Shaking up the draft
Philadelphia traded Carson Wentz to the Colts because they like their backup quarterback Jalen Hurts. However, the rumor is that they might only like him as a backup and that they could definitely be in play for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Meanwhile, the Colts have addressed their QB problem and they are going to have to be very careful how they spend their first (and second) round pick. With only four picks in the top-100 over the next two years, they have severely limited their flexibility.
With the Eagles needing a quarterback and the Colts needing to fill one of their big needs in the draft, I did a mock draft using Dane Brugler’s top-100 as a guide and TDN’s mock draft machine as the tool. Here is what happened with the Eagles, Colts, and Titans in that draft.
Round 1, pick 6: Philadelphia Eagles select Trey Lance QB, North Dakota State
-This would be incredibly ironic and I think that they would prefer any of the other big-four quarterbacks in this draft, but the last time the Eagles drafted a North Dakota State QB they did have the best run in franchise history before it all collapsed so…who knows?
Round 1, pick 21: Indianapolis Colts select Azeez Ojulari EDGE, Georgia
-Personally, I have sworn off of taking Georgia players in the top-100 until a good one comes along, but the Colts can’t afford to be picky. They get Dane Brugler’s top EDGE in this class and 16th ranked player.
Round 1, pick 22: Tennessee Titans select Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa LB, Notre Dame
-LB is not the biggest issue for the Tennessee Titans, but I think they are going to go out and get an impact EDGE in free agency this year. With Jayon Brown likely leaving, David Long is penciled in to take over the starting job opposite Rashaan Evans.
However, Evans shouldn’t be a lock to start next year based on his 2020 tape and J.O.K. is an electric LB who can really play anywhere outside of the trenches on defense. He played the bulk of his 2020 snaps as an overhang defender playing outside the tackle or lined up in the slot, and he has the athleticism to make plays from anywhere on the field.
Imagine a front with Harold Landry, Jeffery Simmons, DaQuan Jones, J.J. Watt, and J.O.K. is roving around the second level making plays like a bigger version of Tyrann Mathieu or Devin White. I’m all in on that.