With the eighth pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select...
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The selection and write-up were made by Bizono:
With new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, the Eagles will be switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. While they do have adequate edge rushers in Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, both of them were outside line backers in Jim Davis' defense. The Eagles don't lack depth at defensive end, but Barwin and Graham are better suited at OLB and teams can never have enough quality pass rushers.
Joey Bosa may not be the top edge rusher in the draft (that nod goes to Buckner, who went 5th to Jacksonville), but he is the best natural 4-3 defensive end, the best run-defending defensive lineman, and the best player available. It is highly unlikely that Bosa slips this far in the draft, but if he does, the Eagles would be foolish not to add a player of his caliber.
Playing down line from Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox and under Schwartz' tutelage, Bosa would be an immediate impact player and the odds-on favorite to become the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Added bonus: as an Ohioan living in the Philadelphia metro area for the last 16-17 years, I'd absolutely love this pick for the Eagles, as it would mean that I get to watch one of my favorite Buckeyes play on Sunday's for the local team.
We're at a point where it makes sense for the Eagles to take the best player available, and I think Bosa's ceiling would be too high for them to pass up. As for whether the team can recover from whatever the hell Chip Kelly did to their roster a year ago, who knows.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneersare up next, led by Ezweav.
2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss||aszabo1|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Jared Goff||QB||California||Robo Dawg|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State||Crawford_T|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA||Manly and Loving It|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon||Bob Stalnaker|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida||pt_999|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.||apocrylle|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State||Bizono|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Ezweav|
|10||New York Giants||mrwhitman|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Rube Sports
|15||Los Angeles Rams||michael.hamper|
|16||Detroit Lions||Mean Ol' Pete|
|20||New York Jets||troy145|
|22||Houston Texans||Royce Groff|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Southern Cali Dog|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Matt Wood|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Ted Washington's Belly|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Suppa Bob|
|32||Cleveland Browns||Adam Rice|