5 Players That Michael Vick Would Love to See the Philadelphia Eagles Draft
Every quarterback, somewhere deep in the back of their mind, has a wish list for the NFL draft, a list of players they would like to see their team select to make his life a little bit easier. Whether it's a elite receiver, an athletic pass-catching tight end or a left tackle that can protect his blind side, each quarterback has a few names of prospects he would like to join the offense this season.
Michael Vick probably doesn't get into the draft too much. He is busy resting from the beating he took this offseason and training for next season. But if he did, I would imagine he would be looking at jump-ball type receivers, athletic tight ends to team up with Celek and a speedy running back to make plays all over the field similar to a Darren Sproles.
Here's 10 guys that Vick would get excited about if he hears their name called during the Eagles pick during the 2012 NFL draft.
1. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The injury of Jason Peters last week was a big one for the Eagles. They lost the best left tackle in all of football.
Right now, it is unclear what the Eagles will do at left tackle. They could move Evan Mathis or Todd Herremans to left tackle. They could also insert King Dunlap, who was just re-signed, to left tackle, where he has some experience. They could also go with a free agent like Marcus McNeil or draft a tackle for the long-term if the team believes Peters won't fully recover from his ruptured Achilles tendon.
Should the Eagles go that route, Riley Reiff would be the best option. He has good size at 6'6", 315 pounds and is very athletic for the position, which fits in great with Howard Mudd's blocking scheme. His short arms may force him to play right tackle at the next level.
Todd Herremans did start at left tackle in the season finale against the Washington Redskins, which was actually one of his best starts of the season.
If the Eagles training staff believes Peters can fully recover from this injury, then this move would make zero sense. It's very likely that Peters won't be the same player. Left tackle might be the toughest position to come back from an injury like this and come back at 100 percent. The position is too demanding for a player to play at a high level when he isn't at 100 percent.
Michael Vick would welcome the Eagles drafting an offensive tackle with Pro Bowl potential that would fit in so well with the blocking scheme. Actually, a quarterback would welcome any capable pass protector for a such a fragile player like Vick.
2. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Michael Vick would love Justin Blackmon being added to his receiver core, even with DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin already here. Blackmon is by far the most complete receiver in the draft.
Blackmon is dangerous on every single kind of route from a wide receiver screen to crossing routes down the middle of the field to just a simple deep vertical route. He gets downgraded by some scouts for being shorter than most elite receivers at 6'1", but height is irrelevant when you can jump out of the building.
Blackmon is everything you want in a receiver. He is strong, has great jump-ball ability and has really strong hands. He is an immediate red-zone threat and a future top-10 wide receiver in this league.
If you asked Michael Vick what type of receiver he would want the Eagles to add to the team this year, he would probably describe a receiver very similar to Blackmon—a big, strong red-zone threat with great hands.
3. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Michael Floyd is another big receiver with good size and speed. Floyd is the most proven receiver in the draft. He was a big part of Notre Dame's offense during his entire time in South Bend. He finished his college career with 266 catches for 3,645 yards and 36 touchdowns. He never had fewer than 44 receptions in a season, never less than 700 yards and never less than seven touchdowns. He played at a very high level for a program that always has great expectations.
He has great size at 6'3", 220 pounds and proved he can be a deep threat as well with a 4.42 40 at the combine. He is one of the most polished receivers in the draft and would be a huge help to Michael Vick from day one.
4. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Mohamed Sanu is a different type of receiver than Floyd or Blackmon. He doesn't quite have the deep-threat speed that they do, which was evident with a 4.67 40 for Sanu at the combine. But he certainly isn't a slow receiver.
What he lacks in vertical speed he easily makes up for in agility. He had one of the fastest times in both the cone and shuttle drills at the combine. He is a crisp route runner and may be the most natural receiver in the draft.
Everything that comes Sanu's way, he catches. Quarterbacks love that. A player you can trust 10 times out of 10 on critical third downs and red-zone opportunities is key for any quarterback.
5. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
A trend that Tony Gonzalez started with the Kansas City Chiefs and players like Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham have kept going, football players with basketball backgrounds make great red-zone threats. Fade routes are a lot like rebounds for these athletes. You track the ball down in the air, position your body against your opponent to put yourself in better position and jump for the ball at its highest point before it starts to go down.
Brian Quick is the next great receiver in the NFL to come from a basketball background. Was a great high school basketball player who didn't play high school football until his senior year. He is still a bit raw, but that is just untapped potential more than it is a limitation for how good of a player he can be.
The Eagles desperately need to add a bigger receiver with elite jumping ability. Riley Cooper was supposed to be that player, but he displays terrible body positioning and lacks the natural instinct needed to fight for the ball in the air.