2017 Eagles Focus Mock Draft: Selections 29-32

29. Green Bay Packers – Budda Baker (Safety, Washington)

The Packers lost Micah Hyde during free agency to the Bills leaving a void in the reserve secondary role Dom Capers like utilize.  Budda Baker is an undersized safety, but he’s a playmaker.  His competitive fire is second to none in this draft class, and regardless of the position he plays he’ll let you know he’s on the field in some fashion.  He can make plays from the safety position while also dropping down into the slot at times to cover shiftier receivers.  The Green Bay corners were ravaged with injuries last season forcing numerous reserves into action.  Baker is another playmaker that can be added to the back end of that defense along with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Evan Engram (Tight End, Ole Miss)

Pittsburgh was waiting on Ladarius Green the majority of the 2016 season to become fully healthy and boost the offense as planned.  That wishful thinking never quite turned into reality for the Steelers.  Green has suffered multiple concussions during his career as well as nagging ankle injuries which have never allowed him to develop into a full-time starter.  Evan Engram at the end of the first round would be a welcomed addition for Big Ben and company.  Engram is not your prototypical blocking tight end instead bringing an athletic mindset to the position common in today’s NFL.  He is another weapon which Todd Haley can implement into the Steelers explosive passing attack especially with the potential return of Martavis Bryant from suspension.

31. Atlanta Falcons – Forrest Lamp (Guard, Western Kentucky)

Lamp was a four year starter at left tackle for the Hilltoppers, but is projected to slide inside to guard early in his NFL career.  This is a perfect addition to Atlanta’s underrated offensive line who has a hole to fill at right guard.  The defending NFC champs are stable to say the least at the other four offensive line spots.  Lamp is able to hold up against interior pass rushers while also possessing the athleticism to fit stretch running schemes.  He shined against the Alabama pass rush in 2016 which obviously was one of the best in the nation.  Lamp has position versatility which always stands out to GM’s and coaches.

32. New Orleans Saints – Tre’Davious White (Cornerback, LSU)

The first round is capped off by the Saints who were rumored to possibly be trading this pick back to the Patriots for Malcolm Butler.  It sounds like those trade talks have cooled in recent weeks, and the Saints will wind up making their second selection in the first round.  I mocked Christian McCaffrey earlier in the first round to New Orleans which still leaves massive holes to fill for one of the league’s worst defenses.  Tre’Davious White is a supremely athletic corner from LSU who won’t have to travel far to suit up for his rookie season.  The Saints need help at all levels of their defense, and White will be a nice start towards upgrading the secondary.  He needs to become a more physical player in run support to hold up as an every down corner.  However, his ability to play man coverage right away will result in increased snaps.  New Orleans has also lacked big plays in the return game since the departure of Darren Sproles.  White will be able to step in and contribute right away in this particular aspect.


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