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Mel Kiper, Todd McShay Release Latest NFL Mock Drafts

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Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers defensive lineman Michael Brockers does footwork drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; LSU Tigers defensive lineman Michael Brockers does footwork drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have both released their latest mock drafts and their thinking on the Eagles' first round pick is pretty much in line. Both have the Eagles taking a DT, but they've got different names.

Todd McShay - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Kuechly would be the pick if he were available, but the Eagles like drafting linemen early and Poe is the kind if unique, dynamic talent that makes it worth passing on bigger needs. With backups Trevor Laws and Derek Landri set to become free agents, Poe and his impressive physical skills and versatility would make sense in a rotation with Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins.

Mel Kiper - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

No team was softer up the middle than Philly in 2011, and in Brockers the Eagles get a big, active player who can both take up blocks and penetrate. He weighed in at 322 pounds at the NFL combine, heavier than I've ever had him listed, but I don't see him as a prototype 3-4 nose tackle. My guess is he'll play a little lighter once he gets into camp, and the Eagles will benefit, particularly against the run. This is like a baseball team - they need to build out the middle of the field on defense. If Kuechly is here, that makes sense as well.