Brian Westbrook's Successor Must Be Found in Draft

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMarch 31, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Running back Knowshon Moreno #24 of the University of Georgia warms up against the Michigan State Spartans at the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

There's no question that Brian Westbrook is the Philadelphia Eagles' biggest weapon.

However, there isn't much left in the tank for Westbrook—or for the Eagles, for that matter.

Last season, Westbrook suffered a knee injury around Week Three and never really recovered. It was clear that he wasn't himself on the field; he missed some games and battled through the injury when he could.

Surgery was needed this offseason and that creates a huge need for the Birds, especially since they lost backup running back Correll Buckhalter to the Denver Broncos.

Who's going to be the backup back for the beloved Eagles?

Lorenzo Booker? I'd much rather have Reno Mahe, to tell you the truth.

It's evident that Booker isn't even worthy of backing up any of the Denver backs from last year. For lack of a better word, he blows.

Many people believe that this upcoming season is the team's last shot at a title run.  I, however, believe last season only provided the fans false hope and gave Joe Banner and Co. more ammo to keep Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb, but that's a different story.

McNabb wanted weapons, but he hasn't gotten them yet. No big-time receiver and no tight end. Nothing. 

Philly's key addition to the offense is a fullback.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the team's quarterback, and questions about whether or not the defense will still perform with heart and soul out of town because of the ignorance of the front office. 

Let's face it, Eagles fans: Our beloved Birds started the rebuilding process without announcing it yet.

I know it hurts to say, but this very well may be the last year we see Westbrook as a productive back. The wall is approaching rather quickly and so is the failing of his knee.

This year is the year to draft his successor. There are three backs that fit the bill for the Eagles and all will be first-round selections—get "Beanie" Wells out of your mind, because he isn't a back that Reid looks to.

Knowshon Moreno, LeSean McCoy, and Donald Brown are the three names that fit the system.

Moreno is the best back in the draft, and for the first time in at least two years the perceived best back will not be a top 10 pick. To grab Moreno, the Birds would have to move up, and they have the assets to do so.

Philadelphia has 12 draft picks in the upcoming draft and that includes two first rounders and five fifth rounders.

The smartest thing is to move up in the draft and select Moreno because he can help the team right away and that's what they need. An impact first-round pick is a need.

Look at DeSean Jackson last year as a second round pick; maybe that opened the eyes that an impact draft pick can go a long way.

Brown is going to be a very good back. He can run, catch, block, and do everything the Birds look at in their liking. He'll likely be there at 21.

McCoy is a question mark only because of his lack of wanting to block.  The Eagles like backs who can block and McCoy has always been thought of as one of those "I don't block, I run" kind of running backs. Maybe that's true, but he fits the bill as well.

For the sake of the team's present and future, make sure that Moreno, Brown, or McCoy is one of the two first round picks. 

It will pay off, that's for sure.