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Philadelphia Eagles NFL draft liveblog: Rounds 2 & 3



Mike: My soul is crushed Klausner-style. My favorite player in the entire draft, Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor. I am sad. The Bengals drafted Margus Hunt, athlete out of SMU. He should be interesting, depending where he plays in the lineup. He is a definite project.


Mike: This just in: I want Davone Bess' agent. Dude got a three-year extension playing well on a crappy team for 5 years. Good for him. David Amerson goes to the Skins. Good luck covering Desean Jackson with Amerson. Florida's Jon Bostic was a great pick for the Bears. He will likely replace Brian Urlacher in the middle. Bill Belichik and the Pats continue to just take raw talent and mold them with the selection of Southern Miss star linebacker, Jamie Collins.


Mike: Dan Klausner is officially on suicide watch. Jon Hankins, Ohio State defensive tackle and Dan's personal favorite, has been selected by the Giants. This has to be because of Alfred Morris, Bryce Brown and Lesean McCoy. Running just got real tough in the Meadowlands. The Cowboys took the extremely overrated Gavin Escobar, the tight end from San Diego State. So clearly, Jerry is still messing up. Now I must attend to Dan, who just referred to this draft as a "disaster."


Mike: Back to back inside linebackers! Kevin Minter is now a Cardinal and Kiko Alonso is now a Bill, as Buffalo continues to reach in this draft. Alonso will be an interesting player if the team stays 4-3, but if they kick it 3-4, he and Kelvin Sheppard would be an intriguing young pair. Minter makes a ton of sense for the Cards. He and Washington will make a great pair in the middle of Todd Bowles defense.


Mike: Dan Klausner favorite, FSU's Tank Carradine is now a 49er. He will likely be a rotational pass rusher. Menelik Watson went to the Raiders and will learn play football on Tony Sparono's offensive line. The Bucs added another cornerback in Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks. He is basically DRC 2.0 without speed. He is a good man corner but gives absolutely no effort in run support or even tackle attempts. That should be fun. Jamar Taylor, Jon Hankins, Phillip Thomas, and Jordan Poyer are all still on the board.


Mike: A lot sure happens in 11 minutes. Davone Bess has been traded from the Fins to the Browns to be their new slot wide receiver. Geno Smith to the Jets, Chargers traded up for Manti Teo, and Andre Smith has resigned with the Bengals. I am super glad Smith was drafted by the Jets, so that we did not have to deal with this for another round. Wayne Chrebet looked disheartened announcing the pick. In other news, Teo will be available via AIM for comments when he arrives in San Diego. I do not know if you noticed but there was a Jets fan that looked like he wanted to kill himself at the draft.

6:55 p.m.

Mike: And away we go. Jaguars took safety Jon Cyprien from FIU and the Titans traded up with the 49ers to get local kid and Tennessee wide receiver, Justin Hunter. But you do not care about that. With the 35th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. In what most fans will consider either a reach or luxury pick, Ertz brings mismatches. He will play a wide receiver/tight end hybrid role for the Eagles. Ertz could be the Jimmy Graham for the Eagles. You will see him on the outside and in the slot. While most fans will not find this ideal, we knew the Eagles wanted to add multiple tight ends.

The Eagles got their 2013 draft off to a solid start last night picking Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson with the #4 overall pick. Tonight they will continue their selections with rounds 2 and 3 where the Eagles will selected 3rd and 5th overall respectively.

Who will be those picks? That's a question we attempted to answer in our day 2 mock draft. Kaye & Klausner have the Eagles taking Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien in the second round and UConn LB Sio Moore in the 3rd.

Mel Kiper disagreed and had the Eagles taking West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the #3 overall pick in the 2nd. There's probably been more speculation about the Eagles taking Geno than any other player today, but that's more to do with his being the biggest name than any new information from the Eagles. They did hold a private workout with him in Morgantown as well as hosted him for a pre-draft visit in Philadelphia. So the Eagles have more than enough information to make a determination on whether to pick him or not.

Here are the top 10 best available players heading into round 2 from our pals at Mocking the Draft.

14. Tank Carradine | 6'4, 276 pounds | Defensive end | Florida State
18. Arthur Brown | 6'0, 241 pounds | Middle linebacker | Kansas State
19. Keenan Allen | 6'2, 206 pounds | Wide receiver | California *
20. Geno Smith | 6'2, 218 pounds | Quarterback | West Virginia
23. Jonathan Cyprien | 6'0, 210 pounds | Safety | Florida International
26. D.J. Swearinger | 6'0, 212 pounds | Safety | South Carolina
29. Johnathan Hankins | 6'2, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle | Ohio State
31. Jesse Williams | 6'3, 323 pounds | Defensive tackle | Alabama
33. Larry Warford | 6'3, 332 pounds | Guard | Kentucky
34. Zach Ertz | 6'5, 250 pounds | Tight end | Stanford *

For a full listing of the top available players, be sure to check out MTD.

As for positions to watch out for with the Eagles, QB is obviously the big one. Safety will be one to keep an eye on especially here in the 2nd with a guy like Cyprien still on the board. Finally, we've heard a lot today about tight ends and the possibility that the Eagles could look to that spot. One of the first inside nuggets we ever got in regards to Chip Kelly's philosophy is that he would look to "stockpile" tight ends. He's already signed TE/FB hybrid James Casey and he'll have options like Stanford's Zach Ertz and San Diego State's Gavin Escobar tonight.

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