A survey of online mock drafts a month ago was kind of a warm-up exercise.
NFL teams hadn't begun signing free agents, or testing talent at the annual combines.
So no way those predictions were worth more than getting the ball rolling.
Now the NFL draft is just a month away - it starts April 26 - which means ... well ... the picture is still murky.
After all, even on draft day itself, projecting picks is iffy.
Anybody have QB Kevin Kolb on their radar for the Eagles last year?
Still, students of the game want to know the names, if not play amateur GM.
So here's an updated roundup of projected picks for the Eagles at No. 19.
(And even one at No. 17, after a projected trade.)
FOUR NEW NAMES
Cornerback Mike Jenkins, South Florida. 5-10, 197 pounds. Even though Eagles signed Asante Samuel, "Lito Sheppard will probably be traded, which means they still need help at cornerback," says nfldraftcountdown.com (March 17). Many mocks, however, have him gone by No. 12.
Safety Kenny Phillips, Miami.
6-2, 210 pounds. Eagles "need to shop for Brian Dawkins' eventual replacement," says
, which (updated March 23). "Best safety on the board," says
(March 24), who projects the Eagles trading for Minnesota's No. 17 pick to get Phillips. "Phenomenal athlete," said
(March 1). Also picked by Clark Judge at
(March 13) and two of eight guys at
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, California. 5-9, 169 pounds. Since he also returns kicks, he's "instant offense on two levels," says Fox Sports (March 24). "Athletic playmaker," says thefootballexpert.com (March 23). "Home run ability," says sportsnutz.com. (March 17). Has "explosiveness," says footballsfuture.com (March 17). Note: Before the combine, he was listed as 5-11.
Offensive tackle Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh.
6-6, 340 pounds. "Best blocker I've ever coached," Dave Wannstedt, who coached the Bears and Dolphins, is quoted as saying by
(March 25). "Much-needed injection of youth at one of the game's most vital positions," says
Defensive end Calais Campbell, Miami. 6-8, 280 pounds. "Massive player, and he is quick and skilled at sacking the quarterback," says draftking.com (March 4).
NO LONGER ON THE RADAR
Five players mentioned in last month's
no longer made anybody's list.
Three defensive ends,
Vernon Gholston of Ohio State,
Derrick Harvey of Florida
Philip Merling of Clemson,
are likely to be gone before the Eagles pick.
Offensive tackle Chris Williams, Vanderbilt.
6-6, 320 pounds. Might still be available, according to some boards.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham, Michigan.
6-0, 178 pounds. His stock dropped.
Fred Davis of USC, considered the top prospect at the position, barely cracked the first round with only one of USA Today's eight draftniks.