With the uncertainty of the CBA, it is becoming more likely that the draft occurs before free agency.
This could impact the Eagles' plans greatly, as they have to be aggressive and not count on signing certain players in free agency.
Heading the draft is smart, young GM Howie Roseman, who was an expert scout before the promotion to general manager. Andy Reid though, still has the final say with draft picks.
If the CBA is not reached, then there will be no trades, including between draft picks. That also means Kevin Kolb would remain an Eagle after the draft.
With many draft picks contributing to the team last season, the Eagles can only hope they find the same success.
So, here is a seven-round mock for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jimmy Smith, the cornerback from Colorado, is projected currently as a late first/early second round draft pick, but that will most likely change for the better after the Combine.
Smith is projected to run in the low 4.4's, which is a great time especially for a 6’2”, 205-pound corner.
Smith's play earned him 2010 First Team All-Big 12 honors, as he recorded 68 tackles.
Though he did not intercept a pass all season, Smith was not targeted. He shut down the opponent's best wide receiver. Smith is a great run supporter, he is obviously big in size and is also great in press coverage.
The Eagles desperately need secondary help and Smith can come in and start right away opposite of Asante Samuel.
There will be no certainty the Eagles will sign Nnamdi Asomugha, especially since almost half the league wants him.
John Moffitt, the guard out of Wisconsin, stands at 6'4" and 320 pounds. He has the versatility to play center as well, something the Eagles love in their offensive lineman.
Moffitt is a great run blocker, he drives defenders back and is solid in pass protection.
Moffitt is also quickly jumping up draft boards, but should be available when the Eagles pick in the second round.
He played left guard in college, but moving to right guard would not be a huge change.
Moffitt could provide a significant upgrade over current right guard Max Jean-Gillies.
The Eagles have a huge role at weakside linebacker and their starter Ernie Sims will most likely not be retained—not saying that's a bad thing.
Greg Jones of Michigan State was all over the field making plays.
Jones recorded 105 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles and one interception.
Jones needs to work on his coverage skills. He takes bad angles covering receivers out of the backfield and isn’t big enough, at 6'1", 235 pounds, to stay with a tight end. He tends to bite hard on the play-action fakes as well.
He would be the best player available though in the third round as he has the versatility to also play middle linebacker.
Joseph Barksdale was a great tackle for LSU, opening huge holes for their running backs.
Barksdale is very solid in both run and pass blocking, and at 6'5", 320 pounds, could be an elite left tackle in the NFL, provided he is coached well.
The Eagles have offensive line troubles, and with the great pass rushing in the division, investing in a tackle is necessary.
Barksdale can challenge incumbent starter Winston Justice for the starting job from day one.
Ras-I Dowling of Virginia was supposed to be a first-round prospect if he declared for last year's draft.
But in his senior season, Dowling struggled mightily and dealt with lingering injuries the entire season causing him to miss nine games.
Dowling is a big corner who could translate to safety at the next level. He is 6'2", 210 pounds and could be a steal in the fourth round.
Though he bites for pump fakes, he is a solid cover corner and is great against the run.
Dowling recorded eight interceptions from his freshman to junior season.
This is a picture of Dwayne Harris beating cornerback Rashad Carmichael, one of the best CB prospects in the draft.
Harris is fast at 6'0", 205 pounds and provides extra versatility in the kick and punt return game.
At East Carolina, Harris played mainly outside because of his speed, but also played in the slot because of his solid hands.
Harris could be a special teams ace and a fourth or fifth wide receiver.
Harris returned three touchdowns in his career in the kickoff game, and is one of the best return specialists in this entire draft.
The Eagles direly need a kickoff man, and Harris could provide stability to the position.
As you can see by this picture, Jeron Johnson, the strong safety from Boise State, is a hard-hitter.
Johnson recorded 82 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
Johnson is 5'11", 198 pounds, but is great in run support.
If he declared last season, Johnson would have been drafted between Rounds 2 and 3, but this past season, he did not showcase his playmaking skills as in previous years.
Steven Friday out of Virginia Tech is more of a hybrid defensive end, as he can also play outside linebacker. Though his skill-sets favor a 3-4 OLB role, the Eagles tend to draft undersized defensive ends.
Friday had a great senior season, recording 66 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble.
He has a terrific burst off the edge and nice speed, but can drop in coverage and shows good range. Friday could play the role of the "Joker" on third downs on defense. He is 6'4" and 253 pounds.