The 2012 NFL draft is less than one month away, and most mock drafts have the Philadelphia Eagles picking a defensive lineman or a wide receiver in the first round, although there has also been speculation about the team taking a quarterback or cornerback. Andy Reid doesn’t stray too far from the norm in his drafts; in 11 first rounds, he’s picked an offensive or defensive linemen seven times.
The Eagles have the 15th overall pick in the draft, sandwiched between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets. Reid has never been hesitant to trade away his first round pick, doing so in both the 2007 and 2008 drafts. On two other occasions, he has traded up to draft a defensive player, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility for that to happen again.
The 2011 Eagles ultimately missed the postseason because of their problems at both the linebacker and safety positions, although the team addressed the linebacker issue with the trade for two-time Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans and the safety position is lacking in this year’s class. That’s why it is likely Reid will go defensive line, and I have six such players out of my top 10 who play either end or tackle.