Whom will the Eagles take in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft?
We likely won’t know for sure until late Thursday night, but there seems to be a consensus that the Eagles will address their defense with the No. 25 pick (if they don’t trade up or out of the first round).
Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah, who will assume the lead spot on the NFL Network’s coverage of the draft now that Mike Mayock is with the Oakland Raiders, thinks the Eagles will select Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell (which is pronounced CLEE-lihn, by the way).
But both ESPN’s resident draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and NBC Sports’ Peter King think the Eagles will be thinking about their offense, and will draft Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown. Here’s what my colleague Paul Domowitch wrote about Brown:
Eagles beat writers Domowitch, Zach Berman, and Les Bowen all think the Eagles will select Clemson defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence with tonight’s No. 25 pick. Jeff McLane is the odd man out, but he’s also sticking with defense, predicting the Birds will take Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, despite his ACL injury.
Last year, Berman correctly predicted that the Eagles would trade out of the first round. And in 2017, Berman nailed the Eagles’ selection of Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett with the No. 14 pick. Barnett went on to recover Tom Brady’s fumble late in Super Bowl LII, essentially sealing the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title.
Here is a round-up of the players national media pundits think the Eagles could end up selecting in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:
Mel Kiper, ESPN: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Todd McShay, ESPN: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Peter King, NBC: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Charlie Casserly, NFL.com: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
John Clayton, Washington Post: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Danny Kelly, The Ringer: Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma
Cris Collinsworth, Pro Football Focus: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma