2011 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles 7-Round Mock (Version 4.0)
With many draft picks, the Eagles have a great chance to make an impact in the draft.
There are multiple needs across the defense and along the offensive line for Andy Reid, Howie Roseman, and Co. to answer.
It is a shame free agency may not happen before the draft, because that would have been a great opportunity to fill a couple of needs.
Here is my fourth version of a seven-round mock for the Eagles:
Round 1 Pick 23: CB Jimmy Smith
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Previous Pick: CB Brandon Harris
Jimmy Smith, the cornerback from Colorado is a mystery to me on where he will be drafted. He could be drafted as high as 11 or fall to the latter portion of the first round.
With character issues concerning teams, many still believe Smith will fall in the draft.
Smith,at 6'2'' 205 pounds, ran in the 4.4's and has huge upside.
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.
Round 2 Pick 54: OG/OT Marcus Cannon
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Previous Pick: OG/OT Marcus Cannon
Cannon dropped from 358 to 349 at the Combine, solidifying his dedication to improve his overall physique.
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.
Cannon was a dominating tackle, toying with opposing defensive ends at college.
Round 3 Pick 85: LB Mason Foster
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Previous Pick: LB Quan Sturdivant
In a previous article, I wrote that Foster would be projected in the second round.
Linebacker though is a position that tends to fall in drafts, especially in weak classes.
Some experts even have Foster going in the third round.
Foster recorded 162 tackles (105 solo) and seven sacks last season at the University of Washington.
The 6'2'', 241-pound Foster is aggressive and is one of the best tackling linebacker in this draft class. He ended his career at Washington with eight forced fumbles, including six his junior season.
He is a sound tackler who can read and react react to the play in front of him. He is fast and plays around the ball.
Mason Foster is a versatile linebacker as well and could play all three linebacking spots, though he would excel playing the weakside, a important position of need for the Eagles.
Round 4 Pick 103: S DeAndre McDaniel
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Previous Pick: S DeAndre McDaniel
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.
If anything, he could be a solid depth player for a safety group lacking a hard hitter.
Round 4 Pick 119: DE Greg Romeus
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Previous Pick: OT Chris Hariston
Romeus played very poorly to open the season, looking overweight and out of shape. Then, he had surgery, which ended his season.
Romeus, though, was projected to be a first-round pick before the season began, especially after his dominating junior year where he recorded eight sacks and 11 TFL's.
At 6'6'' and 270 pounds, Romeus has a little Julius Peppers in him and could play a key role if Brandon Graham does not return fully healthy.
Upgrading the pass rush is a huge need this offseason, as it was with last year.
Round 5 Pick 146: OT Marcus Gilbert
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Previous Pick: RB Noel Devine
At 6'5'' and 320 pounds, Gilbert is one of the more athletic offensive lineman in the draft.
He has the athleticism to play right tackle in the NFL and is versatile enough to also play guard.
The more I think about it, the more I believe the Eagles will try to stick with Winston Justice at right tackle next season. Howard Mudd is a legendary offensive line coach that can take struggling offensive lineman and turn them into pretty solid players.
Round 5 Pick 150: CB/KR Justin Rogers
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Previous Pick: CB Richard Sherman
Multiple corners should be drafted, because depth is needed for the Eagles at that position.
Justin Rogers is one of the sleepers in this year's class, because of his solid cover skills as well as his elite kick returning skills.
At 5'11'' and 185 pounds, Rogers has solid speed and could be a nickel corner in the NFL.
Here are Rogers statistics in his college career:
Round 7 Pick 214: LB Adrien Moten
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Previous Pick: Mark Herzlich
At 6'2'' and 235 pounds, Moten runs a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash.
Moten had a great senior year, recording 67 tackles, three sacks, and four interceptions.
His speed allows him to cover the field as a rangy linebacker.
At worst, Moten becomes a depth player and a special teams ace, but he has a lot of potential to be a starting weakside linebacker.