2017 Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Selections 13-16

13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams (Wide Receiver, Clemson)

Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald is nearing the end of his career leaving a major void at the wide receiver position for Arizona moving forward.  Michael Floyd nosedived last season on and off the field removing himself from the roster completely.  John Brown has great speed, but is not a legit redzone target due to his size.  Mike Williams from Clemson has the size and physical style which many NFL teams are looking for nowadays in the draft.  He can work down the field, across the middle, and already excels at fighting for the ball at the high point.  Williams suffered a season ending neck injury in 2015, but came back strong in 2016 helping Clemson win a national title.  He will need to work on his route tree which having Larry Fitzgerald as a mentor is a godsend.  A concern surrounding Williams is his speed and ability to separate from defenders at the next level.  He’ll need to prove he can use his physical frame to his advantage since he won’t be able to rely on speed alone.

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Reuben Foster (Linebacker, Alabama)

The obvious need for the Eagles defense is cornerback.  Luckily for Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas this draft is considered to be historically deep at the position.  If Foster is on the board when the Eagles pick at 14 I think they would be wise to select him regardless of the cornerback need.  Foster would pair with Jordan Hicks potentially setting the Eagles linebacker position in place for the next six to eight seasons.  The Alabama product is well-known for his ability to bring the hammer while also possessing playmaking ability.  NFL offenses are primarily being run from three wide receiver sets forcing the defense to play only two linebackers.  Foster and Hicks paired together would give the Eagles two linebackers who can cover along with sideline to sideline speed.  Issues with neck stingers plagued Foster during his time in Tuscaloosa which has the NFL medical community concerned stemming from his tackling technique.  He projects more as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense which would allow Hicks to stay in the middle.  Nigel Bradham is only under contract for one more season paving the way for Foster to start right away.

15. Indianapolis Colts – Marlon Humphrey (Cornerback, Alabama)

The Colts roster has always tipped the scales in favor of the offense compared to the defensive talent.  New general manager, Chris Ballard, has bolstered the defensive line this offseason signing Jabal Sheard and Jonathan Hankins to name a few.  Indy’s secondary still remains a question mark with Vontae Davis being the top corner on the roster.  Darius Butler was resigned during the offseason, but he projects more as a slot or dime corner.  Marlon Humphrey at first glance is exactly what an NFL team is looking for in a starting cornerback.  He stands at 6 foot nearly 200 pounds while carrying the athleticism to play in multiple coverages.  Humphrey will need to improve his overall coverage technique specifically his press man which will be vital at the next level.  From a physical skills standpoint he will have zero problems transitioning to the NFL.  The mental and playbook side of the game should be the focal points for Humphrey.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Christian McCaffrey (Running Back, Stanford)

This is not the prototypical Baltimore Ravens draft pick since Ozzie Newsome has been calling the shots.  However, the Ravens offense lacks playmakers from the running back as well as the wide receiver position.  McCaffrey is considered one of the more versatile players in this draft even impacting the game from a special teams returner standpoint.  He will not blow you away with his physical prowess as evidenced by his lack of bench press reps at the NFL combine.  McCaffrey does bring with him the ability to carry the ball 15 plus times or be utilized in a variety of roles in the passing game.  He would likely step into the kick and punt returner roles for Baltimore as well.  The Ravens backfield is a hodge podge of players including Danny Woodhead who was signed during free agency after tearing his ACL in Week 1 with San Diego.  McCaffrey has a similar skillset to Woodhead, but much more polished overall.  Second year back, Kenneth Dixon, has also been suspended the first four games of the season due to a PED violation.  There will certainly be opportunities for McCaffrey to see the field right away even potentially as a slot receiver at times.

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