There are several good scenarios that could befall the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL draft. However, today I wanted to express what I consider to be the best scenario that would benefit the Eagles the most in 2012 and beyond.
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Now it's time to talk about what I want Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and the Eagles to do in this draft. In other words, the following is going to be about what I think they should do rather than what they will do.
Hopefully, what they should do and what they will do will coincide with each other...at least to some extent.
So, let's get down to business. I've talked a lot recently about the Eagles' needs as they head into the draft -- and there aren't many this time around.
As the team stands now, they have a starter set at every position with the exception of one, maybe two spots. The most blatant hole is at strong side linebacker. The other spot that isn't quite settled yet is at strong safety (though the likely starter will end up being Kurt Coleman or Jaiquawn Jarrett).
The rest of the team needs are depth, rotational players and role players. However, the Eagles probably see themselves as having no glaring holes (even at LB) and may therefore plan their draft strategy solely by either taking the best player available or by planning for the future.
Andy Reid has always been one to plan ahead when it comes to draft picks filling future starting spots. If they do, in fact, have this mindset, there could be a huge number of ways the Eagles could go in round one.
But I'm here to tell you what this team should do, despite what the big guy might think! No matter what Reid says about certain positions, we're not always "fine there" and he tends to be stubborn about some things.
For the purpose of this article, I'm only going to go from rounds one through four as they are the key rounds to find good players. It's all a crap shoot, but if you find a good player in rounds five through seven, consider yourself lucky (Trent Cole, Jason Kelce...Brian Rolle?).
Without further ado, here is my best case scenario for the Eagles in the 2012 draft...