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By Tucker Bagley, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

We are now just 10 days away from the open of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

With Draft Day rapidly approaching, here's our latest Mock Draft for the Eagles eight picks.

Round 1, Pick 14, (14): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

The Eagles struggled to post a 7-9 record last season behind an average defense and an anemic offense. Instead of boosting Jim Schwartz's unit, the Eagles need to surround Carson Wentz with elite talent, especially at the skill positions. With Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Jordan Matthews in the fold at wide receiver, adding McCaffrey would give Wentz a game-breaking talent who can line up all over the field. 

As the Brian Westbrook comparisons continue to pour in, it is becoming clear McCaffrey would be a tremendous fit in Doug Pederson's west coast offense. The Stanford product's true athleticism was called into question before the NFL Scouting Combine, but a good showing in Indianapolis has put those questions to bed.

Maybe McCaffrey isn't able to fully handle to workload of a full-time running back in the NFL, but his talent and athleticism is undeniable. If McCaffrey and Jeffery can play up to their potential, the Eagles will have given Wentz a pair of elite weapons.

Round 2, Pick 11, (43): Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC

The Birds' biggest need is still cornerback, but with such a deep class this year, they can still add a top talent with their second pick. Jackson was a playmaker during his time at USC and would be the Eagles top cornerback from day one. 

The former Trojan played on offense, defense and special teams during college, utilizing his elite athleticism to torture opposing teams. However, in 2016 he improved from being an average cornerback who was also a gadget player to a shutdown corner who was capable of taking over a game on any unit.

The big knock on Jackson is his size, standing just 5'10", but as Jalen Mills proved, the measurables don't matter much with Schwartz. However, Jackson could end up being picked on by teams who employ bigger wide receivers and force him to be a player in the run game.

Round 3, Pick 35, (99): Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

The Eagles traded back 25 picks in the third round in the Tim Jernigan trade.

Unlike Jackson, Douglas has great size and poor athleticism for a cornerback. Standing at 6'2", Douglas excels at press coverage and has a lot of experience matching up against bigger, more physical receivers. 

Adding both Jackson and Douglas would give the Eagles a pair of cornerbacks who have complementary skill sets. Douglas is raw and lacks the straight-line speed of Jackson, but both players have the toughness and swagger that Schwartz covets.

Round 4, Pick 12, (119): Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell

In the fourth round, the Eagles find themselves their right tackle of the future. Protecting Wentz has to be top priority for the Birds and adding a player who can develop into a starting-caliber tackle would be a a huge grab in the fourth round.

Davenport dominated at Bucknell against inferior competition and has the size/length of a top tier right tackle. With Jason Peters and Lane Johnson already ready to start in 2017, Davenport can refine his technique on the sideline while being the top tackle off the bench. 

Round 4, Pick 32, (139): Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois

The Eagles still need help with their edge rushers and Smoot will be one of the best prospects available on Day 3 of the draft.

A raw prospect who has the measurables of a top-flight pass rusher, but he is a raw player. He could contribute as a rotational pass rusher behind Brandon Graham and Chris Long while working on becoming a more complete player. While not having the ceiling of some of the top pass rushers in the draft, Smoot could be a productive player in the NFL for a long time.

Round 5, Pick 11, (155): Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

Things have been quiet on the Mychal Kendricks front for a while, but there is still a good chance he is moved during the draft or before training camp. Like Kendricks, Brown is an undersized, instinctive linebacker who flies to the ball and makes plays all over the field. 

With most of Brown's college experience coming as a MIKE linebacker, he could be a logical choice to back up Jordan Hicks while playing a limited role the the Eagles base defense early in his career.

Round 6, Pick 10, (194): Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

Wide receiver is no longer an immediate need, but the Eagles still lack depth on the outside. Malone is a big receiver at 6'3" and ran an impressive 4.40 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Malone was one of the nation's top recruits out of high school and started during all three seasons he played at Tennessee, although his production was rather underwhelming, never topping 1000 yards 60 catches in a single season.

While his route-running remains very raw, Malone is a special athlete. This is almost like a Bryce Brown selection. The Eagles can afford to gamble on Malone's upside and they won't be hurting if he doesn't pan out during the next couple years.

Round 7, Pick 12, (230): Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

Another late-round, small-school pick, Stewart represents nothing more than a potential depth piece in the middle of the Eagles' offensive line. With Jernigan now on the team, the trio of Jernigan, Fletcher Cox and Beau Allen represent a solid rotation at defensive tackle, but they could still use more depth.

Stewart is a solid run-stuffer, but like most small-school prospects, he remains very raw. Maybe a coach can unlock more potential, but for now, he is a big body who can take up space.


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