Now that the debates about the Eagles draft have calmed down a little, it may be a good time to try to take an objective look at the value that the Eagles got in this draft.
In order to maintain objectivity, I won't try to answer the questions about whether the Eagles made value picks or reached on any players. I will be presenting the other options available to the Eagles, and everyone can draw their own conclusions in the comments section. Players will be presented in the order that they were drafted with a short listing of players of interest taken after that pick, but before the Eagles' next pick.
The Eagles selected 26 year-old offensive lineman Danny Watkins with the 23rd pick.
Fan favorite cornerback Jimmy Smith was still available when Philly picked, as was defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers, who was originally projected to go at the top of the draft, but fell due to injury concerns. Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Marvin Austin, and linebacker Akeem Ayers were also available to the Eagles.
Philly took safety Jaiquawn Jarret. Rodney Hudson, Brandon Harris, Martez Wilson, and Jurrel Casey were all still on the board when the Eagles made their selection.
The Eagles traded back in the third Round and selected cornerback Curtis Marsh
Had the Eagles stayed at their original spot, they would have only needed to move up one spot to take Mason Foster. They could have also stayed at that spot and selected Allen Bailey.
Linebacker Casey Matthews and kicker Alex Henery were picked within three spots of each other. Marcus Cannon, Taiwon Jones, Cortez Allen and Robert Sands came off the board after Henery was selected .
The Eagles drafted Dion Lewis with their first pick in the Fifth Round. Ahmad Black and Mark Legree were taken before Philly's second Fifth Round pick.
Offensive lineman Julian Vanervelde was the Eagles second selection of the Fifth Round, to the suprise of even Iowa fans. Quan Sturdivant, Pernell McPhee, Demarcus Love, Brandon Fusco, Tyrod Taylor, and Greg Jones were all available when the Eagles picked Vanervelde.
Philly took offensive lineman Jason Kelce and linebacker Brian Rolle with only kicker Matt Bosher taken between them. Other options in the Sixth Round included Andrew Jackson, Greg Romeus, and Jabara Williams.
Greg Lloyd and Stanley Havili were the Eagles final picks of the 2011 draft. The Eagles could also have selected Jeremy Beal, Joe Lefeged, Mark Herzlich, DeAndre McDaniel, Deunta Williams, and Noel Devine, along with any other UDFA.