2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jimmy Smith and All 10 Picks for the Philadelphia Eagles
Should the Eagles choose to keep their picks, they would be well spent on filling need positions like the offensive line, linebackers and the secondary.
One thing that Andy Reid and the Eagles are known for is their trading of picks on the first day of the draft. Right now the Eagles currently have the 23rd pick in the first round. Will they trade up, trade down or stay put? My guess is that they trade up to secure a starter for next year's secondary.
Here is a complete mock draft for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Round 1 (Pick 23): Jimmy Smith, CB Colorado
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If the Eagles stay at No. 23, they will have a variety of players to choose from. However, first-round talent at needy positions like OT may be gone.
I have all the first-round OT taken off the board before the Eagles select, except maybe Derek Sherrod. If that is the case, I think that the Eagles should pounce on Jimmy Smith.
Jimmy Smith is a top-15 talent, but his off-the-field issues are causing him to drop considerably in the first round.
Smith has the size and speed to become a shutdown corner in the NFL.
Wouldn't it be great to have a shutdown corner on one side and then a ball-hawking, aggressive corner in Asante Samuel on the other?
All of a sudden, the Eagles' secondary is one of the strengths of this team.
Round 2 (Pick 22): Marcus Cannon, OT/OG TCU
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I am not sure that Marcus Cannon will still be on the board this late in the second round.
So, I propose a possible scenario:
Instead of picking Jimmy Smith, the Eagles trade down and pick up two high second-round picks. They can use one on Aaron Williams or Brandon Harris, then use the other one for Cannon.
Or they can use one of their extra picks and trade up a couple of spots in the second round.
I love Cannon and I am sure the Eagles do as well. He is the prototypical offensive linemen that the Eagles go after. He is a decent sized, athletic lineman that can play multiple positions.
Cannon played OT in college, but his 350-pound frame could place him as an interior lineman for Philly.
Round 3 (Pick 21): Jaiquawn Jarrett, S Temple
Much like Brian Dawkins, Quintin Mikell is now due a big contract at age 30. Chances are Mikell is leaving the nest next season.
With Nate Allen already securing the FS spot, local Temple product Jaiquawn Jarrett can jump in and battle for the starting SS spot with Kurt Coleman.
In fact, Jarrett is a lot like Quintin Mikell. He is a little bigger, but they both are cover guys that like to lay the big hit and also are able to stop the run.
If Jarrett is left on the board here, I think the Eagles will grab the safety and improve the secondary even more. With a decent pass rush, this secondary can now capitalize on errant QB throws and mistakes.
Round 4 (Pick 7): Jordan Todman, RB UCONN
The Eagles desperately need a second-string back to spell "Shady" McCoy every once in awhile. Last year, the Eagles were lucky that McCoy was able to play through multiple injuries.
In Jordan Todman, the Eagles get an excellent mix of skills. He is very quick (4.40 40-yard dash) and a reliable receiver out of the backfield. He is also very strong for his size.
He also can fill in as a KR or PR. The Eagles have not had a good KR since Brian Mitchell...yeah, that long.
The Eagles do need a power back as well for short yardage situations, but that could be addressed later in the draft or via free agency.
Round 4 (Pick 23): Lawrence Wilson, OLB UCONN
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After one year, Ernie Sims' time in Philly is over. It is time to get a fresh group of linebackers.
In Lawrence Wilson, the Eagles will get a potential sleeper who plays exactly the position that the Eagles need (weakside LB).
Wilson has the combination of size and speed to become the starting LB for Philadelphia. He possesses good coverage skills as well, which is something that the Eagles desperately need improvement in from their LB group.
He was a four-year starter in college and played a school-record 50 games.
Round 5 (Pick 18): Pat Devlin, QB Delaware
Hello, Joe Flacco number two.
Pat Devlin followed exactly in Flacco's footsteps in college. Devlin started out at Penn State and failed to start. He then transferred to Delaware where he led the Blue Hens to the FCS title game.
Devlin is a local, homegrown product who could be the next Kevin Kolb (and I mean that in a good way).
With Kolb's likely departure, Devlin could now all of a sudden become the Eagles QB of the future. Who knows how long Mike Vick will be healthy enough to play?
I really like Devlin as a late-round QB selection here. He could turn out to be a top five QB from this class.
He has pinpoint accuracy and good touch on the deep ball for the likes of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
He would need to improve on his arm strength though if he wants to be a starter in the NFL.
Round 5 (Pick 22): Byron Stingily, OT Louisville
The guy on the right looks more intimidating on the football field, rather than in an elevator. Trust me.
Byron Stingily is a big OT that could be a nice little project for the Eagles.
With all the injuries that happened last year, they could use all the depth and help they can get on the offensive line.
Stingily stands at 6'5" 315 pounds and runs a surprising 4.86 40-yard dash.
Stingily is a little bit raw, but he possesses great size and athleticism to become a tackle at the next level.
Round 7 (Pick 24): Adrian Moten, OLB Maryland
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Adrian Moten might be here in the seventh round.
The Eagles really need depth at the LB position. Moten is very small, but he is blazing fast for a LB.
He can cover the average TE, but currently would get destroyed trying to get around a TE or OL to get to the QB.
He needs to bulk up a little bit to play at the next level.
He would be a great special teams player, though.
Round 7 (Pick 34): Derek Hall, OT Stanford
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Derek Hall was one of the main reasons why Andrew Luck had such a great season last year. He protected Luck's right side in his terrific 2010 campaign. Stanford's entire OL allowed only six sacks the entire year.
So why isn't he higher on draft boards? Hall is seen as not being very athletic.
Hall has played only one year of OT at the college level. He was a defensive lineman for the previous three years. That right there shows me some form of athleticism.
He has decent size at 6'5" and just over 300 pounds. He could be another project player for Reid and the Eagles. They love developing late-round linemen.
Round 7 (Pick 37): Steven Friday, DE Virginia Tech
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Andy Reid cannot go a whole draft and not select at least one defensive lineman.
Better late than never I would say.
Steven Friday is a combo LB/DE prospect from VT. He broke out during 2010 and was one of the most improved players on a Hokies team that went 11-3.
He is a little small, but tell Trent Cole that. Friday has great speed to be a pass rusher around the edge.