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Mock drafts: Who will the Eagles take?

Here are some more mock drafts, plus some other links to pass along.

Mock drafts: Who will the Eagles take?

Could the Eagles be eying Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, left, seen here during practice? (AP file photo/David Zalubowski)
Could the Eagles be eying Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, left, seen here during practice? (AP file photo/David Zalubowski)

Here are some more mock drafts, plus some other links to pass along.

ESPN.com's Todd McShay is another one who has the Eagles taking Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi:

Outside linebacker is a bigger need, but no available prospect fits the Eagles' scheme and is worth this pick. Carimi has versatility to play tackle or guard immediately and should develop into a very good starting tackle -- likely on the right side -- in the very near future.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Birds taking Carimi also:

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Andy Reid always seems to draft big people. He can use another tough-guy offensive lineman. Carimi, the Outland Trophy winner, is a tackle, but he could also play guard.

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com projects the Birds to take Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith:

The Eagles feature one of the league's best corners in Asante Samuel, but have struggled with consistency on the other side without journeyman Ellis Hobbs. Smith's frame and rare agility have earned comparisons from scouts to former Ravens' star Chris McAlister.

Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com has the Eagles going with Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod:

Andy Reid likes to use his first round picks to build up the offensive and defensive lines. Sherrod's mobility and pass protection ability are impressive.

SI.com's Don Banks says the Eagles' biggest offseason question is: Can they afford to keep Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick?

Financially? Yes. Strategically, probably not. The Eagles will franchise Vick if franchise tags are in play, waiting until a new CBA is in place to try to work out a long-term deal with No. 7. That's a $20 million one-year commitment, but it's the price Philly may have to pay to secure its starting quarterback for 2011. As for Kolb, he's on the books for just less than $1.4 million this year, so the Eagles could keep him if they don't like any of the trade offers they get. But they should get some solid bids, because there are so many QB-needy teams. Arizona, Minnesota, San Francisco and Tennessee make the most sense to come after Kolb, and someone might just be willing to part with a first-round pick.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com identifies what he thinks the Eagles need to be a contender:

A meshing of the new coaching staff. After a first-round playoff loss to Green Bay, Eagles brass made far more offseason staff changes than expected. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was axed and replaced by offensive line coach Juan Castillo, an extremely risky move considering the latter lacks prior experience in the position. Snagging well-respected defensive line coach Jim Washburn from Tennessee was a coup, but the Eagles also lost secondary coach Dick Jauron to a Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator position.

Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 12th in his season-ending power rankings:

No team made a more stunning coaching move than to shift offensive line coach Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator. At least the Eagles were able to pry veteran offensive line coach Howard Mudd out of his brief retirement. The Eagles, however, have issues on defense to address at several positions.


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