These are my final two mock draft scenarios I would love to see play out for the Eagles.
Sign in Free Agency:
Yeremiah Bell: 2 yrs 4.5 mill (2.25 mill/year), Old, but still productive. Would be an upgrade over any SS we have on our current roster at this time. He can be a stop gap for the time being until we figure out if Jarret has what it takes to play or we decide to move on and draft a safety next year in that loaded class. He played under Bowles in Miami.
Ryan Grant: 2 yrs 3 mill (1.5 mill/year), A great fit for what we are asking him to do. He is very good in pass protection and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He is a little bigger of a back and would be a nice combo with Lewis if Shady went down. He should cost any more than Brown did last year due to his age and the fact he is not a starter anymore.
Trade Asante Samuel for a 3rd round pick to the Titans
The Titans were close to pulling the trigger on this move earlier. Now with trade talks for Asante heating up again I think they go ahead and pull the trigger.
Trade our 4th round pick for a relatively early 5th this year and a 4th next year.
This kind of trade happens a lot in the later rounds where we can move back into the 5th and pick up a pick for next year. It may be a 5th next year instead of a 4th but considering next year's picks are usually valued as a pick a round below I will stick with the 4th for next year.
Round 1 Pick 15: Luke Kuechly- LB 6'3" 242lbs Boston College
He will be our starting SAM LB for his first couple years until Ryans leaves. He then can slide over to MIKE from that point on. He has been super productive and has great instincts. Kuechly is always around the ball, has outstanding intangibles, is a sure tackler, and he's extremely smart. He proved at the combine he is more athletic than people give him credit. At 6'3" and 242lbs he is big and strong enough to set the edge, and tall and athletic enough to cover the tight ends in the NFC. This is something we have been lacking since the departure of Carlos Emmons. He was elected as a team captain coming into his junior season. He may not be the most popular choice, but the more I think about it, he might be the best choice to help the team win this year.
Vs Miami 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZdule1wqBI
Round 2 Pick 46: Jerel Worthy- DT 6'2" 308 lbs Michigan State
He is a first round talent who is projected to drop due to inconsistency. He will be our DT of the future as Jenkins and Patterson are getting older. He would not have to start from day one, which would allow him to be a very nice rotational guy as he adapts to the NFL. He is big, strong, and explosive with the ability to be disruptive in the backfield. With Washburn coaching him up I think he gets the most out of his first round talent and we get a steal here.
Vs Ohio State 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HE6JeJgYvY&feature=related
Round 2 Pick 51: Lavonte David- LB 6'1" 233 lbs Nebraska
David will be an upgrade at WILL. Rolle played well last year and was our best LBer, but that's not saying much. David is bigger at 6'1" 233lbs, more athletic, and has great instincts. He rarely misses a tackle and can bring some pop at times. He is probably my favorite player in the draft. Lavonte David was named the Nebraska defensive team captain. He will be a great WILL in the NFL. With Kuechly in the first, this pick would turn this linebacking core from one of the worst in the NFC, to one of the best.
Vs Michigan 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CYjR4E2-kk&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Round 3 Pick 82: (Asante trade) Jayron Hosley- CB 5'10" 178 lbs Virginia Tech
Hosley is a nickel CB who can learn under Joselio Hanson for the first year. Hanson is getting older and this is his last year under contract. Hosley is extremely athletic and has the skills to succeed in the slot, as he is very quick and has good ball skills. I think this is better value than taking Boykin in the second. Hosley, like Boykin, also has return skills. (However if you read the ESPN guys new mock drafts, (not that I like them) they have Boykin falling out of the second round. If he falls to us here he would be a great get in the third)
Vs Clemson 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF3F6vWANVM
Round 3 Pick 88: Chase Minnifield- CB 5'11" 183 lbs Virginia
He was an early second round prospect that drops due to knee concerns. He will be a solid CB for the outside and gives us backup insurance in case DRC either walks at the end of the year or is a big disappointment. He has good length, as he is almost 5'11". He also has very good physicality. He can come up and support the run and he is a high character player. He could be a starter down the line.
Vs Georiga Tech 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzm_OgyiuEw
Round 5 Pick first half of round 5 like 143 to carolina: Ryan Broyles- WR 5'10" 192 lbs Oklahoma
If Broyles returns to form, he will be a crazy steal as a slot receiver. Broyles can learn under Jason Avant and eventually be his replacement. He was unbelievably productive at OU. He is an instinctive zone beater with playmaking quickness, run-after-catch skills, competitiveness and toughness. He doesn't have the great size, but he won't need it in the slot. Broyles was voted a team captain as well. (PUP/IR candidate)
Vs Texas 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm1V_qAh_VE
Round 5 Pick 153: David Molk- OC 6'1" 298 lbs Michigan
Molk would be our backup center who fits our system perfectly. David Molk is another one of my favorite value picks in this draft. If he falls to us in the fifth we are getting a steal. He was the Rimington Award winner last year as the best center in college football. He is a very smart, strong, and quite athletic center. He has great technique as well. The reason he falls is because he is undersized for the NFL. That benefits us because size doesn't matter as much in our system. He was also a team captain for Michigan last year.
Vs Perdue 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niq6C-2cqQU&feature=related
Round 6 Pick 172: Tom Compton- OT 6'5" 314 lbs South Dakota
Compton will be a backup OT who will be a great project player for Mudd. He has great size and is well build in his base. He is said to be able to squat a small house. He is a good run blocker who played LT in college. He is said to have good athleticism, and ran a 5.11 40 at the combine. He needs to clean up his technique from my understanding, but that's what Howard Mudd is for. I could see him as a potential starter with time, or at least a very good backup. He could go in the fifth, but I think he falls because he is a small school prospect who needs work. Compton was also a two time team captain.
Round 6 Pick 194: Joe Looney- OG 6'3" 309 lbs Wake Forest
Looney will be a backup OG who will also be a nice project for Mudd. He has good athletic ability and initial quickness, especially for his size. He is said to be a functional puller able to eliminate linebackers at the second level. He has strong hands and good upper body strength. He needs work on his technique, as well as learn to keep his pad level down. I've seen him go as high as the third, but most people see him as a late round pick. I think he could be an eventual replacement for Mathis and good spot starter/backup.
Round 6 Pick 200: Jeff Fuller- WR 6'4" 223 lbs. Texas A & M
Fuller could have been a second round pick last year. He ended up coming back and being plagued with injury. He had a hamstring problem all year, along with a bad ankle that never seemed to heal. He also got a mild concussion and a twisted up knee. Even without all of those problems his year was going to get harder because he was going to be the focus of the other teams defense. When you add up all those injuries you could tell he was just not the same player, which lead him to have a really down year. Then to add to his bad luck year, he broke his foot at the end of the year and could not work out for the combine. Even for an extremely down year he had 70 receptions for 828 yards and 6 TD's. He has great size and could be a great position/red zone receiver. I've heard he is off team's draft boards all together because they think he has a poor attitude and doesn't have a passion for the game. I know those teams are very wrong. He was just extremely disappointed and frustrated about the entire situation, which came off as a poor attitude. I think he would be a steal in the sixth round.
Vs LSU in 2011 Cotton Bowl (2010 season) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXJ4FcW8Nug
Team Depth Chart:
Offense: 24 (+2 on IR)
FB: Stanley Havili
C: Jason Kelce, David Molk
LT: Demetress Bell, Tom Compton
WLB: Lavonte David, Brain Rolle
SLB: Luke Kuechly, Jamar Chaney
RCB: Nnamdi Asomugha, Joselio Hanson, Jayron Hosley
SS: Yeremiah Bell, Kurt Coleman
Special Teams: 3
P: Chas Henry
K: Alex Henery
LS: Jon Dorenbos
If Luke Kuechly, Fletcher Cox, or Quinton Coples don't fall to us at 15 (which easily might not happen), I have another, more realistic scenario I have been thinking about. I won't go into as much detail on each player for this one. I believe we should trade out of the first round, and try and pick up a top first round pick for the 2013 draft. With that pick we can take a Franchise QB, and it still leaves us with a 1st and 2nd round pick to fill any other needs (possibly safety and LB still for next year). We can still come away with a serious group of players that can help our team win this year as well.
1. Trade our 1st round pick (15) and our 4th (114) and our 6th (194) round pick to the Colts for their 2nd round pick (34) this year and their 1st round pick next year (hopefully/probably top ten).
This is a trade that could easily work. This is a team who needs players and by adding 3 picks for their two accomplishes that. Also they get a chance to move up and possibly get a franchise WR in Floyd who they can pair with Luck for the future of that team.
2. Trade Asante Samuel for a 4th (115) round pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013 to the Titans
This might be a more realistic trade as they were hesitate to pull the trigger for a 3rd rounder, a 4th rounder is much more reasonable with a kicker of a conditional pick depending on performance.
Sign in FA the same: Bell and Grant
34) Jerel Worthy- DT
46) Lavonte David- WILL
51) Bobby Wagner- SAM
88) Chase Minnifield- CB-outside
115) Dwight Bentley- CB- Nickel
153) Ryan Broyles- Slot WR
172) Tom Compton- OT
200) Joe Looney- OG
Also remember we walk away with a probable 2013 top ten 1st round draft pick, and a conditional for Asante (probable 5th round).
In either one of these drafts we significantly improve our linebacking core. We get a first round talent DT to groom for the aging DT's we have now. We replace Asante with a younger more physical cornerback. We get a nickel back to groom for the probable departure of Hanson after the season. We also get a slot receiver to groom for the ageing Jason Avant. Lastly we get some offensive line projects for Mudd to work with who have the potential to be starters down the line. Overall I think either one of these drafts significantly improves our roster to dare I say Superbowl quality. Also if you go with the second more realistic option we set ourselves up nicely to draft a franchise QB next year as Vick is getting older. We still have a young core group of offensive weapons and we need to be ready to have a guy be able to step in and take over for Michael Vick when the time comes.
Let me know what you think. If they are reasonable trades and picks, and if you think it is the best direction for this team to go in.