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Top offensive tackle visiting Eagles

Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, considered a potentia Top 5 pick, is visiting the Eagles today, according to Scout.com.

Top offensive tackle visiting Eagles

Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith, considered a potentia Top 5 pick, is visiting the Eagles today, according to Scout.com.

Smith, 6-5 and 309, began his college career as a tight end, but converted to tackle and has been a 3-year starter. He was named an All-American as a senior after missing most of his junior year with a knee injury.

What makes Smith's visit intriguing is that the Eagles would have to move way up in the first round from their current spots at No. 21 and No. 28 in order to be in the running for Smith.

The Scout.com report suggests the Eagles could potentially have interest in the Kansas City Chiefs' spot at No. 3. And that might not be good enough to get Smith. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams want either Smith or Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe at No. 2.

Of course, the other possibility should the Eagles want to get an offensive tackle is Buffalo's Jason Peters, whose situation we have chronicled before here on Eagletarian.

NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock, as part of his evaluations for Daily News readers, has Monroe rated as the highest tackle on the board.

"What separates him from everybody else in my mind is his ability to pass protect, which is what this league is all about," Mayock told our Paul Domowitch. "I’m hearing the same negatives on him that I heard a couple of years ago on Joe Thomas. (They’re saying) he’s not tough enough in the run game. Well, left tackle in the NFL right now is all about pass protection, and he’s got the best feet, and is the best natural pass protector in this entire draft. You plug him in day 1 and he’ll be as solid as can be.’’

Mayock's view on offensive linemen and tight ends will be in tomorrow's Daily News. Today, Mayock looked at the offensive skill position players (click here).

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With all the talk today about potentially available wide receivers you can guess what the first question asked of Giants general manager Jerry Reese was at his predraft media session. Yup, Braylon Edwards.

"I’m not talking about Braylon," Reese said. "That is somebody else’s player. He is under contact and there is nothing to talk about that. There is a lot of chatter, a lot of false reports."

Reese also disputed that receiver was a "glaring need" for the Giants.

When asked why it wasn't, Reese replied, "It’s not like we have no one at receiver. We have some players that we like at wide receiver. I know there has been a lot of chatter about receivers and the Giants and the receiver position. We have good receivers on this team. There are other ways to win football games. We have a powerful running game. Actually I think our running game was number one in the league last year. Our offensive line will be in tact now for three years going into the new season. So I think we will be able to run the football. I think our defense has a chance to be better, so there are different ways to win football games other than having a receiver out there and throwing the ball down the field all of the time. We would love to have that, but if you can’t get that, we will win games other ways."

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The folks at philly.com have assembled a cool archive of coverage of past Eagles draft. You can access it by clicking here.

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