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Mel Kiper, ESPN: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
There are two realities the Eagles must face in evaluating their future at quarterback. One is that Michael Vick, while an intriguing fit under Chip Kelly, isn't a long-term solution, even if we're optimistic. Two, there's no such thing as a useful free-agent market of starting quarterbacks in this league. If you have a great quarterback, or even a pretty good one, you're going to lock him up. In drafting Smith, the Eagles are in a good position to develop an athletic, talented thrower to succeed specifically in Kelly's offense, but without the requirement that he must start from day one. I don't like the idea of Smith as a Week 1 starter in 2013 -- but for a roster that's already in a good position to compete this season, he could be a great fit for the franchise in 2014, and most importantly, a great fit for the coach.
Todd McShay, ESPN: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Of all the teams in the top five overall, the Eagles did the best job in free agency and are most free to take the best available player for their schemes. The D-line isn't a pressing need, but Lotulelei is a top-five talent and would give the Eagles another solid 3-4 end and some flexibility in their new 3-4 hybrid scheme.
Stats and Info: The Eagles' offensive line allowed 120 sacks or tackles for loss last year, the most in the league. Fisher anchored a Central Michigan line that allowed 78 last season, or eight fewer than Alabama's well-publicized offensive line, albeit against lesser competition.
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Bruce Arians can prop up his offensive line all he wants, but that doesn't make his offensive line any good. Levi Brown's currently slated to start at left tackle and Joeckel would likely present an immediate upgrade. With the Aggies anchor slipping a few spots Arizona hops other contenders to make a play for him.
Bucky Brooks, NFL Network: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Chip Kelly understands the importance of protecting the passer, which is why drafting Joeckel makes complete sense in this scenario.
My pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
For the first time, I'm going to pick outside the four draft experts, although I am going to follow the lead of two and take an offensive tackle.
With Luke Joeckel off the board already, Fisher is the next best option and he's a definite game changer from Week 1.