2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Says Philadelphia Eagles Will Steal Jimmy Smith
Todd McShay's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Eagles Landing Smith at No. 23
We know the Philadelphia Eagles can light up the scoreboard. Unfortunately for them, we also know that they weren't all that great at keeping their opponents from doing the same in 2010. This had a lot to do with their pass defense, which allowed a staggering 31 touchdown passes.
Needless to say, the Eagles could use a cornerback. Pickings could be slim when they're on the clock with the No. 23 pick, but Todd McShay has them taking Colorado's Jimmy Smith in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (can only be accessed with ESPN Insider).
Smith is a hot prospect. Because of that, McShay correctly points out that this would be a steal for the Eagles:
[Smith] would be a steal at this point and step in right away opposite Eagles CB Asante Samuel to help upgrade a pass defense that allowed a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes in 2010.
Smith is taller than your average corner at 6'2", but he still has the speed to match strides with some of the faster receivers out there. McShay thinks he is "neck-and-neck" with Nebraska's Prince Amukamara when it comes to talent, which is no small compliment seeing as how Amukamara is generally agreed to have elite cover skills.
There is a very good chance that Smith will go higher. If he does, look for the Eagles to target an outside linebacker or an offensive tackle.
My Pick: Jimmy Smith
If Smith actually falls to them, the Eagles won't need much time to make the call.
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