ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay made several tweaks to his most recent mock draft now that all of the underclassmen have declared and the Senior Bowl has come and gone. But when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles, he is standing pat.
McShay has the Eagles selecting Florida cornerback Teez Tabor in the first round, as he did in his first mock back in December.
In Tabor, they would be getting a "6-foot, 201-pound powder keg of emotion and talent," as ESPN's Edward Aschoff described him, with a penchant for trash-talking and playmaking.
Formerly known as Jalen, Tabor posted eight interceptions (three of which he returned for touchdowns) and 28 passes defensed over three seasons at Florida. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2015 -- most in the conference and second-most in the NCAA -- en route to first-team All-SEC honors and tied Vernon Hargreaves, a first-round pick in '16, with four interceptions that season. He was suspended for the opener against UMass following an altercation at practice, and was suspended for one game in 2015 for violating University Athletic Association policy.
ESPN's Mel Kiper projected fellow Florida corner Quincy Wilson to the Eagles in his first mock draft. "I think Wilson may be a little bit more well-rounded. Tabor is a big-play guy, kind of like Marcus Peters, that type of player: tremendous ball skills, a nose for the ball, opportunistic. Wilson may be a little bit more complete," Kiper said during a conference call, adding that Wilson is a solid tackler.
The Eagles could be in the market for two new starting corners. They released Leodis McKelvin on Wednesday in a move that will give them $3.2 million in cap relief. The other starter from 2016, Nolan Carroll, is set to become a free agent. Cornerback play was an issue for most of the season. The Eagles defense yielded 57 pass plays of 20-plus yards (sixth-highest in the NFL), and Philadelphia was the most giving team in the league on deep balls down both the left and right sides of the field.
Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman pointed to the corner position in particular when emphasizing that the team needs to get away from the "Band-Aid" approach. They have largely gone the free-agent route for a number of years to fill the cornerback posts, with minimal success. With a quality crop of cornerbacks in this draft, the Eagles are expected to target the position come April.