2010 NFL Draft: Five Players the Philadelphia Eagles Must Target
The Eagles have some major holes to fill on both sides of the ball this year. Over the past decade, the Eagles have made some great picks, and some not-so-great picks.
The good picks have included Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard, Stewart Bradley, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, and others.
The bad picks: Freddie Mitchell. Need I say more?
So here is my list of the guys I would have at the top of my draft board.
5. Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
Now before you bash me and bring up DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, hear me out. The Eagles largest wide receiver is Jason Avant. Avant is 6'1". Brandon LaFell is 6'3". While the Eagles have some great speed receivers, they don't have a real red zone target other than Brent Celek. With LaFell, the Eagles will have two good-sized targets to throw to inside the 20 yard-line.
4. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon
The Eagles need a big physical runner. Blount is just that. Even with Leonard Weaver, the Eagles need help in short-yardage situations. That touchdown run against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl shows you just why he is the perfect guy for third and short.
His reputation may be a turn off, but this is the team that signed Michael Vick
3. Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
The Eagles biggest concern this year is linebacker. I love Brandon Spikes. He's a tough, big, hard-hitting, mean linebacker. He's the kind of guy all of Philadelphia would love. He finds a way to make a tackle. And another good thing: he'll be available in the second or even third round. The Eagles do not value the linebacker position. It is unlikely that they will use their first pick on one. If this guy falls to the second, there is no way the Birds can ignore him. Draft him.
2. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
The Eagles need a left-side defensive end. Guys like Juqua Parker, Victor Abiamiri, and Chris Clemons just aren't cutting it anymore.
Trent Cole just recorded a 12.5 sack season, highlighted by a trip to the Pro Bowl. Cole had that many sacks while facing a double team nearly every snap. If the Eagles get a real threat on the left side, Cole's numbers will shoot up. And that is why the Eagles will likely target Carlos Dunlap in the first round.
Also, Andy Reid loves drafting lineman, both defensive and offensive.
1. Taylor Mays, S, USC
The safety position is something I'm pretty fired up about.
Before last season, the Eagles organization let Eagles legend and future Hall-of-Famer Brian Dawkins go. And who do we get at safety? Macho Harris, a converted cornerback! That is unacceptable.
At 6'3", 235 pounds, and equipped with 4.4 speed, Mays is an athletic specimen. This is a guy who will hunt you down and and mess you up. He runs like a wide receiver and hits like a linebacker.
He is exactly what Philadelphia Eagles fans need.
Last year, the Eagles free safeties were awful. Eagles fans watched as their safeties constantly missed tackles and blew coverages while Brian Dawkins tore it up in Denver.
Bring in Mays and let him go to work.
Dear Eagles, make this happen.