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NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Week 16 Brings Massive Trading

Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) attempts to sack Mississippi Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson (20) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 22, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Marlon Humphrey (26) intercepts the ball from Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds (11) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Marlon Humphrey (26) intercepts the ball from Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Josh Reynolds (11) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports /

54. . CB. Alabama. Marlon Humphrey (Vikings trade). 14. player

I’ll give you some background here with the flak that I received when this selection came through. George Stockburger, an editor here on the site, is an admirable Eagles fan. We’ve had our spirited discussions about Philly in the past, and I was rather surprised that he handed over the reins to the first-round decision in this draft. When Humphrey was still available on the board, I couldn’t wait to send this pick in. Surely, I imagined, he would rejoice that a much-needed secondary got elite help. But alas, I couldn’t have been more wrong. He, and the rest of the draft, laughed. John Ross was the “easy pick” according to the fellow GMs, and I had made the mistake of a lifetime.

One member thought Ross was leaps and bounds better, another noted their belief that Alabama’s defensive backs don’t translate well to the NFL. I have strong opinions that are directly opposed to both of those takes, but I’ll let Humphrey’s play do the talking when he hits the big stage. Ross is good, and yes, Philadelphia desperately needs to provide Carson Wentz with a sturdy receiving threat. At the end of the day, Humphrey’s the pick, criticism or not.