This mock is being conducted with the expectation that the CBA problems will not be sorted out prior to the draft. That being said, the Eagles' needs at offensive line, cornerback and linebacker are being considered priorities. Strong safety is also being considered a position of need due to the uncertain status of Quintin Mikell. Depth at running back and defensive end will also be addressed.
With the dwindling likelihood of Jimmy Smith being available at the 23rd pick, the Eagles trade their first round pick, 23rd overall, and a fifth round pick, 154th overall, to the Chargers for two second round picks, the 50th and 61st overall picks.
The draft begins after the jump
50. Chrsitian Ballard (DE) Iowa: can start if Brandon Graham is not ready to go at the start of the season. Could challenge Graham for the starting position or provide great depth to the end rotation, which should allow Trent Cole to remain fresh through the end of the season.
53. Ras-I Dowling (CB) Virginia: Dowling can start or provide depth to our older CBs, should the Eagles sign Nnamdi Asomugha after the CBA is sorted.
61.Stefan Wisniewski (C) Penn State: will challenge or replace Jamal Jackson at center. Drafting Wisniewski allows the Eagles to move Mike McGlynn to RG. Should the Eagles sign a starting RG during free agency, the depth and quality of the interior line will be greatly improved.
85. Mason Foster (OLB) Washington: provides production and consistency at a position, in which the Eagles struggled last season.
104. Ahmad Black (SS) Florida: will most likely challenge Kurt Coleman for the starting role at SS with the loser providing depth at safety.
120. Demarcus Love (OT) Arkansas: Could challenge Winston Justice for the starting spot at RT, but will most likely provide depth at OT.
149. Casey Matthews (ILB) Oregeon: Will provide depth in the middle and possibly challenge for the starting role.
229. Markus White (DE) Florida State: Possible sleeper at DE.
237. Anthony Allen (RB) Georgia Tech: could serve as a power-rushing change of pace back to spell LeSean McCoy and take over in short-yardage situations.
240. Jabara Williams (OLB) Stephen F. Austin: will most likely compete for a spot on special teams. Could be a player to groom for the future.