Thirteen days from today, Roger Goodell will take to the podium at Radio City Music Hall and announce the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. It will be Andrew Luck, no doubt, but Luke Kuechly’s name will be called that same night; the only question remaining is when. There are plenty of mock drafters out there, and they’ve all got their own opinions.
As for the other Eagle entries, one (Donnie Fletcher) has looked all along like he will be drafted, another (Max Holloway) appears to be on the borderline, and the rest have yet to appear on any mocks. Will that change now in the fifth update?
10th-best player available on Scouts Inc. big board [down from 8th]
DraftCountdown.com: Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks [unch]
DraftTek: Round 1, Pick 10: Buffalo Bills [+7]
NFL.com (Chad Reuter): Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks [unch]
NFL.com (Charles Davis): Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks [-2]
NFL.com (Albert Breer): Round 1, Pick 11 — Kansas City Chiefs
NFL.com (Brian Baldinger): Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks
CBS Sports (Rob Rang): Round 1, Pick 15 — Philadelphia Eagles [-3]
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler): Round 1, Pick 19 — Chicago Bears [-4]
WalterFootball.com: Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks [+1]
DraftSite: Round 1, Pick 12 — Seattle Seahawks [unch]
NFL Draft Info: Round 1, Pick 13 — Arizona Cardinals [unch]
Your NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 15 — Philadelphia Eagles [unch]
The New NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 8 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers [+5]
By team: Seattle 6, Philadelphia 2, Buffalo 1, Tampa Bay 1, Kansas City 1, Arizona 1, Chicago 1
DraftTek.com Big Board Rankings
Luke Kuechly: 8
Donnie Fletcher: 140
Montel Harris: 301 [note: not in draft]
Luke Kuechly: Mid-1st round
Donnie Fletcher: Early to mid-5th round
All others: Undrafted
A plurality of the mock drafters still believe that Kuechly is on his way to Seattle, which became the case after Philadelphia made some moves to shore up their linebacking corps. There are still a few holdouts who have him going to the Eagles, but the majority now propose that he will not even make it to the 15th pick. Once more, Kuechly also has a top-ten vote with Tampa Bay at 8th, but his likely range appears to be the early 10s.
Donnie Fletcher has settled into the fifth round. One full mock draft still does not pick him, but they do take Montel Harris, so we’ll throw that one out. After some concerns regarding his status, it does now appear that we will see Fletcher selected on the third day.
For the second-consecutive update, Max Holloway does not appear on any full mocks. The best case scenario for him would seem to be going late in the 7th round, perhaps in the compensatory picks.
With no other Eagles being taken, we may have just two BC selections.