Philadelphia Eagles-Only Seven Round Mock Draft

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1.) DB Byron Jones – UConn

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies cornerback Byron Jones (16) reacts after intercepting a pass intended for Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

No earth-shattering developments have taken place between when we released our first round mock draft and now. Because of that, there’s no sense in changing the Eagles opening round selection that was projected at the time. The Eagles haven’t been shy (relatively speaking) about their interest in Jones in the months leading up to the draft. They passed up Florida State’s pro day in order to watch Jones at Connecticut’s. What they say was arguably the draft’s most athletically gifted defensive back who also happens to possess a number of other qualities the organization values.

Jones, prior to a shoulder injury (one that has since been signed off on as fully recovered), was a team captain for the Huskies and a 12-game starter in both the two seasons prior to his injury. Jones has extensive experience at both safety and cornerback. Given the value the team places on versatility, this may make him a more valuable commodity to the Eagles than other teams. If one of the top receivers starts to tumble, there’s a real chance the team takes that route. I do not expect that to happen. Therefore, Jones to Philadelphia is the pick.