2012 NFL Draft: 5 Second-Round Studs the Eagles Should Draft
The first round for the Philadelphia Eagles seems simple: take inside linebacker Luke Kuechly out of Boston College.
One pick doesn't make a good draft, though, as the Eagles will have to cash in on its second-round pick.
Some of the picks in the second round have first-round talent, but slipped to round two because of the depth of quality in one round.
Unlike the first round, the Eagles have a lot of options and could go in several different directions.
Here are five players Philadelphia should definitely take a gander at.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The Eagles don't need a hole on the offensive side of the ball, but one thing they do need is a big possession/red-zone receiver.
Two options via free agency were Vincent Jackson and Randy Moss, but both have recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
The Eagles do have options to fill that void in the draft, however, and No. 1 in that category for the second round is Mohamed Sanu out of Rutgers.
Sanu caught 115 passes last season, a ridiculous number for college, and had six games in 2011 where he caught 10 or more passes.
Sanu isn't the biggest of targets, standing at 6'2'', but he showed in college that he can consistently get open and move the chains—something current Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have not show the ability to do.
Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
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While inside linebacker is the priority in the first round, outside linebacker could be something to take a look at in the second.
The Eagles don't necessarily have glaring issues at outside linebacker, but there is nothing wrong with adding depth.
Enter Sean Spence from Miami.
Spence is a bit undersized, but makes up for it with instincts and the willingness to stick his nose in the pile and make tackles.
Spence didn't allow his size to prevent him from having six games where he recorded 10 or more tackles for the Hurricanes.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
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If you're the Eagles, Michael Vick isn't getting any younger and has played a full 16-game schedule only once, so a young backup quarterback would not be a bad option to look for.
Vince Young is obviously not the answer and Mike Kafka is...well...Mike Kafka.
Brock Osweiler out of Arizona State could be a good option for the Eagles in the second round.
Osweiler needs some polish, but if Vick stays healthy, he won't have to play immediately. Unlike Vick, Osweiler is a big guy who can see over the line.
Last season for the Sun Devils, Osweiler threw for more than 4,000 yards, 26 touchdowns and completed 63 percent of his passes.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
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Another area where the Eagles struggled on offense was punching the ball into the end zone in short-yardage situations.
LeSean McCoy had a career year in 2011 and does a lot of things for the Eagles, but punching it in from one yard out is not necessarily his strength.
The Eagles could have the solution right in their backyard with Bernard Pierce from Temple.
Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards and 27 touchdowns. Out of his 27 touchdowns, 13 of them came from within five yards of the goal line.
Pierce gives Philadelphia depth and a guy who punches in it from short yardage, potentially solving the team's red-zone problems.
Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
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If the Eagles really want to go all out at inside linebacker, they could take both Kuechly and Vontaze Burfict in the second round.
Burfict is known for his antics on the field, but brings a swagger to a defense that desperately needs it.
If nothing else, Burfict could bring the Eagles depth.