Mock drafts: Who will the Eagles take?
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Mock drafts: Who will the Eagles take?
Sheil Kapadia, Philly.com
Here's the weekly roundup of mock drafts with projections on who the Eagles could take:
In his first version over on Eagletarian, Paul Domowitch of the Daily News has the Eagles taking Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com has a new name going to the Birds: Arizona outside linebacker/defensive end Brooks Reed:
The selection of Reed here probably will be a surprise to some because the team has shown no interest in him. The Eagles, if you recall correctly, kept their interest in defensive end Brandon Graham a secret before last year's draft. Reed is well respected by the scouting community, which is a big reason why he could go higher than most fans think. Reed could fill the “joker” role.
SI.com's Peter King has the Eagles taking Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins, but says they should take Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith:
Baylor coach Art Briles has been saying for the past year that Watkins, the former firefighter from Canada who didn't play football until junior college, would be a first-round pick. And he was hooted down. Art, you're going to have the last laugh. Philadelphia would consider pass rushers Aldon Smith and Adrian Clayborn here. But Andy Reid has an affinity for O-linemen, and Watkins is the kind of tough player Eagles fans will love.
ESPN.com's Todd McShay has the Eagles taking Smith:
Smith is neck-and-neck with Amukamara from a talent standpoint and is on the rise as teams get more comfortable with his character and their ability to keep him focused. He 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.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com has a three-round mock up. He's got the Eagles going with Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson in the first round:
Capable of playing the five-technique defensive tackle spot in the 3-4 or the DT position in the 4-3, Wilkerson did both in his three years at Temple. A former hoops star from Linden, N.J., he’s a run stuffer inside with pass-rushing capabilities. Andy Reid loves building from the inside out, and in Wilkerson, he can add depth to a defensive line that was ravaged by injuries last season.
Schrager has Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley going to the Birds in the second round and Cortez Allen, a cornerback from The Citadel, going to the Eagles in the third.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has the Eagles taking Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round, while Chad Reuter has them going with Smith.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com also has the Birds going with Carimi:
Andy Reid would love to address the Eagles' vulnerable secondary with this pick, but the top three cornerbacks are already off the board. By selecting Carimi, he addresses the suspect play at right tackle with a big, physical blocker with excellent skills in the run game.
Brian Baldinger of NFL.com has the Eagles taking Watkins:
I can see the Eagles trading down and gaining some picks here. Andy Reid likes taking linemen, and the Eagles need to protect Vick more than they did last season. They played musical chairs at right guard, and Watkins steps in as the starter. He has great hands, and you have to pass protect first in Philly. The Eagles need a cornerback, but they won’t take the risk involved with Jimmy Smith, who isn’t an Eagles-type pick.
Charles Davis of NFL.com has the Birds going with Smith:
Questions abound about Smith, but not about his on-field abilities. A bit of a gamble for the Eagles, but they need a CB with his size and speed.
Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk.com also has the Eagles taking Smith:
A legitimate top-15 talent with shutdown ability, Smith’s character concerns won’t cause him to slip past an Eagles defense that may be one right cornerback away from a Super Bowl appearance. Smith is a true man-to-man, “press” corner with enough physicality to also fill hard in run support.