Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Eagles began addressing their linebacker need by trading for DeMeco Ryans, so Barron makes sense in the back end. He is the most complete safety in the draft, offering a physical presence in run support and the range to play the point in coverage.
Actually, let me take that back. I do think I've seen Barron mocked to the Eagles before. Of course, that was in the second round. Suffice to say, I hate this pick. At 15, Barron is not great value at all. I don't really see the Eagles going safety high after investing two straight picks in the position the last two years. Nate Allen has already started to pay off and at the least Jaiquwan Jarrett needs to get a shot to play at some point.
But even if they did want to get a safety, this is just too high this year. I don't hate Barron, but I don't know that he should be a first round pick at all, let alone the 15th pick in the draft. What's worse, he's got Dre Kirkpatrick coming off the board 5 picks later, who I'd take to play safety before Barron.
[Note by JasonB, 03/29/12 5:09 PM EDT ] Missed that it was a 2 round mock. He's also got the Eagles taking DT Devon Still and LB Ronnell Lewis