2017 Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Selections 17-21

17. Washington Redskins – Jabrill Peppers (Safety, Michigan)

Peppers is accurately defined as the Swiss Army Knife of this draft class.  He’s likely projected as a safety in the NFL, however different teams might have a differing perspective on the best role for Peppers.  Michigan moved him all around on defense including a primary role in the return game which he could take on in the NFL as well.  The Skins drafted Su’a Cravens from USC last year and used him in a similar hybrid role in their 3-4 defense.  New defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky, will have to decide if he wants to bring Peppers down in the box or keep him on the back end with Cravens at safety.  Peppers doesn’t have the production in terms of stats which most first round picks do mainly stemming from his various defensive assignments while at Ann Arbor.  He’s expected to benefit at the next level with a more clearly defined role he can hone in on.  Peppers will need to separate himself in terms of how his skillset fits better towards a given position.

18. Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis (Wide Receiver, Western Michigan)

This will be the second first round pick for the Titans after selecting Marshon Lattimore earlier.  Jason McCourty was recently released by the club further clearing the way for Lattimore to step in as a starter.  Tennessee plays power football on offense with two of the more physical backs in the league, Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry.  The Titans offense is still lacking game changing wide receivers on the outside although Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe are nice players.  Corey Davis from Western Michigan was possibly going to be the first wide receiver selected in this draft before his ankle injury limiting his workouts.  The small conference concern surrounds Davis despite his dominant reign while at Western Michigan.  He uses his size to win the 50-50 balls while also showing improved route running skills in 2016.  Davis will need to correct the drop issues he had while at Western Michigan as well as becoming more of a vertical threat.

19. Tampa Bay Bucs – Dalvin Cook (Running Back, Florida State)

Cook has been a rumored target for the Eagles in the first round during the past couple of months leading up to the draft.  He is considered in that top tier along with Fournette and McCaffrey who are expected to both go within the top 20 picks.  Cook’s resume speaks for itself during his time in Tallahassee where he was the primary back for the Noles offense.  His speed and elusiveness rank as his top traits along with the ability to hit the homerun play as evidenced by his tape from college.  As is the case with many rookie running backs coming into the league there are question marks surrounding Cook’s ability to hold up in pass protection.  That will certainly dictate the number of snaps and overall effectiveness early on in his career.  Tampa added Desean Jackson to compliment Mike Evans during free agency.  The future of Doug Martin is in question after his suspension for drugs in 2016.  Cook will be able to step in and provide a stable ground game for Jameis Winston as well as Dirk Koetter.

20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk (Tackle, Wisconsin)

The Broncos have one of the more suspect offensive lines in the league, and unfortunately this draft class is potentially one of the weakest of all time across the front line.  John Elway was able to stabilize the right guard position during free agency by bringing in former Dallas guard, Ronald Leary.  Mike McCoy is back as the offensive coordinator for the Broncos also creating a shift away from the stretch running game implemented by former coach Gary Kubiak.  The tackle position boasts starters Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson not exactly two All-Pros.  Wisconsin has a solid history of producing offensive linemen see the recent history of Joe Thomas, Kevin Zeitler, and Travis Frederick to name a few.  Ryan Ramczyk is an athletic tackle who has the ability to excel in both the run and pass game.  Ramczyk played against plenty of NFL talent during his time in Madison while also working in an NFL offensive scheme.  Learning the playbook will not be an issue for the rookie tackle.  There are medical concerns surrounding Ramczyk which is never good for such a young prospect.  He had surgery on a torn labrum on his hip which forced him to miss the Combine along with his Pro Day at Wisconsin.  According to the Denver Post, Ramczyk made a pre-draft visit to the Broncos this past Monday.

21. Detroit Lions – Jarrad Davis (Linebacker, Florida)

The Lions surprisingly had a strong season last year with bleak projections heading into the 2016 campaign.  The defense played opportunistic football and relied on several late game comebacks led by Matt Stafford.  Linebacker is a position where Detroit needs to get strong on defense especially since Deandre Levy was not able to overcome lingering hip issues.  Paul Worrilow was signed from Atlanta during free agency, but he’s merely a stop gap.  Jarrad Davis is a linebacker from Florida that has the type of athletic ability it takes to play linebacker for three downs in today’s NFL.  He has able to cover in space while also bringing a physical presence to the game when he makes tackles.  Teams have also praised Davis for his character on and off the field, always a critical topic nowadays.  A downside to Davis are the angle he takes and pursuit routes to make tackles.  This will need to improve at the next level, however he has an opportunity to compete for a starting job on the outside as a rookie.


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