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2011 NFL Draft: Mayock Ranks The Top 5 Players At Each Position

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Whether the CBA gets done or not, the 2011 NFL Draft thankfully is going to happen. So if there's one thing we can discuss free of lockout/CBA disclaimers, it's the draft. So let's do it... NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock released his top 5 players per position over the weekend. If you want to see his full rankings, here they are, but I’m going to focus on the positions of need for the Eagles.

First is guard/center. There’s a half decent chance that the Eagles could have all of these guys fall to them within the first few rounds.

1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
2. Danny Watkins, Baylor
3. Clint Boling, Georgia
4. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
5. Rodney Hudson, Florida State

Next up is tackle, which is probably the position to focus on as an Eagles fan. While the Eagles greatest need is probably more RG than RT, Andy Reid is well known for drafting college OTs and playing them wherever he pleases. That philosophy is not uncommon, since generally at the college level a team will play its best lineman at tackle. It could very well be that several of these guys are better fits at guard.

1. Anthony Castanzo, Boston College
2. Nate Solder, Colorado
*3. Tyron Smith, Southern California
4. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
T-5. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
T-5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

Cornerback is arguably the Eagles biggest need for next year. My hope is that the need is filled through free agency with a guy like Nnamdi Asomugha… but a top draft pick wouldn’t be too bad. Other than the top two, the Eagles should have a shot at some of these guys in their range.

*1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara
*3. Aaron Williams, Texas
4. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
*5. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)

I’ll also include outside linebacker because it is a need, but it remains to be seen whether the Eagles agree or would even be open to taking a LB from the top 5. Typically, the Eagles don’t draft LBs high.

1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
*2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
*3. Justin Houston, Georgia
4. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
5. Chris Carter, Fresno State