Even with many moves yet to come before the actual draft, I decided to revisit the possible prospects the Eagles could find themselves selecting with the 24th pick of the draft. I found the easiest way to do this, was to conduct a mock draft and see who was left over. My results below:
1. St. Louis: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma: St. Louis has a lot of holes, but they need to start with a franchise QB above all else.
2. Detroit: Russell Okung, OT, OK St: If you just drafted a franchise QB, guaranteed him 42 million dollars and then watched him get injured in his rookie season, ya might want to do something to protect him.
3. Tampa: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: Tampa has left no doubt that if he's there, he's theirs. He's theirs.
4: Washington: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa: Shanahan is all about his zone blocking, and this man is the best fit for it.
5: Kansas City: Eric Berry, S, Tennesse: High for a safety, unless that safety is likely to be the next Polamalu, Reed, Dawkins hybrid.
6: Seattle: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson: They need a LT. They will choose another offensive weapon.
7: Cleveland: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: DB seems to make more sense, but McCoy is way to talented to go any lower. Goodbye Kenyon Coleman.
8: Oakland: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: Why? Because Al Davis is a real life looney tune.
9: Buffalo: Jimmy Clausen, QB, ND: Too high for any of the remaining LT's, go with a franchise QB, that will most likely fail.
10: Jacksonville: Derrick Morgan, DE, GT: Best DE. They need a DE. That's like the perfect equation.
11: Denver: Rolando McClain, ILB, Bama: They are all about their D in Denver. Might as well add the best ILB to continue that trend.
12: Miami: Earl Thomas, S, Texas: Got to add one more piece to that secondary. Yeremiah Bell is great at playing the run, lets get the coverage safety next.
13: San Francisco: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma: High for a RT? Not when he is this good.
14: Seattle: Dez Bryant, WR, OK State: They want toys for Whitehurst. It's play time.
15: New York Giants: Sean Witherspoon, OLB, Mizzou: No top safety help so they will upgrade the LB's. Fuck them for taking him.
16: San Fransisco: Joe Haden, CB, Florida: Not really a weak point for them, but age and injuries are starting to play a role back there.
17: Tennesse: Everson Griffen, DE, USC: Is he the next best DE? Only time will tell. But he's the guy they will choose to replace Vandenbosch.
18: Pittsburgh: Dan Williams, NT, Tennesse: It's who they want. It's who they get.
19: Atlanta: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan: The Jamaal Anderson pick was a mistake. Brandon Graham is not.
20: Houston: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St: Dunta Robinson left. Here's his replacement.
21: Cincy: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma: He's got to go somewhere. Might as well be to the Bengals.
22:New England: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas: New England finally figured out, their LB's can, in fact, not play forever. They start to get new ones.
23: Green Bay: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers: He dropped far huh? Drops no further than this.
24: Philadelphia: So who do we pick? Well here are some of the names being thrown around:
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida: I would think the most likely choice. He can play both Center and Guard, and with our current O Line woes, he could be plugged in immediately.
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho: Once again an immediate plug in for our O line. He could be the next Shawn Andrews, minus the bad back/rap aspirations.
Jason-Pierre-Paul, DE, USF: We signed Tapp I know, and Pierre-Paul is very raw, but if he developed, man what a weapon. Too high most likely for a boom or bust pick.
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers: Time to find our future at CB ala Vincent/Taylor-Sheppard/Brown? If so, it starts with this man.
Taylor Mays: Physical anomaly paired with probably the best DB coach in the league. Does that equal legend or bad lesson? Probably too high for yet another boom or bust pick.
So who else do you want or could we target?