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2011 NFL Draft: The General Consensus For the Philadelphia Eagles' No. 1 Pick

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  2010 NFL Draft prospects pose for a group photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell along with former and current NFL Players including Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, Floyd Little, Drew Brees, John Randle and NFL Commissioner during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 23, 2011

With a large amount of time on my hand, I decided to compile a list from 50 mock drafts of the players being mocked to the Eagles at pick No. 23, and how many times they reappeared in the various mocks.

So here is the complete list of players (parentheses indicate the number of times these players were mocked to the Eagles):

 

Cameron Jordan (1): Jordan seems to be more of a fit in a 3-4 scheme playing defensive end, more than a 4-3 defensive tackle.

Ryan Kerrigan (1): Kerrigan is a hard-working defensive end that plays with an incredible motor. He is very similar to Brandon Graham.

Tyron Smith (2): Smith is very athletic at the tackle position and has huge upside. If he weighs in at 300 pounds at the Scouting Combine, look for him to be gone before the Eagles pick at 23.

Akeem Ayers (2): Ayers is the best 4-3 linebacker prospect in the draft and is extremely athletic at 250 pounds. He can do it all at linebacker: cover, support the run, and blitz.

Anthony Castanzo (3): Castanzo is rated as the No. 1 tackle prospect according to Mike Mayock—certainly high accolades. He could come in right away and play right tackle, protecting Michael Vick's blindside.

Aaron Williams (3): Williams is a big, but talented corner out of Texas, who could complement Asante Samuel's skills very well. Williams can be physical at the line and support the run as well.

Derek Sherrod (3): Sherrod is a much better pass blocker than run blocker, so he should fit right in on the offensive line with the Eagles.

Brandon Harris (4): Harris had a solid career in Miami (FL), and has a quick first step and amazing overall speed. He relies on the speed and is rarely beaten deep by a receiver.

Jimmy Smith (4): Smith is moving up draft boards in a hurry and he might be a top-12 pick if he has a strong combine. Smith has elite size and speed and is a great coverage corner.

Mike Pouncey (9): While Pouncey is a good, not elite guard prospect, he provides good versatility, as he can also play center. Pouncey is compared to his brother, which is not fair at all because Mike is nowhere near the level of Maurkice.

Gabe Carimi (18): Carimi comes in at 6'7", 325 pounds, and is more of an Andy Reid type of an offensive lineman. Carimi could come in and play right tackle from day one. He is also versatile as most believe he can play guard as well.

 

Thanks for reading. So Eagle Nation, how do feel about these names most frequently cited and predicted as future Eagles?

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