NFL Draft 2011: 5 Players the Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade Up For

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIMarch 25, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: 5 Players the Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade Up For

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Cody Green #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers slips past Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45-17 (Photo by Eric Fran
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    Even with a lockout looming, teams still have to prepare for the NFL draft.

    The Philadelphia Eagles have a couple of needs to fill and also some positions where they have to improve their depth.

    The Eagles currently sit picking with the 23rd selection. Recent years have shown that the Eagles like to move around frequently on draft day.

    In 2007, they traded down and selected Kevin Kolb. Last year, they traded up and grabbed Brandon Graham.

    The Eagles desperately need to improve the offensive line and secondary.

    Here are five prospects that the Eagles should target on draft day if they decided to trade up.

Tyron Smith

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    TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 7:  Tyron Smith #70 of the USC Trojans stretches before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 7, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  USC won 14-9.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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    When mock drafts first starting coming out in January, Tyron Smith was a second-rounder.

    He has since shot up team's draft boards and is now the consensus No. 1 OT on the boards.

    In Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest update, he ranks Smith as the top OT on his big board, and as the 11th prospect overall in this year's draft.

    The Eagles need to take an OT early on in the draft. Whether it is in the first or second round depends on who is on the board.

    It would be a steal if the Eagles were able to move up and select a guy like Tyron Smith.

    It would cost the team a few picks because Smith is being mocked now to go around No. 12 or 13.

Robert Quinn

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28:  Defensive lineman Robert Quinn of North Carolina runs through a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Didn't see Robert Quinn play this past season?

    That is because he had to sit due to NCAA violations.

    Watch him in 2009 and you will see why he is a top-10 pick this year. If he played last year, he very possibly could have been in the running for the No. 1 overall selection.

    Quinn is projected to be either a 3-4 LB or a 4-3 DE.

    On the Eagles, Quinn would fit in very nicely on the opposite side of Trent Cole.

    The Eagles need another outside pass rusher and Quinn can be that guy.

    The Eagles could also attempt to try him out at LB and take Ernie Sims' spot.

Prince Amukamara

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Prince Amukamara #2 of Nebraska runs with the football during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    There is no way a team is trading away the chance to get Patrick Peterson so that is why I selected the second best CB prospect.

    Prince Amukamara has all the tools and skills to possibly be just as good as Peterson.

    He is a guy should be able to start from day one, especially if he were to go the Eagles.

    His combination of strength, speed and size make him capable of being a shutdown corner in the NFL.

    He also is a good tackler, which the Eagles desperately need in the secondary.

Da'Quan Bowers

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    At first, Da'Quan Bowers had been the consensus No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the draft.

    Now, after missing the combine and workouts due to surgery, Bowers has fallen out of the top 10 on some boards.

    Bowers has tremendous upside though. He is a physical freak and compares to Julius Peppers at the DE position.

    Depending on how far he drops, the Eagles could swoop in and grab him.

    Just thinking of Bowers teaming up with Trent Cole gives me goosebumps.

Jimmy Smith

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Cody Green #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers slips past Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45-17 (Photo by Eric Fran
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    The final and most realistic option here would be to trade up for CB Jimmy Smith.

    Smith is an interesting prospect. He has top-15 or so talent, but his off-the-field issues may push him back to the end of Round 1.

    The Eagles have certainly risked putting up with character guys in the past. So if the Eagles are presented with a chance to jump up and grab Smith, they should do so.

    Smith is the third-ranked CB prospect and one of the biggest in the draft.

    Smith is almost 6'2" and 210 pounds and he is a physical corner.

    He would fit great in the Eagles secondary and would look great in green and black across from Asante Samuel.