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NFL Draft 2010: Philadelphia Eagles Still Have a Needs at Linebacker, Cornerback

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 2: Defensive back Earl Thomas of Texas runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Dan PennwynCorrespondent IApril 20, 2010

Even though the Philadelphia Eagles added a fundamental piece to their defensive roster yesterday, acquiring 2006 top-10 pick LB Ernie Sims from the Detriot Lions, they could still take one in the draft.

It won't be in the first round, as I believe the Eagles are moving up to acquire one of three potential suitors at safety: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, or Taylor Mays, or a CB like Joe Haden, Kyle Wilson, or Devin McCourty.

I'm not sure which it will be, as both positions are desperately needed—one moreso than the other in my opinion.

I believe the Eagles will look to draft a linebacker with their latter second round pick or in the third round, where they might possibly land a player like Sean Lee or Navorro Bowman, both out of Penn State. TCU product Daryl Washington or Iowa's Pat Angerer could also be players the Eagles look at in the middle rounds of the draft.

I feel that safety is the most pressing need for the Eagles right now. They spent the 2009 season with a revolving door at that position and cannot afford to go into 2010 season with a remaining question mark at the safety spot.

The Eagles must find a way to finally replace Brian Dawkins, who left the Eagles last offseason, as neither Quintin Demps or Macho Harris played well enough to take the cake again this season.

They could get a good CB in the second round of this year's draft to compete with Ellis Hobbs. Macho Harris could also make a valid push to become the starting CB opposite of Asante Samuel. Remember, that was Harris' natural position during his tenure in college.

Hobbs seems to be the man to beat, however, and while he may not be as good as Asante Samuel, he is still a legitimate NFL corner.

Ellis was the Eagles' man on punt returns in 2009 until suffering a neck injury. Now with the departure of Sheldon Brown (traded to Cleveland), Hobbs looks engrave his name as a CB for the Eagles in 2010.

Behind Hobbs and Harris, there are backups like Joselio Hansen, Dimitri Patterson, and Geoff Pope on the roster, who all look to become more of a factor in 2010.

Hansen has become a true force in the nickel packages on defense, whereas the other two haven't really been a factor at all.

So yes, to say the Philadelphia Eagles need a CB in this year's draft is a misrepresentation of just how badly they need one—there is no question they need one, but it won't be in the first round.

With their first pick in the second round—now that's a real scenario.

Stay tuned Philadelphia faithful, the draft is just a mere 31 hours away and it is set up to be one of Philly's most historic drafts in franchise history!

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