Eagles Steal Cowboys' First-Round Target in Latest Kiper-Yates ESPN Mock Draft

ESPN's Field Yates has the Eagles addressing the trenches in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, which won't make the Cowboys happy.
Aug 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman
Aug 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to find an impact player in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Eagles have spent their last three first-round picks on the defensive line (Jordan Davis, Jalen Carter, and Nolan Smith) over the past two years, leading to the belief that Philly could go in a different direction at No. 22.

At No. 22 overall, the Eagles could take a pass rusher to help bolster their defensive line, which saw Haason Reddick get traded to the New York Jets. Philadelphia could go after an offensive lineman – a Howie Roseman special as the organization loves to build in the trenches. 

However, there’s also a chance that the Eagles draft a cornerback as Darius Slay and James Bradberry are 33 and 30 years old, respectively. That said, whatever the Eagles decide to do in the first round; it will set the tone for what they do the rest of the draft.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Field Yates unveiled their latest NFL mock draft (subscription required), which looked at the first three rounds of the 2024 draft. Yates had the task of picking for Philly and decided to take a player, who has been mocked to the Dallas Cowboys multiple times over the last few weeks.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles Address the Offensive Line in the First Round

Yates has the Eagles taking former Georgia offensive lineman Amarius Mims with the No. 22 overall pick. Offensive line isn’t a major need for Philadelphia as they still have Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson.

However, Johnson is 34 years old, which plays a major role in why Yates likes Philadelphia to take another Georgia Bulldog.

"“Lane Johnson will be turning 34, so Philly might be motivated to add depth at the position -- something it did in advance of Jason Kelce's retirement, too. Mims has just 803 career snaps under his belt but exhibits all-world physical tools, and learning from legendary line coach Jeff Stoutland would be great for him.”"

To make things more interesting, the Eagles are favored to take an offensive lineman with their first pick (+150 on FanDuel Sportsbook). If Philly takes Mims, he wouldn’t start immediately and could become their swing tackle option for next season.

The 6-foot-7 offensive tackle has a ton of upside to becoming a good NFL offensive lineman, but the key will for Mims is his durability. The former Bulldog missed six games this past season due to multiple ankle injuries and has only made eight career starts.

The Cowboys could use Mims more with Tyron Smith leaving in free agency. However, if the Eagles went this route, they would be playing the long game with the hopes of Mims developing under Jeff Stoutland.

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