly running the show now, and maybe we already have our legit traditional GM on the team? Jim Hostler (Washington Football Team WR Coach) hired as OC - Hostler was the Ravens WR coach from 2008-2013, overlapping with Weidl's time in Baltimore. He has a lot of positional coaching experience in the NFL (13 years WR coach, 2 years TE coach, 3 years QB coach) and some coordinator experience as well (49ers OC in 2007, Packers passing game coordinator in 2018) on top of college football coaching experience as an OC, RBs coach, WR coach, and even LB coach. He's a Western PA native, so there may be some appeal to come back to his home state as an offensive coordinator. Teryl Austin (Steelers Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary Coach) hired as DC as Jim Schwartz's contract is not renewed - Austin was the Ravens secondary coach from 2011-2013 and has 5 years experience as a coordinator with the Lions and Bengals running the 4-3. He did very well his first year with the Lions, with the team ranking 1st in rushing yards allowed, 2nd in yards per game allowed, 3rd in points allowed, and 13th in pass yards allowed. His 2nd year was average and 3rd year was below average with the Lions. After a terrible 3 game stretch with the Bengals with 500+ yards given, his stint in Cincinnati was cut short to 1 season. Now he's rehabbing his image with the Steelers and could be looking to jump on a DC job. He's also a Western PA native, so he may very well be happy staying in Pittsburgh, but still worth reaching out to and gauging interest. Trades: Zach Ertz to the Packers for 2021 4th round pick - Unfortunately I don't think we can squeeze a 2nd/3rd round pick out of Ertz at this time, maybe if he was moved at the trade deadline we could have, but we settle for a 4th rounder here. Malik Jackson to the Seahawks for 2021 7th round pick - Simply a salary dump trade here, lucky to get a 7th in return. Draft: Round 1: Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama - The Eagles haven't drafted a CB in the first round since 2002 and it clearly shows in the front office's desperate attempts to fill the void with other team's veteran players. Very seldom did that strategy work out for this team, but now Darius Slay has some help on the other side. Surtain has great bloodlines as his father was a 3x Pro Bowl CB himself in the NFL for the Dolphins. Round 2: Asante Samuel Jr. CB Florida State - Speaking of the Eagles 2002 draft and players with great bloodlines, here we double-dip at the cornerback position and draft the son of Asante Samuel, who was the last CB the Eagles paid big money to in free agency and actually lived up to his contract. Samuel Jr. has shown better tackling ability than his father in college but also possesses the playmaking ability that made Asante Samuel a household name. He's a bit on the shorter side for an outside CB at 5'10, but has played mostly on the outside at Florida State. In the short-term he would be an upgrade over our current nickel CB situation while Slay and Surtain man the outside spots, while in the long term he projects to the CB2 spot opposite Surtain. Round 3: Paris Ford S Pittsburgh - Ford is an interchangeable FS/SS prospect, which is what the Eagles like in their safeties. Continuing with the 2002 draft theme, the Eagles come away with 2 new starting CBs and a starting safety with their first three picks to rebuild this secondary. Ford showed skill in both run support as well as in coverage. Jalen Mills could move to third safety or CB if K'Von Wallace also emerges as a starter in year 2. Round 4 (GB): Nico Collins WR Michigan - The Eagles invested three draft picks in 2020 on adding speed to the WR position in Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins. All three return in 2021 to push for playing time along with Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward who also return. DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey, and JJAW are shown the door, and there is now an opening at the XWR position. Fulgham gets the first crack at it given his success there before, but Collins has the size at 6'4 and 222 lbs to be used in red-zone packages right away as a rookie. Round 5: (DAL) Zamir White RB Georgia - White has a short stocky build at 5'11 and 215 lbs to be the complementary power back to Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Round 6: Joshua Kaindoh DE Florida State - Kaindoh has great size at 6'7 and 265 lbs to play at 4-3 DE, but is still a raw developmental prospect. An ankle injury ended his season early but he should be back in time to contribute to the DE rotation. Round 7: James Empey C BYU - The Eagles have some young developmental prospects at OT in Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Jack Driscoll, and Prince Tega-Wanogho, not to mention swing tackle Matt Pryor (who should really stick to backup RG). What they don't have is a young developmental prospect at C behind Jason Kelce (unless the plan is to move Isaac Seumalo to center, which would create a hole at guard). Empey has decent size at 6'4 and 300 lbs and blocked for one of the top QB prospects in the country in Zach Wilson. Round 7 (SEA): Josh Pederson TE UL Monroe - I noticed Pederson popped up on another Eagles mock here on the EMB and have to agree with the selection here. If this team is going to draft players who are the sons of former NFL players, they'll probably also draft the son of their current head coach as well. Fortunately, Josh Pederson has some upside as a receiving TE prospect and can compete for the TE2 spot as a rookie. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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