With the NFL Scouting Combine now complete, and the likelihood of no free agency before the draft, unless a CBA is worked out by Thursday night, the Eagles will have to have an above average draft to keep up with the rest of the league.
There are needs all across the defense, though the offense seems set, other than a few tweaks needed on the offensive line.
Here is a post-combine edition of an Eagles seven round mock draft:
(First two editions of the mock draft)
Even though I hope Jimmy Smith will be available when the Eagles pick at 23, he will most likely be selected after a strong showing at the Combine. Smith has character concerns, but with all that talent and potential, he will be gone in the top 20.
Brandon Harris though is no slouch. He is a great ball hawking cornerback with great coverage skills, something desperately needed across from Asante Samuel.
Harris is 5'10'', 192 pounds, and ran in the mid 4.4's at the Combine.
Unlike Samuel, Harris is willing to sacrifice his body in run coverage.
At 358 pounds, Marcus Cannon is the biggest offensive lineman in this draft.
Cannon showed he has quick feet in drills and even posted a solid 5.20 in the 40-yard dash.
Right guard is the biggest hole on the Eagles offensive line, especially with the inconsistent play of both Max Jean-Gillies and Nick Cole.
Cannon could even play tackle if needed, as that was his college position at TCU.
Quan Sturdivant played inside linebacker at UNC, but should have the speed to play weakside linebacker for the Eagles.
Sturdivant recorded 62 tackles and 3 sacks, while only playing in seven games.
He is a tackling machine and is attracted to the ball.
Sturdivant may not be a flashy linebacker, but he does provide consistency. He will not miss assignments and is solid in coverage, something the Eagles have lacked at weakside linebacker for a long time.
McDaniel seems to be falling especially with his character concerns.
He is a big hitter in the secondary and is solid enough in coverage, though most would not characterize that as his best asset.
McDaniel is 6'1'' and 217 pounds and ran in the mid 4.6's at the Combine.
Though you would like him to be faster, McDaniel can impact the defense with his bone-crushing hits.
He would be a capable complement to the faster, coverage safety Nate Allen.
At 6'7'', 328 pounds, Hariston has a huge frame and build. He has incredibly long arms at 35' and benched 33 times at the Combine.
Hariston could come in right away and play right tackle.
There were major questions surrounding Hairston after his junior year, but he answered those questions leading the way for the duo Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington.
Hariston plays very smart on the line. He is a great run blocker and a solid pass blocker.
Hariston needs to improve on his footwork, but he has all the tools to be a right tackle for the next decade.
Devine is arguably the best pass catching running back in this draft.
Due to his small size (5'8'', 180 pounds), Devine will probably fall in the draft.
If there is a season next year, that guarantees free agency will take place before the season. Jerome Harrison will have suitors lining up to be a starting back or at least a capable backup that will be used. So, the Eagles need a backup to star LeSean McCoy.
Though Devine was not asked much to return at West Virginia, he showed flashes of brilliance when given the opportunity.
Sherman is a bigger corner at 6'3'', 195 pounds, but impressed with his late season coverage.
He recorded 49 tackles, one forced fumble, and four interceptions.
With an impressive Senior Bowl, Sherman proved to be a playmaker at the corner position. He ran a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash, a more than solid number.
The Eagles may need multiple additions to the secondary, and Sherman is talented enough to also play safety.
Mark Herzlich is a story everyone should be rooting for. Herzlich missed the entire 2009 season because he was diagnosed with cancer in his leg.
Herzlich though, ran a 4.99 at the Combine, to further hurt his sliding draft stock. At Boston College, he was slow in coverage and over pursued many plays. Herzlich also was caught up by many blockers, and was at times overpowered.
He would come in with a chip on his shoulder, so that would be an added plus to an Eagles team that lacks fire and leadership.