The draft buzz is about to pick up. The scouting combine is set for next week in Indianapolis, where prospects can help or hurt their chances depending on how they perform during the workouts and the interview process. With more data gathered, projections are likely to change quite a bit after the fact. Let's take a look at where some of the analysts have the players slotted now, and we'll revisit after the combine to see how stocks were affected:
Mel Kiper Jr. has the Philadelphia Eagles taking Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams in his latest mock, while Todd McShay goes with Florida cornerback Teez Tabor. Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News has the Eagles taking receiver Corey Davis out of Western Michigan.
Philadelphia took Carson Wentz in last year's first-round -- now the Sam Bradford trade can help it get his true No. 1 receiver in 2017. Davis has good size [6-3, 212 pounds] and speed, but what stands out is his precise route-running, which is critical for Doug Pederson's offense.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports is one of several other analysts who likes Davis for the Eagles as well.
Despite plenty of draft picks invested in the position, the Eagles lack a go-to target in the passing game to aid the development of Carson Wentz. Starring in the MAC rather than a Power 5 conference, Davis does not earn the attention he deserves but he's a polished route-runner with an ideal combination of size [6-3, 212] with 4.4 speed.
Wide receiver makes a ton of sense here, but with Williams and Davis already off the board, the Eagles look to beef up a secondary that had some issues on what turned out to be a very good defensive group. Nolan Carroll's future in Philly remains up in the air and Jalen Mills graded out as the Eagles' worst defensive player in '16, according to PFF.
The guys at Walter Football see it playing out in a similar way.
The Eagles are kicking themselves that they've missed out on Dalvin Cook and Corey Davis, who were taken in consecutive picks prior to this one. Either one, as well as Mike Williams, would offer a much-needed massive upgrade to Philadelphia's offense. It wouldn't surprise me if the Eagles opted to move up for either Cook or Williams. This, however, is not a bad consolation prize, as the Eagles get to take a talented cornerback prospect. As mentioned in the Arizona write-up, teams have spoken very highly of Sidney Jones, and it seems as though he'll be the third cornerback chosen off the board after Marshon Lattimore and Marlon Humphrey. Adoree Jackson is still in play, too.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com recently released his second mock draft, and has the Eagles going with Florida State running back Cook.
One of the best ways to take pressure off of a young quarterback is to find a strong running back who can shoulder the load. Cook is that guy.
Over at Fox Sports, Dieter Kurtenbach goes with Clemson's Williams.
The Eagles need a cornerback and they need wide receivers. This is the best wide receiver in the class. They can snag a strong CB later.