To me and fellow Eagles fans alike, April 28 cannot come soon enough. All of the draft experts and pseudo experts see their projections either come true or go up in smoke. For the Eagles, who decided to pull a Rip Van Winkle so far this free agency period, it would not hurt to look ahead at the incoming draft collegiate draft class.
Owning two first-round picks at 21st and 28th respectively, the Eagles have an opportunity to pluck some quality talent that can hopefully contribute from the get-go.
Positions of need include a running back to complement and eventually take over for the weary Brian Westbrook, a wide receiver to give Donovan McNabb another target to go to, and a offensive tackle to make sure that McNabb does not get killed on his blind side.
Running backs are plentiful, but particularly a big, bruising back is of need in this situation. Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells would be the obvious choice that fits that mold; however, there is concern over whether or not he is tough enough to become the big back this team sorely needs.
Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno is a good alternative and with Tampa Bay's recent signing of Derrick Ward, Moreno's stock should fall far enough for him to be had at pick 21. He is a dynamic back that could present some matchup issues for opposing defenses when Westbrook is split out as a receiver.
At wide receiver, there are few prospects that could fall into the Eagles' range. North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks could be the perfect fit as the big, physical receiver that this team, and more importantly this current quarterback needs to function.
However, the prospect of a wide receiver being drafted in the first round under Andy Reid is doubtful. See Freddie Mitchell.
Last but certainly not least in Reid's book are offensive linemen. Reportedly, the Eagles scouts are high on Baylor tackle Jason Smith, but it would take trading upwards into the top 10 to get him. Recent history suggests this team is more inclined on trading down than trading the farm on a whim to move up the draft board.
A more concrete target would be Arizona tackle Eben Britton. Britton is more acclimated to the right tackle position, but the Eagles are desperate to fill the left tackle position. Look no further than the Winston Justice experiment against the Giants in 2007 to see the importance of a solid left tackle.
So with a little over a month and a half to go before the deciding day, mock drafts across the internet will change frequently. Stocks will rise and fall. For this franchise's sake, they better strike it rich when it really counts.