2011 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles' Second Round Targets
The Philadelphia Eagles have major needs along the offensive line and on defense.
Andy Reid values his second round pick greatly, and over the years some of his best picks have been in the second round with guys like Sheldon Brown, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
If the Eagles can draft a solid starter in the second round, I think they would be overjoyed.
Here are some second round players the Eagles could target:
Curtis Brown, CB Texas
Curtis Brown is one of the most physical corners in the draft.
In combine drills, Brown looked to be a fluid athlete, as he could easily change direction with his feet.
He is one of the better press corners in the draft and is not afraid to make a tackle. Brown even had a 39.5" vertical at the combine, the best out of all the corners.
Though he only ran a 4.5, he is solid anticipation and closing speed to be a starting corner in the NFL.
Brown only had two career interceptions at Texas, but in the drills, he was arguably the best pass catcher. He made several difficult catches.
Bruce Carter, LB UNC
Carter may be the best weakside linebacker prospect in this draft, even though he did not play most of last season.
He is a fluid athlete that can cover sideline to sideline, making him one of the better fits for the Eagles' quick, aggressive defense.
Carter would have been a first round pick, had he played this season.
Carter's instincts are great and he is able to read and react quicker than most linebackers in the draft.
His injury may scare a few teams off, but he could be a second-round steal for the Eagles, who desperately need a playmaking linebacker.
Rodney Hudson, OG/C Florida State
Hudson is quick and get move laterally. The Eagles like their offensive lineman sometimes to pull, so Hudson could be a nice fit on the offensive line at guard.
He also brings added versatility, as he can kick out to center.
Hudson has long been regarded as one of the better offensive linemen in college football. However, he played at only around 280 pounds for most of his career. He needed to add more weight to prove that he could be effective at the next level, which he did. Hudson measured in at 6’2″, 299 pounds at the combine, to improve his stock.
He plays with good awareness and technique, and rarely gets beat on bull rushes.
Stephen Paea, DT Oregon State
Paea is a very powerful interior player.
He set a combine best 49 reps of 225 pounds in February. He is short and squatty, but very difficult to push back.
Paea has an explosive first step and plays in the opposing backfield. His disruptive hands allows him to bull rush the guard back.
The Eagles even had a private workout with Paea, showing their interest.
Paea was projected to be a first-round pick before he suffered an injury at the Senior Bowl.
Davon House, CB New Mexico State
Davon House is a very underrated corner. House has 10 career interceptions and possesses great ball skills
He is 6'1'' 200 pounds and ran a 4.35 at his Pro Day.
If he had played at a major college program, he would probably be an early second-round pick.
House is underrated in the running game. He can stick his nose hitting a running back coming full steam ahead.
He can be overaggressive and fall for double moves and pump fakes, but can be coached to be a top corner in the league.
Mason Foster, LB Washington
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.
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.
Marcus Cannon, OT/OG TCU
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.
When it is all said and done, I think Cannon will be the best guard in this draft.
Ras-I Dowling, CB Virginia
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.
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