2011 NFL Draft: Mock for Rounds 4 to 7 for the Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have surprised me in each of their first three picks, so that will not change starting today on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Most of these Day 3 picks must be spend on the average defense, and maybe one pick on a running back to back up LeSean McCoy.
Here is a quick mock draft of Day 3 for the Philadelphia Eagles:
Round 4 Pick 106: DE Sam Acho
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Sam Acho recorded 60 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles in his senior season at Texas.
Acho's consistency and effort have been questioned, but his production is there.
He even had a sack in the Senior Bowl, beating the one of the top tackle prospects in the draft, Nate Solder.
Acho could provide the Eagles a legitimate pass rushing linebacker.
He has the speed to move around as well, as he ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.
Round 4 Pick 120: DE/DT Christian Ballard
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Ballard is 283 pounds and runs a 4.75 in the Combine; some think he is just as good as fellow teammate, now a Buccaneer, Adrian Clayborn.
Ballard could fit in as a pass rushing defensive tackle on third downs or play the run as a defensive end on the first two downs.
He is the best player available, and would fit what the Eagles want on defense.
Round 5 Pick 149: LB Lawrence Wilson
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Arguably Connecticut's best defender, Lawrence Wilson is an underrated playmaker, and unlike Ernie Sims, has actual football instincts.
Wilson this past season had 123 tackles, four sacks, and one interception.
Wilson is an elite tackler at his position, but may need to improve dropping back in coverage. At 6'1'' 230 pounds, Wilson ran a 4.56 at his Pro Day. Wilson can digest a play having played middle linebacker, so he could show that versatility with the Eagles.
Round 5 Pick 153: LB Ross Homan
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Homan is a very disciplined llinebacker, very similar to Keith Rivers of the Bengals. He is a sound tackler and takes solid angles at the ball carrier.
Homan is also an explosive athlete, posting the the fastest 10-yard split of all the linebackers (1.56 seconds). He translates to a strongside linebacker.
Homan is about 240 and could challenge for a starting job.
Round 6 Pick 191: RB Derrick Locke
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Derrick Locke could be a true sleeper RB for any team.
He is smaller at 5'9" and 192 pounds, but has a quick burst and is versatile.
He average 5.3 yards per carry and recorded 34 receptions.
Playing in the SEC is hard enough, but Locke showed he can be a capable running back. He could fill in as a backup to LeSean McCoy. He would at least be an upgrade over Eldra Buckley.
Here's an impressive stat for you: Locke had never fumbled once in his entire SEC career.
Round 7 Pick 227: OG/OT Marcus Cannon
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Cannon can go anywhere today. If teams like him enough, even with his diagnosis of cancer, he could go early but more likely he will be a 6th-7th round pick.
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.
Round 7 Pick 237: WR/PR/KR Dwayne Harris
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This is a picture of Dwayne Harris beating cornerback Rashad Carmichael, one of the best CB prospects in the draft.
Harris is fast at 6'0", 205 pounds and provides extra versatility in the kick and punt return game.
At East Carolina, Harris played mainly outside because of his speed, but also played in the slot because of his solid hands.
Harris could be a special teams ace and a fourth or fifth wide receiver.
Harris returned three touchdowns in his career in the kickoff game, and is one of the best return specialists in this entire draft.
The Eagles direly need a kickoff man, and Harris could provide stability to the position.
Round 7 Pick 240: QB Scott Tolzien
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Scott Tolzien threw for 5,271 yards and 32 TDs in his college campaign.
Tolzien is very accurate with a 73 completion percentage. He is very smart and can drive the ball down field, with solid arm strength.
He is also mobile in the pocket and can extend plays well enough.