"With the ??th overall selection in the 2010 draft-the Philadelphia Eagles select ?? out of ??".
I know, that's a whole lot of question marks isn't it, thank you for sticking with me here. Unfortunately it perfectly tells the Eagles tale in the upcoming draft which is less than two weeks away.
There are question marks—and alot of them!
Allow me to elaborate a little further if I may:
If Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid has proved one thing in his tenure in Philly it's that nobody should expect they know what he is thinking on draft day. He has traded out of the first round in consecutive years (2007 and 2008), only to draft QB Kevin Kolb with their first pick in the 2008 draft (36th overall).
Now comes the fun part. In the nearing draft the Eagles have a total of 11 picks, seven in the first four rounds.
Is 2010 the year that Andy not only stays in the first round but moves up into the top 15 or even the top 10 to get a stud player at a position of need? I know I would be fine with the Eagles only having lets say eight or nine picks in this years draft if they were able to move up in the draft—who wouldn't right?
Take for instance the Washington Redskins who holds the fourth overall selection in the 2010 draft but only has a total of four draft picks in the upcoming draft, missing picks in each of the second, third, and sixth rounds.
Trade the Eagles first (24th overall) and also their second round pick (55th overall) to the skins, get their fourth round pick and draft Eric Berry out of Tennessee.
At the NFL combine Eric Berry ran a 4.47 in the 40, did 19 bench press reps (I believe they use 250 lbs for this drill), got a 43.0 in the vertical jump, and also 130.0 inches in the broad jump—so it's no wonder where the kid gets his nickname "superman."
All of this speculating rests solely on if Berry is even still available with the fourth pick.
It is believed that the Tampa Bay Buccanneers have their eye on Berry so if he's gone none of the above should even be considered.
Or should the Eagles not try for Berry and shoot to trade up into the top 15 to get Southern Cal product FS Taylor Mays?
Mays has a trio pack of skill at the safety position with his size, strength, and athleticism. He also has blazing speed and a quick burst making him available for multiple schemes in the NFL.
At the combine Mays had a 4.43 in the 40, 24 bench press reps, a 41.0 inches in the vertical, and 125.0 in the broad jump.
With all the good things Mays can do he does have a couple of weaknesses.
Instead of making a play on a pass he tends to go for the big hit, he is also at times inconsistent with his angles and technique but it is his great athleticism allows to recover most of the time.
The Eagles have other needs than just the safety position.
With the departure of CB Sheldon Brown, the Eagles could use another corner, they need to draft a strongside and possibly a weakside linebacker although Omar Gaither did just sign a one-year deal and they also have Akeem Jordan.
Other positions of need could include a defensive end even though they did trade for DE Darryl Tapp, a guard with the release of Shawn Andrews and lastly the Eagles could look to also draft a center in the mid rounds since Jamaal Jackson might not be returning until mid season in 2010.
The Eagles did resign Nick Cole and as of right now he looks like he will be the starter for at least half of the 2010 season but the center position might be an area the Eagles look with one of their fourth round picks.
In all, I think the LB position is the most needed and there are some true studs coming into the draft like Alabama's Rolonda McClain, Florida's Brandon Spikes, Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon, and Penn State's Navorro Bowman.
I can't, however, see Andy Reid taking a linebacker in the first so I believe they will go with a young stud at safety like Southern Cal product Taylor Mays—and move up in the draft to get him!
Newly acquired defensive backs coach Dick Jauron would have a field day coaching this young man and may push coach Reid to move up!