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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - APRIL 27: (L-R) Jalen Carter celebrates with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected ninth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles during the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station on April 27, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

If you ever listened to the show and the topic of Mock Drafts comes up, I always rip them and tell you to stop wasting your time. Want to read them the week or day of the draft? Go for it. I do too. But I never get excited over them because they NEVER go the way these analysts predict.  

0% chance any pundit thought the Texans would trade up to the 3rd overall pick after already drafting 2nd. It seemed like 97.5% of mock drafts had Jalen Carter going 5th overall to the Seahawks. The one that made me laugh the most was the climb of Will Levis in everyone’s mock draft for him only to sit there waiting and waiting and waiting to only find out he would not be drafted on day one.  

Mock drafts are a joke ESPECIALLY “version 1.0” which comes out in January before the playoffs are even over. Here are the final mock drafts from some of the top draft analysts. 

 Let’s see just how close they came to getting the Eagles’ picks right:

  • Mel Kiper

    Mel Kiper must have been listening to the show the other day when we did a mock draft with Kevin Negandhi because the Eagles came away with Bijan Robinson and Calijah Kancey. We had fun on the show. We aren’t paid to break down drafts. Kiper had Jalen Carter going 5th overall to the Seahawks and Nolan Smith 14th to the Patriots.

  • Todd McShay:

    McShay batted .500 for the Eagles, kind of. His final mock draft had the Eagles drafting Nolan Smith… but with the 10th overall pick. The Eagles did land Smith, but not until pick 30 where he had the Eagles taking cornerback Brian Branch. Like everyone else, he had Jalen Carter going 5th overall to the Seahawks. 
  • Pete Prisco:

    This one really confused me. Not that I would have hated it, but I didn’t think Tyree Wilson would fall to 10. That is where Prisco had Wilson going. He also had the Eagles taking Branch, the same corner that McShay had the Eagles drafting. The moral of the story, he was wrong with both, like most mock drafts. Shocker, he had Carter going to Seattle. Nolan Smith was drafted by the Packers in his mock.
  • Pro Football Focus

    I spend more energy ripping PFF than I do ripping Mock Drafts. Stop wasting your time with this website that you have to pay for to get bad content. They had the Eagles selecting Devon Witherspoon and Adetomiwa Adebawore. Excuse me for a second, HAHAHAHAHAHA, sorry, I don’t like PFF. PFF had Jalen Carter go 5th to Seattle and Smith to Baltimore. 

  • Ryan Wilson (Covers the NFL Draft for CBS)

    We have another .500 hitter! But just like McShay, Wilson had Nolan Smith drafted by the Eagles 10th overall. Give Wilson credit, he had Jalen Carter go 9th overall to the Chicago Bears. If he fell to 10, the Eagles would have taken him. With the 30th pick, Wilson had the Eagles taking Branch like McShay and Prisco. 
  • New York Post

    Like Pro Football Focus, The New York Post had a group of people put together their mock draft. Spoiler alert, they were wrong. They had the Eagles taking Peter Skoronski with the 10th overall pick and then Calijah Kancey at 30. Jalen Carter went to the Seahawks in their mock and Nolan Smith went to the Texans with the 12th overall pick (shocker, they didn’t expect them to trade up to the 3rd pick after drafting second overall).
  • Brendan Donahue - Sharp Football Analysis

    Full disclosure, I have no idea who this guy is, but maybe we should get to know him. For the sanctity of this article, I want to show someone love. Donahue graded out as the best final mock draft out there. He had the Eagles taking both Carter and Smith, his only mistake here was Carter fell to 10. Good for you Brendan! 

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