NFL Draft 2011: Previewing the Philadelphia Eagles' Day 3 Options
The second day of the NFL Draft is over for the Eagles. They've made three selections thus far and have eight selections remaining in the next four rounds.
If you missed what the Eagles did in the first two days, you can check out my Day 1 review and Day 2 review. However, we're on to Day 3 now, so let's take a look at what the Eagles may consider doing.
The Eagles are slated to select with the seventh pick of the third day (the Donovan McNabb pick), so they should have a good idea of who they're interested in when the day starts. If necessary, they could easily move up for the guy they want if they think a team in front of them is interested. They have a lot of picks, so trading up wouldn't be difficult at all.
On Day 3, I think the Eagles will look at a lot of positions. Like in Day 2, the main focus will have to be on the defense, but they will probably make a few offensive selections as well.
Out of the gate, I think they'll look to target a linebacker. Casey Matthews was a guy I thought they would consider making a move for in the third round, but they did not. However, he still remains on the board and could definitely be a guy they consider in the fourth round.
Outside of Matthews, there are still some solid linebacker prospects that remain on the board. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Eagles take two linebackers on the third day. Some other guys I think they'll be interested in are Mark Herzlich, Chris Carter, Ross Homan, Doug Hogue, Quan Sturdivant and Greg Jones.
These players are all guys who the Eagles would look for to make immediate contributions on special teams and serve backup roles during the season. Eventually, they could also be groomed into starters.
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, I also expect the Eagles to look for some defensive lineman on the third day. This was a position we thought the Eagles might look at early, but they have not. On Day 3, I think they could look for both a defensive tackle and a defensive end.
At defensive tackle, I like a guy like Ian Williams out of Notre Dame who is one of the typically high motor, hard working types of players they look for. They have drafted defensive lineman out of Notre Dame before, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the trend continue. Other guys the might consider include Christian Ballard, Cedric Thornton and Brandon Bair.
They could definitely look to add a defensive end as well. This won't be a guy that will be fighting for a starting job, but a guy who will look to try and work his way into the rotation. One guy I think the Eagles will be high on is Ryan Winterswyk out of Boise State. He's a blue-collar, hard working guy and we've already heard Andy Reid put those kind of labels on Danny Watkins.
Offensively, I think they'll look at adding a running back and quarterback for some depth on the third day.
At running back, the guy on the board that jumps out to me most is Kendall Hunter. He's a guy that I thought would be gone by now but has fallen into the third round. He was extremely productive at Oklahoma State and looks like the kind of player who could have an immediate impact for the Eagles. However, I doubt he lasts long on Day 3, so the Eagles would have to take him early.
If they pass on Hunter, there's still a number of different prospects out there that they could bring in. I think the running back position is fairly deep on Day 3, so the Eagles may hold off to see how long they can wait before they bring someone in.
The Eagles will also probably look for some competition for Mike Kafka on Day 3. There are a few options here the Eagles could consider. My favorite is Pat Devlin. He's a guy they wouldn't have to take extremely early on Day 3 and is a guy I think could develop into a good quarterback. If Devlin isn't the answer, I'd like to see them take T.J. Yates.
Overall, I haven't been particularly thrilled with the Eagles' draft so far, so I'm hoping for a solid final day.
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