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Philadelphia Eagles 7-round mock draft: Eagles add Kool-Aid McKinstry and Payton Wilson to an already strong defense

2T2BEEE FILE - Alabama defensive back Kool-Aid McKinstry (1) sets up for a play against Mississippi during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. McKinstry has been selected to The Associated Press midseason All-America team, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023.(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

• Kool-Aid McKinstry joins a solid Eagles CB room: The Alabama product started as a true freshman in a Nick Saban defense. At 6-foot-1, he has good size and length to match up on the outside against bigger receivers.

• Payton Wilson falls to the Eagles in Round 2: Injury history and age are the only things that may keep Wilson from hearing his name called on Day 1.

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As the 2024 NFL Draft nears, our seven-round team mock draft series continues with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Round 1, Pick 22: CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

How smart and talented is McKinstry? He started as a true freshman in a Nick Saban defense. At 6-foot-1, he has good size and length to match up on the outside against bigger receivers. He is very comfortable and experienced in press-man coverage and also has a good feel for spacing in zone. He has an uncanny knack for making plays on the ball despite being in trail technique and not having his eyes toward the pocket.

McKinstry’s best attribute is his demeanor. He never seems panicked — in any facet of play. He is a good athlete but not an elite one for the NFL level when it comes to stop-and-start ability. He is not as twitchy as he is smooth.

Round 2, Pick 50: WR Ja'Lynn Polk, Washington

Polk is a limited route runner, but he is also one of the best “go up and get it” contested catch receivers in this class (and that is really saying something). His knack for making big plays should always get him on an NFL roster in some capacity.

Round 2, Pick 53: LB Payton Wilson, NC State

Wilson has the length, movement ability, IQ and tape of a first-round linebacker. What will likely keep him from being drafted on Day 1 is his injury history and age. If healthy, he can be a starting inside linebacker in any defense.

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Round 4, Pick 120: G Trevor Keegan, Michigan

Keegan is smart and experienced, and he brings coordination, balance and explosiveness as an ideal guard in a man/gap scheme. He lacks true power and body density, which complicates his ceiling, but he does have starting-caliber traits.

Round 5, Pick 171: QB Joe Milton III, Tennessee

Milton is as physically gifted as they come at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds with good mobility and a cannon of an arm. He operated almost exclusively from the shotgun in Tennessee‘s wide formation vertical offense. His trump card is his arm talent. He is also useful in the power/RPO run game.

Milton has NFL-level tools but lacks the processing, instincts and accuracy to be considered a potential starter in his current state.

Round 5, Pick 172: EDGE Braiden McGregor, Michigan

The former four-star recruit McGregor has been on a slow rise since tearing his MCL, PCL and meniscus as a senior in high school. He missed his first season of action at Michigan to rehab but has worked his way back, ultimately earning a starting role last season. He has solid height, but his arm length is lacking. He also brings good explosiveness and some decent flexibility.

Round 6, Pick 210: RB Miyan Williams, Ohio State

Williams is a no-nonsense north-to-south back whose production typically originated behind zone-blocking concepts, where he could get a head of steam and move past the line. His athletic limitations, looming knee rehab and lack of consistency in the passing game make him a fringe prospect.

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