Eagles Mock & More

Posted: March 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 72 Comments »

For SB Nation Philly I did a mock draft for the Eagles.

Feel free to ask questions or rip the picks.

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So what’s going on with LBs around the league?  I have no idea.  It is one thing for there to be a buyer’s market, but this is getting crazy.  I can only guess that Curtis Lofton has insane contract demands.  David Hawthorne seems like a pawn that teams use in negotiations.  He is a good player.  Don’t understand the lack of action with him.  He did have a knee issue in 2011, but played through it.  Maybe it is worse than we know and teams are scared of him.

There was a report somewhere that London Fletcher is waiting to re-sign, but the Skins don’t have cap room.  Not sure if that’s the case.  I don’t think anyone has talked to him.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar did visit the Rams late this week.  If the Eagles want a veteran SAM, he’s my guy.

Erin Henderson re-signed with the Vikings for one year and $2M.  I know some PFF guy loves Erin, but his game tape just isn’t great.  Solid young player with potential, but nothing special.

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Everyone wants an Asante update.  Let me do some checking on that.

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I am working on getting the rankings and notes posted at ScoutsNotebook.  Hopefully we’ll have the Top 5 for each position done by this weekend.  Took a while to work through some technical stuff.

I did post some draft thoughts.

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Amy Domowitch’s dad (forget his name) has a good column up today that discusses Shady, Drew, and some other interesting topics.

72 Comments on “Eagles Mock & More”

  1. 1 T_S_O_P said at 3:35 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Keek and Boyk, it’s all cream after that.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 3:43 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Would be a heck of a start.

    I really love Derek Wolfe. Seems like a Washburn kind of guy.

  3. 3 T_S_O_P said at 4:09 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I’d agree, but will some 34 teams go for him too? That is why I mention Alecxih the other day as to have a Plan C.

  4. 4 TommyLawlor said at 4:16 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Yeah, I’ve got to work on that. Jaye Howard could be DT target for us. If Crick falls, he could be for sure. I mentioned Sweezy the other day. He’s a good athlete.

  5. 5 JRO91 said at 3:48 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Great mock….I’d love to be in the war room if both cox and Luke are there at 15. Tough tough call. I think Luke is too good to pass up if he’s there at 15. Like u said if Demeco gets hurt there isnt much behind him with depth. I’d rather slide Luke over from SAM and put Chaney at SAM. Not much of a drop off. Fletcher is special but I think Washburn can get production out of Wolfe and also I think they are still really high on Thornton.

  6. 6 TommyLawlor said at 4:10 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I do wonder if they think of Thornton as more of a NT or UT. Would help with trying to figure things out.

    Choosing between Luke and Cox would be tough. I almost hope one is gone so we don’t have to deal with that dilemma.

  7. 7 Arby1 said at 6:57 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    The question also is: what if both Luke and Cox are gone by 15? I think that’s a real strong possibility, especially if Seattle doesn’t re-sign Hawthorne or address MLB in FA.

  8. 8 GermanEagle said at 4:01 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    If the Eagles end up with LK, Boykin, Sanu and Wolfe I will creaming my pants!

  9. 9 Anders Jensen said at 4:18 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    If the Eagles get those 4 with there first 4 picks, the draft will have been really good in my book

  10. 10 GermanEagle said at 4:28 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    We can all dream, right?!

  11. 11 Anders Jensen said at 4:48 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    yea, I just cant get my hopes up to high with draft picks, because there will always be that player I like, but the Eagles dont like (or got picked earlier then they might have expected)

  12. 12 D3Keith said at 6:19 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I would be thrilled with this draft haul as well. First, knowing that we actually used our early picks instead of trading them for futures (which is likely at some point in the first two days, IMO). But also because I could see four or five of those guys having immediate roles or roles within the first 2 years, yet the pressure for them to produce won’t be there since they might not be immediate starters. Boykin at KOR and future Hanson replacement, Kuechly at SAM, Sanu at future Avant, Wolfe in the DT rotation and Carder on STs or in the LB mix? Wow. I’m far from a draftnik but I’ve heard of those five guys lol.

    Also it’s occurring to me how great it is to have Mudd not just because he’s so good, but because we won’t always be targeting OL early to get him guys he can work with.

  13. 13 Anders Jensen said at 7:07 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    We have done it twice back in 2007 and 2008, but havnt done it since or before, so those two seasons are outliers more then anything

  14. 14 D3Keith said at 7:52 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Not sure I agree, in the sense that every draft situation is not created equal. But I’m not really in love with my original point enough to defend it vigorously. I think it’s likely we’ll fall back this year because we don’t have needs for an immediate starter, and we’ll see an opening to gain value and still get a player we like, but as in all drafts, anything is possible, so I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show.

  15. 15 aub32 said at 4:38 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Just saw your mock interesting take but I just can’t imagine Reid not going D Line early and often with as many projected studs at the D tackle position. Add to the mix we haven’t heard any intention to bring back Landri or Laws and it makes sense to go get a D tackle. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t know if Luke is good enough to go get over some of the D lineman that could fall into our lap at 15. Also you mention him playing SAM but I’ve read on several occasions that while a great tackler, he’s not someone you want out in space covering an athletic TE or RB. I’m sure you know better than I cause I haven’t seen anything but his highlights (good and bad) but I dont think bid red pulls the trigger on a LB in the first when its no longer a position of need (I know we still need a SAM but I’m referring to Luke being a MLB). Also, I see many people mentioning Boykin but if they draft him what does that mean about how they feel about Curtis Marsh especially since Samuel has yet to be dealt. Lastly, I wanted to ask about Joe Adams vs your Sanu pick ( maybe in the 3rd though). He had a monster SB and with his speed there’s no defense in the league that could account for that trio (Jackson, Maclin, Adams). I know a lot of fans want a tall guy but I don’t recall Vick ever being one to throw the fade in the back of the endgame even when he had Roddy White. I say do what you’re good at better than anyone else and for us it’s speed. Thx for the info I know this was a long post and that cheeseburger Reid comment was hilarious

  16. 16 TommyLawlor said at 5:55 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    The long range plan is for Marsh to start in place of Nnamdi in a couple of years. Team is still very high on Marsh. Boykin would be the slot guy.

    I’m sure the Eagles do want a DT. I gave them Wolfe. Good fit. Some of the highly regarded DTs aren’t ideal fits for us.

    Luke isn’t ideal SAM, but I think he can play there. We’ll have to wait and see if the Eagles pull the trigger.

  17. 17 Joe Malone said at 6:04 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    If/when Marsh takes over for Nnamdi, do you expect Nnamdi to move to safety? He seems like the perfect candidate to make the switch.

    I really do hope they take Luke at 15 if he is there. I am a big fan of competition, and nothing would please me more than to see Chaney and Kuechly battle it out for the SAM spot. One thing though, could Luke play WILL if asked?

    As far as Joe Adams goes, I just don’t see us going after him anymore with DeSean signed. If we did, we would have zero size at WR and no guy that can consistantly move the chains. To me, Sanu is the guy we have to target in the middle of round two.

  18. 18 John Eagle said at 4:42 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Top five by position doesn’t show us where a player is slotted on your draft board. Anyway you can list players from top to bottom? I like to print out draft player rankings to see who is slotting where as players come off the board, and others drop. For teams that take the BPA, like the Eagles, there is a better chance of seeing who they might draft, rather than counting on them to draft for a position of need the way most mock drafts figure it. Watching Maclin drop out of the top 10 down to the Eagles slot made it more obvious that he could be the pick.

  19. 19 TommyLawlor said at 5:56 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I’ll post some kind of Eagles value board around the time of the draft. ScoutsNotebook is a generic draft site. Rankings apply to all 32 teams.

  20. 20 TrentColeHamels said at 4:45 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Luke and Boykin! I dont know anything about Wolfe, but I do know that I love Cincinnati D-Linemen (and TEs). Good stuff.

  21. 21 D3Keith said at 6:25 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    And centers!

  22. 22 Bradley Abraham said at 4:46 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Would love that draft!

    Question Tommy: Could Luke and DeMeco play together in the nickle package, essentially both as 3 down LBs?

    As much as I’d love Luke, drafting a SAM at #15 overall isn’t great value – granted he’s insurance and long term starter at MIKE. However, if you’re drafting him to play in both the base D (at SAM) and nickle packages as well as for insurance and to be the long term MIKE, I think you can justify the value of the pick.

    Your thoughts?

  23. 23 TommyLawlor said at 5:57 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I’ll be talking about 3-down LBs and scenarios in the upcoming week. Hot topic.

  24. 24 Cliff said at 4:47 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    You really are a jerk. You just threw this glorious mock draft out there for Eagles fans to slurp up, so when the real day comes and we trade out of the 1st round and pick a couple of projects with our extra picks everyone gets pissed. THANKS A LOT.

  25. 25 TommyLawlor said at 5:57 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I am Dr. Evil of the draft!!!

  26. 26 D3Keith said at 6:26 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Yes, this definitely got my hopes up high, and we are going to trade a lot for better 2013 picks instead. I agree wholeheartedly.

  27. 27 ACViking said at 4:50 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    T-LAW . . . great new mock at SBN. http://philly.sbnation.com/phi

    I said this yesterday . . . the best reason to take LKuech is the Bear’s defense, with two great LBs. What a difference that could make for the Birds. Huge upgrade of the defense based on the scheme they use.

    On the question of *value* between a LB v. DT/DE in Rd 1, there’s definitely the argument — and your Mock may validate it — that with the Wide-9 scheme, lesser-valued players for teams w/ more traditional defensive fronts [Eagles 1999-2010], give the Eagles more flexibility to choose someone like LKuech after just adding DeMR. And the same’s true on the OL-side.

    If the Eagles could get everyone of the guys you’ve pegged . . . OMG!!!

    Love the Bruce Irvin choice in Rd 4. Sprinter speed around the corner on 3rd downs.

    Derrick Wolfe at DT. A younger, more natively talented Derrick Landri who’s a natural pass rusher. Great.

    Rutgers’ WR Sanu. Mitts the size of Chase Utley’s baseball glove.

    UGA’s Boykin . . . I live in Atlanta. This kid is incredibly humble, fearless, and a great athlete with excellent “game speed.”

    Tank Carder from TCU . . . the new LB-U. He’d be another great up-grade over Fokou/Jordon. Maybe Matthews, too.


    The White House (whatever the administration) monitors political blogs.

    Hopefully, the Eagles are monitoring YOU . . . .

    Truly great work.

    And as my grandmother used to say (rest in peace): “From your mouth to God’s ears.”


  28. 28 TommyLawlor said at 6:03 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Weird Boykin note…at the Senior Bowl you see players after practice. Most hang with an agent. Some small school guys hang with each other. The P’s and PK’s are basically ignored. Boykin had his family come out and hang with him. Does that make him grounded or an overprotected mama’s boy? I prefer to think he’s grounded and a genuinely good kid. Love to see the Eagles get him.

  29. 29 Joe Malone said at 6:11 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I was actually very pleased to see that Iggles Blitz is now highlighted on the PE website. Every eagles fan should be reading what Tommy says and I’m sure the Eagles brass take a gander as well. Whats 10 minutes out of your day to get some great info from an outside source? I’m sure every NFL team would kill to have a guy like Tommy.

  30. 30 Cliff said at 7:00 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Great. Here comes the riffraff.

  31. 31 Anders Jensen said at 7:07 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    They wont post, Tommy is to positive for most of them.

  32. 32 D3Keith said at 7:55 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Thank God. I need a respite from the festering pools of negativity. It’s okay to be honest and realistic, but I can’t deal with people who hate every move and every team official.

    The knee-jerk negativity (and positivity) gets away from the crux of it, which is will [whatever we’re discussing] make the Eagles a better football team?

    /off soapbox

  33. 33 Cafone said at 10:14 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I doubt that the Eagles brass read Tommy’s reports. I hope they do, and I’d be very happy if they did. I think it certainly wouldn’t hurt for another perspective. But they pay guys to scout and they probably listen to the guys they pay.

  34. 34 ACViking said at 1:44 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    With the Birds’ track record on drafting defensive players . . . .


  35. 35 Cliff said at 5:11 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    What I took away from LeSean article: the Eagles rep for not giving in to player holdouts and agent threats has worked out well. Seems like agents know they just have to come to negotiations with a straight-forward approach to get something done.

  36. 36 ike said at 5:30 PM on March 24th, 2012:


    Assume Dontari Poe is available at 15, or close enough that the Eagles could move up cheap.

    If you’re calling the shots on draft day for the Eagles . . .

    1. Do You Select Poe? Assume Cox is gone already.

    2. Is Poe as talented as Albert Haynesworth coming out of TN?

    3. Does Poe have the quickness to play either DT position in Wash’s W-9?

  37. 37 Kammich said at 5:41 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I’ve been doing my best to catch up on some film of the DLs and LBs(since they seem to be specific and likely first round targets for us), and I’m growing more and more suspicious of Poe. It is very easy to get enamored with a man that big who can move that well. The Combine wasn’t an aberration in terms of his athleticism; his athleticism shows up on tape.

    But 21.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks in 30 GS against modest C-USA competition… how does that happen? It seems fairly simple to me… he just doesn’t play with the leverage that a man of his size should. He is routinely stood up on running plays and, despite amazing burst off the snap for his size, he gets rocked backwards and out of the play way too often–sometimes by a single, much smaller, offensive lineman. That really concerns me.

    Granted, those are technique issues. If the kid is willing to work, they should be able to be corrected. The natural skillset is off the charts. But, personally, I’m not very interested in Poe(or Michael Brockers, for that matter)… I’d much rather have Cox at #15, or wait and take Brandon Thompson with a 2nd.

  38. 38 JRO91 said at 5:44 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Poe got dominated at times by Conf-USA o lineman. No thank you. If Cox/Luke are gone then trade back. I would take Brockers over Poe. Brokers dominated SEC lineman. Poe is a physical freak, but comes off as lazy.

  39. 39 TommyLawlor said at 6:08 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Poe fascinates and scares me. Will he be a guy we regret passing on? Will he be a huge bust?

    No way I move up for him. If he’s there at 15…maybe.

    Poe is athletic enough to play either DT spot. Could even see snaps at LDE in some sets.

  40. 40 Kammich said at 5:46 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    As I said in the previous thread, this is a damn near ideal mock. I have been waving the freak flag for Kuechwalker and Tank Carder all off-season, and I think they’d be two brilliant additions to the LB corps. Boykin solves two issues as a dynamic RS and a great slot corner. Wolfe is tailor-made for the Washburn scheme and Bruce Irvin might be too intriguing of a H-W-S prospect to pass up in round 4.

    The only concern I can express is that it is hard to get an accurate gauge on how the draft board will fall when you’re only mocking one team. It becomes an educated guessing game of, “well, will this guy still be here? Is there another team enamored with him?” I think guys like Wolfe, specifically, might be off the board at that point due to the scheme versatility he provides.

  41. 41 TommyLawlor said at 6:10 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Total guessing game. I do like to get an idea of how things might pan out.

  42. 42 RC5000 said at 6:09 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Kuechly, Sanu, Boykin would be great if LK is there. Sanu could be a longshot to fall to our second round picks, possible but we could see Floyd, Wright, Hill and Sanu going 20 to 40. Sanu with athleticism, long arms, huge hands and fearlessness over the middle could be tough for teams to pass up. Two years of 100+ receptions each year.

    Like Bruce Irvin but he’s a runaround athlete with instincts and not a clearly defined position and might be wasted at DE. I think a 3-4 team makes more sense. He put up some good combine drill numbers and he’s best in space.

    Not sure Carder fills a real need with Ryans, Kuechly, Rolle, Clayton, Chaney, Matthews, Fokou but if he falls to our 5th round pick, he might be the best choice. They may be better off taking a shot at a QB like Coleman, Harnish, Austin Davis there than another mid round MLB when we have Ryans, Kuechly.

    Do you have a plan for QB?

  43. 43 Kammich said at 6:11 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I agree with you on Irvin’s prospects, but I think a “runaround athlete” is pretty much exactly what Washburn is looking for in a rotational young prospect.

  44. 44 Anders Jensen said at 6:17 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    For me only Ryans, Kuechly, Rolle and Matthews would be a sure thing of that group and we in need atleast 6 LBs (or 7 if one is a ST demon)

  45. 45 nopain23 said at 6:14 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Derek Wolfe is a must.We should draft at least one guy from Cincy every year given the team’s success with those guys.

  46. 46 mattwill said at 6:30 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Tommy, I am totally on board with your Mock Draft through the Wolfe pick. I’d much rather see us use the 4th Round pick on WR/RS Devin Wylie and the 5th Round pick on WR Tommy Streeter and the first 6th Round pick on RB Bernard Pierce from Temple or RB/RS Isiah Pead. I like the Adams pick. The Martin pick can clearly go elsewhere if we have picked up Sanu, Wylie and Streeter in the earlier rounds

    Kuechly, Boykin, Sanu, Wolfe, Wylie, Streeter Pierce/Pead, Adams and Winston Guy, Safety from Kentucky and I’d be happy.

    The last piece of the pie would be to trade Asante for a 3rd Round pick and use that pick to select Casey Hayward from Vanderbilt.

  47. 47 nopain23 said at 6:42 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Pead’s a Cincy guy…can’t go wrong with picking him….

  48. 48 Kammich said at 7:06 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I’d be shocked if Pierce fell that far. Workhorse runner whose only question was straightline speed, but he ran a 4.4 at his Pro Day and I think there are a few teams out there who will view him as a 3rd-round prospect with starter potential. Pittsburgh, specifically, seems like an ideal fit.

    I also think Streeter will be over drafted because of his measurables and Combine performance. One year wonder, to boot. I do like your suggestions of Wylie and Pead, though.

  49. 49 iskar36 said at 7:32 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    From everything you have written and everything else I have read/seen on Kuechly, I would be incredibly happy if we drafted him, however, you have mentioned several times that putting him at SAM long term is sort of a waste of talent. Also, you have struggled to determine if Kuechly would be an ideal fit at SAM in our system. So my question is, viewed purely as a SAM prospect, how does he compare with other SAM prospects in the draft for our system. I get the sense he still might be the best prospect, but if Ryans stays healthy and mans the middle for the long term, is the gap between Kuechly and other SAM prospects in this draft small enough that it diminishes his value in the first round for the Eagles?

    As a related question, you mentioned above that you hope one guy is off the board by the time we pick, but if Cox and Kuechly are both there, are you still going Kuechly (is your mock assuming Cox is still on the board in other words?).

    I guess for me, Kuechly is definitely the type of player I would like, but at the same time, SAM is a far less important position in my opinion than DT, and while I would have gladly used a first round pick on Kuechly as a MLB, I’m a little less certain about it when it would be used on Kuechly as a SAM.

  50. 50 D3Keith said at 8:39 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    The counter argument to your last paragraph, though, is that while DTs are generally more valued than SLBs, and while you never want to give up long-term profit for a quick gain, it seems this particular draft is deep in DT, and the addition of a very good SAM is going to benefit the 2012 Eagles more than the addition of a top-notch rotational DT.

    If after Kuechly we could still get a DT such as Wolfe, meaning we still get a rotational DT who could develop into a starter or star, then would it make sense to take Kuechly, even if slightly miscast as a wide-9 SAM, because of his value over replacement player, and because he can immediately make an impact at SLB, without us having to choose between that impact and impact from a young DT?

  51. 51 iskar36 said at 1:36 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    It’s a good point, but it is sort of the point of my question from the start. At SAM, how much better is Kuechly than some of the other SAM prospects (focusing on ability to play SAM). The DT position might be deep, so you might be right that we don’t need to draft a guy in the first to get a stud. But at the same time, if there is a SAM available in the 2nd or 3rd that isn’t a major drop off from Kuechly playing out of position at SAM, you can argue going for the DT early because it is the more important position over the SAM. Of course, there has to be a SAM prospect that wouldn’t be a huge drop off from Kuechly for any of this to make sense, hence the question.

  52. 52 Tyler Phillips said at 9:05 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    something that has to be factored in is that if Kuechly is taken in the first for SAM he is also the likely the MLB backup in case Ryans goes down. I don’t want to see any incarnation of the crap we had back there last year.

  53. 53 D3Keith said at 8:23 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    I think it was a perfectly valid question, and just because I was able to come up with a counterargument doesn’t mean I won’t eventually see it your way … I guess if we could ever get answers to your original questions, huh? 🙂

  54. 54 SBParade said at 8:57 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I love your idea of replacing Avant, but if Sanu will need another year to develop, like you mentioned, wouldn’t we be better off by getting a Floyd in the 1st ? If either DeSean or Maclin get hurt, we’re in a boat load of trouble, I think you really need 3 top notch receivers, especially with the Eagles love for passing. What do you think ?

  55. 55 TommyLawlor said at 9:08 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I don’t think spending a 1st round pick on a WR makes sense. We have 2 long term players in Mac and DJax. Using pick 15 on a #3 WR is over-spending. Pick 45 is high, but we throw so much that I can live with that.

  56. 56 SBParade said at 11:06 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    You are right, for some reason I have this wish to just stock-pile on the skill positions, especially wr’s and rb’s. Don’t you also think that going for Kuechly with that 15th pick is not really addressing a glaring need after getting DeMeco, and since we have like 9 Lb’s on the roster already (per Spuds). That pick can definitely be better spent on a different position. Not sure what the Eagles thinking is at this point, maybe Washburn really likes a d-lineman early on or maybe the Eagles even trade down if there is nothing enticing at 15. But thanks for your reply, I really respect your opinion and knowledge of the game.

  57. 57 Cafone said at 10:05 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    Tommy, two part question:
    First, have you ever picked an Eagles first round pick before the draft?
    Secondly, if you’ve been anywhere near as bad at picking their first round pick as I have been, don’t you feel that you almost have to envision the last thing you would expect them to do and go with that?

  58. 58 Cafone said at 10:06 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    ps: guessing McNabb correctly doesn’t count 😉

  59. 59 TommyLawlor said at 1:13 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    Tra Thomas was a no-brainer. Ditto that for Corey Simon.

    I had a feeling Shawn Andrews was a target in 2004.

    Mike Patterson is the guy I wanted in 2005. Bunk was the guy I wanted in 2006, but I didn’t think he’d last to us.

  60. 60 Kammich said at 12:20 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Yeah, I think most people would’ve bet the farm that Buffalo was taking Bunkley. I really wanted Bunkley with our pick, but I (oddly enough) had us taking Winston Justice. Funny how that stuff works out.

  61. 61 D3Keith said at 8:32 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    I remember being only slightly less thrilled by Bunk/Justice as I was by Maclin/McCoy. Both years I felt like we got two first-round picks.

    Three if you count Peters as a 2009 pick instead of a 2008 that we had to wait a year for 🙂

  62. 62 eagleizeit said at 4:15 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Babin, Jenkins, Ryans, DRC & Nnambi were brilliant additions, but it’s hard to put DRC in the group when we’re keeping the other 4 for 4 more yrs & DRC is only 1 yr. If we traded Asante for a 2nd rd pick in ’13 we can extend DRC(26) 4 5 yrs & include him in that group. With the Asante $ we can also sign Landri(28) & Dunlap(26) to 5 yrs at their low bargain prices. With our 2 line rotation on D Landri’s proven to bring a very positive, productive spark when he comes in and could start if someone got injured(a perfect team player who’s a proven fit here). Dunlap’s the only player who can step in at LT whenever Peters is injured, or RT when it’s Herriman(the OL doesn’t lose a beat & hopeing on another LT from somewhere is a 100% risk; Dunlap’s inexpensive, someone you drafted & should be proud of the extreme progress that was made). These proven players you obviously liked at 1 point & can’t be replaced without crossing your fingers on aF/A or wasting even more draft picks that likely won’t succeed.

    The Raiders pole shows 60% of the fans think loseing CB’s Nnambi, Routt & Johnson is the problem with their D. They’re probably 1 team that would give up a 2nd rd pick in ’13 for Asante Samuel.


  63. 63 nickross23 said at 10:36 PM on March 24th, 2012:

    I would be ecstatic for this draft to come true.. Why have one stud LB when you can have two. Wrote earlier about Boykin and how much I love his game as a defender and special teamer. Sanu has special written all over him as a slot guy. Wolfe is a bearcat, and we don’t miss on those guys lol. the only thing I dont know about is Bruce Irving. Seems to more suited for 3-4. I don’t know about you guys but I’d take a flyer on QB Brock Osweiler if he’s there as a development project. Tank and rest of the guys provide depth so its good there too. Like to see a rb like stanfords Jeremy stewart

  64. 64 GeorgeFleep said at 12:20 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    These are players that i have found online of reports of draft players visiting the eagles.
    -CB- Omar Bolden: http://www.bleed-green.com/blog/?p=13007
    -RB- Chris Rainey: http://www.bleed-green.com/blog/?p=12978
    -DT- Michael Brockers: http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2012/3/24/2900094/2012-nfl-draft-dt-michael-brockers-to-visit-eagles
    -CB- Trumaine Johnson: http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1171020&nid=6106579&fhn=1

    Could anybody else find any other reports or know any other inside information?

    I think tackles for loss is a key stat for the wide nine because they are not BS numbers, show effort, explosion, strength, power, and determination. Derek Wolfe would be better because of that key stat. Is there a DT/ DE or maybe even a LB with more?

  65. 65 Kammich said at 12:24 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Rainey could be a really interesting fit. I know a lot of Eagles fans want a power back… I felt that way for a long time, but Shady is such a damn good redzone runner that I don’t really care if our backup is a power back or not.

    Rainey is an explosive outside runner, a great receiver, a capable blocker, a dynamic returner and an all-around great special teamer(I believe he blocked 6 kicks at UF). Essentially, you’re getting 2 or 3 players’ production with one roster spot if you draft Rainey. I think he’s a much more dynamic player than, say, Jacquizz Rodgers. Could be over-drafted like Dexter McCluster, but if he isn’t I wouldn’t mind seeing him in green.

  66. 66 D3Keith said at 8:35 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    I’m definitely over the power back thing too. We needed an effective back, an OL that could deliver, and an OC that trusted the run in key situations.

    I would be pleased with a backup who approximates Shady if/when we need him to.

  67. 67 Cliff said at 1:25 AM on March 25th, 2012:

    NFL.com mock has LK going at #10!


  68. 68 Kammich said at 12:22 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Buffalo shored up their pass rush, which takes that need off the board.

    However, I still think they really need to address OT before ILB. Jonathan Martin and/or Riley Reiff will be on the board at #10 and I’d be pretty shocked if they didn’t go that route. Then again… Chan Gailey is a very open supporter of the BPA mantra, so who knows?

  69. 69 Kammich said at 12:28 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    PFT is reporting that the Eagles have made a contract offer to Shady, about $6 million a year. Lowball offer. He’s going to want as much, if not more, than Arian Foster… and he deserves it. I hope this does not become an issue.

    Curtis Lofton officially signed with the Saints. 5-year deal. Haven’t seen monetary numbers yet. Should be interesting.

  70. 70 D3Keith said at 8:44 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    That contract offer is reported in Domo’s article that Tommy linked to in this blog post. The PFT post you’re referring to also got that info from the same Domo article. You should read it. Definitely more insight on the situation there, including the Foster comparison and some other comparable RB deals on either side.

    At 23, Shady might be younger than all of them when they got their deals. I think his deal will be somewhere close to Arian Foster, but I’m no Sam Lynch when it comes to NFL contracts. Chris Johnson’s situation might be similar but his extension was silly, IIRC.

    I wonder if Shady’s overall number will compare to DeSean, and if either player cares what the other one gets.

    Shady’s time to strike is now, since he is coming off two productive and virtually injury-free seasons. I wonder if he sacrifices some long-term money at the end of the deal for some guaranteed moolah up front so he doesn’t have to make $600,000 this year and get hurt, and then try to negotiate from a position of weakness next year.

    I think he and DRC will get done this offseason, but perhaps DRC will have to prove his worth first.

  71. 71 Arby1 said at 8:04 PM on March 25th, 2012:

    Good mock – I was wondering if Sanu would pop back up for you. But I definitely don’t want to wait till the 5th rd. to find our future SAM. I hope we’ll pick one in the 2nd or 3rd: Wagner, Demario Davis, Keenan Robinson.

  72. 72 Arby1 said at 11:04 AM on March 26th, 2012:

    Thank you for ignoring my brain fart – Luke is SAM! DUH!