5 players Eagles should draft in the first round

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Eagles mock draft, David Ojabo
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3. David Ojabo

Aidan Hutchinson is the former Michigan edge rusher garnering the most draft buzz, but Ojabo is a top-tier prospect in his own right. He’s going to hear his name called in Round 1 and it’s easy to envision a scenario where the Eagles are the franchise that sends his name up to Roger Goodell.

Ojabo is a little undersized to be a classic edge but he’s got the length and burst off the perimeter that modern NFL defensive coordinators crave. The fact that he only started playing organized during his junior year of high school means he still has a large amount of untapped potential.

The presence of two really solid defensive tackles in Philadelphia gives them the flexibility to roll the dice on an undersized edge rusher. Ojabo might take some time to adjust to the rigors of the NFL, but his upside is almost as high as any other edge rusher in this class.

If the Eagles want to land Ojabo they should be prepared to use their highest first-round selection to acquire him. There’s a chance he won’t even fall all the way to No. 15 if another team falls in love with his athleticism. Philadelphia will face a nervous wait if they want to land Michigan’s “other” edge rusher.