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2019 NFL mock draft: Philadelphia Eagles select Nasir Adderley

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The first safety is off the board.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are just a year removed from a Super Bowl title, but they suffered from Super Bowl hangover syndrom last year. A 9-7 record was enough to get them into the playoffs and a nail-biting Wild Card win got them into the second round, but they clearly didn’t have the same spark they did in 2017.

So in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, commenter JJ2672 is tasked with the duty to get them back on the right track. With the 25th pick in the POD Community Mock, JJ2672 has selected Delaware safety Nasir Adderley. Here’s the explanation for the pick:

“As I started researching the Eagles’ needs for the draft, I found Philadelphia had fairly good talent everywhere. They did a fairly good job of re-signing and getting good talent and filled out their roster well with free agents. They attacked free agency well and brought in good talent.

The Eagles’ plan continues into this draft season as they will try to draft “Best Player Available” and groom him to take over a starting role next year and replace an aging contract that will expire. They can do this with the offensive and defensive line for an example. Also, some pundits were really liking Josh Jacobs at this pick until the Eagles traded for Jordan Howard.

So far in this draft the top defensive tackles and offensive tackles were taken.

So, the “best player available” theory converges on a positional need at safety and the Eagles take Nasir Adderley. He is a do-it-all safety and projects as a true difference maker on the back end of a defense in the NFL. Most pundits agree that he is the best safety prospect in this draft and gives the Eagles another building block in their secondary.

Some analysts were projecting Chauncey Gardner-Johnson at this spot. That was only because in those drafts Adderley was already taken.

The Eagles have two decent safeties already in Andrew Sendejo and Malcolm Jenkins. But this was a theme in all their positional groupings, they already had decent starters. Now, the Eagles get to groom a play-making rookie as a third safety and nickel CB positions this year, and he can take over a starting role next year.”

Catch up on all of the picks with our Community Mock Draft Tracker

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