Kiper Predicts Birds Take WR Mike Williams From Clemson

If things fall the way Mel Kiper Jr. is predicting, there will be some thunderous cheers along the Parkway in Philadelphia -- the site of the 2017 NFL Draft -- come late April.

In Kiper's latest mock draft, he has the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams with the 14th overall pick.

From the moment quarterback Carson Wentz was drafted, the priority became surrounding him with the necessary weapons to maximize his capabilities. In Williams, Wentz would get a 6-foot-3, 225-pound playmaker with whom he could be paired for years to come.

Williams overcame a fractured neck suffered in 2015 to capture first-team All-ACC honors with 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season, including an eight-catch, 94-yard performance in Clemson's national championship win over Alabama. Possessing good body control and the requisite size, he excels at winning 50/50 balls and can come in particularly handy in the red zone.

The Eagles are more than eager to upgrade the receiver position this spring and it would be no surprise if they used the draft to do so. Free agency is up first, however, which could impact their outlook. If they sign multiple receivers or land a top-end wideout such as Alshon Jeffery, would they be as eager to draft a receiver high? In a best-player-available approach the current state of the roster shouldn't matter, but it often guides teams' decision-making to a degree.

And there are sure to be some quality options when the Eagles get on the clock (they'll be picking either 14 or 15, depending on the outcome of a coin flip at the scouting combine later this month). In Kiper's mock draft, Washington cornerback Sidney Jones, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook and Alabama tight end O.J. Howard will all be there for the taking. Same for fellow wide receiver Corey Davis, the 2016 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year who finished his career at Western Michigan as the NCAA's all-time leader in receiving yards (5,278). Todd McShay currently has Davis going fifth overall to the Tennessee Titans.

The Eagles should have several standout players to choose from, but drafting Williams would likely provide the biggest jolt for the local crowd, as Philadelphia fans are hungry for a difference-maker to be placed alongside their young QB.