We are less than 12 hours away from kickoff time for the 2010 NFL Draft and I have put together a mock draft of who I think the Eagles will select in the first through third rounds.
The way the layout is with the round and selection, prospect's position and name, and then I will also provide draft experts overall grade for that player.
Round One (24th overall selection): C Maurkice Pouncey, 8.2
I am actually really hoping the Eagles prove me wrong on this one and move up in the first round to draft a stud safety like Earl Thomas.
However there is a "money chart" in the NFL that tells me safeties are not positions worthy of first round money. Lines and skill positions are, mainly offensive skill positions.
So, I'm going with Pouncey.
Maurkice is one of very few players coming into the draft that is capable of playing all four positions on the offensive line. With all the question marks on the Eagles O-line, I find it hard they would pass on Pouncey if he is there at No. 24.
This 6'4, 304 pound monster is best suited to play the center or guard position, center being his natural position.
He has excellent size and quickness that NFL scouts look for in an interior lineman. He also displays fantastic awareness and can handle extremely difficult defensive line plays. Pouncey plays with good leverage and displays incredible body control and balance when getting out in front in the run game.
Round Two (37th/55th overall selections): S Nathaniel Allen, 7.8 and CB Kareem Jackson 7.9
In my draft, the Eagles decide not to move up and get a safety in the first round but rather (as you just read) draft a superior offensive lineman.
With their first of two picks in the second round the Eagles will select the best safety on the board and I think that will be Allen.
Nathaniel was an excellent safety for the Bulls. He has a nice combination of size and athleticism although he does tend to be inconsistent as an open field tackler.
He has good balance, foot agility, and quickness for his size and shows a good range in pursuit however he does need to be more consistent in the angles he takes when chasing down the ball carrier.
Allen has long arms which makes re-routing receivers relatively easy for him and is sound in both the man and zone coverages. He has the size, athleticism, and mental toughness to become a starting safety in his rookie season.
With new DB coach Dick Jauron leading the squad, all of Allens' downfalls could quickly be corrected.
With the second pick in the second round (55th overall), I have the Eagles taking a CB.
Is it possible for Devin McCourty to still be available?
Yes it's possible, but unlikely therefore I am going with CB Kareem Jackson out of Alabama.
Even though Nick Saban advised Jackson to return to school, he entered the draft and is a second round prospect.
He has totaled 159 career tackles (106 solo), eight of which were for a loss, added 34 defended passes, notched five INT's, two blocked kicks, one forced fumble and fumble recovery during his college career.
He is an experienced starter at CB playing in all but one out of 41 games.
He is good with his hands at the line of scrimmage and is considered a top tier ball hawk. However, scouts are questioning how well he will handle the NFL's pass interference rules.
Again, DB coach Dick Jauron can get that corrected in a hurry.
in 2009 Jackson started all nine games and proved to be a shut down corner as Alabama ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency. He had 27 tackles and an INT, which he returned 79 yards, and nine pass breakups. He ranks fifth in the SEC in passes defended (10) and tied for third in pass breakups.
He is a very intriguing prospect who with the right coach can be a star in the making.
Round Three (70th/87th overall selections): OLB Ricky Sapp, 7.3 and DE Greg Hardy 5.1
Sapp is a projected late second early third round prospect. He was a three-year starter at Clemson.
He is best suited for a 3-4 defense but could turn into a solid 4-3 player.
Since he is outweighed by 50-75 pounds as a lineman, Sapp could excel at the second level as a LB and become a dominating blitz machine—think of him as a young Demarcus Ware.
In his college career, Sapp has accumulated some nice numbers as a LB. With his 16 QB pressures, 17.5 sacks, and an astounding 38 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, Sapp will end up a legitimate LB in the NFL.
Again, this is a round where the Eagles have two selections in the upcoming draft, so with the second of two picks in the third round I believe the Eagles will select DE Greg Hardy.
Hardy is blessed with a nice combination of size, brute strength, and athleticism which results in him being compared to the prize free agent in 2010 Julius Peppers or Mario Williams.
As he entered his senior year of college, Hardy was among the top rated DE prospects coming into the 2010 draft however he continues to battle injuries which has drastically dropped his draft stock.
He didn't start a single game in 2008 due to an injury to his fifth metatarsal on his left foot, which he re-aggravated when he was involved in a car accident last spring. Before he was able to fully recover from that injury, he suffered a broken wrist which deemed him ineligible for the regular season.
He did return to face DT standout Russell Okung in the Cotton Bowl but struggled as he did not register a single tackle.
If Hardy can stay healthy he can be a very dominating force. He finished his junior season with 64 tackles, 18.5 of which were for a loss and also registered 10 sacks in only 10 games. Now, I'm not a math wizard but I'm pretty sure that would equate to a sack per game.
In 2009 he finished the season with only 16 tackles, 6.5 of which were for a loss, and five sacks through nine games and when he had an opportunity to show greatness at the East-West Shrine Game, Hardy only showed his pass rush abilities that scouts were expecting from him.
That is what could make him a perfect fit in Philly. The Eagles lack consistent pass rushers and that is exactly what he displayed at that game.
All of these selections are based on if the Eagles stay with their current picks not trading up or down. They are also based solely if said players are still available in the draft when the Eagles are on the clock.