Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft: Looking at CBS Sports' Recent Selections
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There are several mock drafts on CBS Sports, but there is some continuity on whom the Eagles will pick. CBS Sports has several writers doing mock drafts, and most of them have agreed on one of two players for the Eagles.
First, writers Rob Rang, Dane Brugler and Clark Judge all have the Eagles taking defensive tackle Michael Brockers from LSU.
Personally, I really hope the Eagles do not take Brockers.
While Brockers has tremendous upside, he left LSU after his redshirt sophomore season, so he is very young and raw. He only had two sacks in 2011 and while the scouts do project him to be able to rush the passer, his numbers did not show that.
Teams are looking at him anywhere from has high as No. 5 all the way down to late first round. He was only a one-year starter and while he shows a lot of potential, I would rather see the Eagles draft someone who is a bit more NFL ready.
The Eagles are building a team that is supposed to compete for a Super Bowl and I would like to see them take someone that can come in and start or at least contribute right away.
I do like Brockers and I think he could be an excellent defensive tackle in the NFL, but I think he is a couple years away from being a legitimate force in the league. Brockers is not a guy who will be a huge factor as a rookie, and for that reason, I hope the Eagles pass at 15.
Pete Prisco and Will Brinson have the Eagles going defensive tackle as well, taking Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State instead.
Cox was one of the players I projected at 15 myself, so I like him. He is more NFL ready than Brockers, and if the Eagles go defensive tackle, I think he will be there at pick 15.
Pat Kirwan has the Eagles taking Alabama safety Mark Barron, which is the pick I would most like to see.
Barron was a fantastic safety for the national champions and could develop into a Pro Bowl player and a leader of the defense. However, the Eagles drafted safety in the second round the last two years with Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett last year, so I doubt they take a safety in Round 1.
If I had to guess, I would say they take Fletcher Cox with the 15th pick, but I will be rooting for Barron.
Barron is a ball hawk and seems to always be around the ball and making big plays, kind of like a certain Eagles safety who just retired this week. Could Barron be the next coming of Brian Dawkins? I'm not sure, but I'd love to see him in Eagles green.
However, it won't happen. The Eagles just won't take a safety in the first round. So be prepared for a defensive tackle, with the dark horse pick being an offensive lineman. We all know how the Eagles love those offensive linemen in the first round.
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