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Eagles Draft Day 2: What the experts are saying

Here's the local and national buzz on the Eagles' plans for the second round of the NFL Draft.

Eagles Draft Day 2: What the experts are saying

Geno Smith during West Virginia University football pro day in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Smith)
Geno Smith during West Virginia University football pro day in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Smith)

Here's the local and national buzz on the Eagles' plans for the second round of the NFL Draft.

"I don’t think the Eagles will pull the trigger on [Geno] Smith. If they really wanted him they could have traded into the back end of the first round."

--Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer

"I’m not ruling Manti Te’o out, either. This guy was recently regarded as one of the top players in the country. Then came the championship game and the stories about his personal life, and that stock plunged big time. Two questions: Is he a fit for Chip Kelly‘s defensive scheme, and does he have thick enough skin to endure all the attention/ribbing he’ll receive in a major market? If the answer is yes on both fronts, then you might be getting a steal."

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--Tim McManus, Philly Mag

"...the Eagles may wheel and deal a little bit, but I have a feel that the focus is going to move over to the defensive side."

--Ray Didinger, CSN Philly

"Geno Smith is still there, and the Eagles are still presumably in need of a franchise quarterback of the future not named Nick Foles to run Chip Kelly's offense."

--Nick Fierro, Allentown Morning Call

"If Smith fails in the NFL, it won't matter where the Eagles took him. With that in mind, you have to wonder if Roseman will decide that if he didn't like Smith enough at No. 4, they don't like him at all."

--Eliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com

"...since the Eagles have so many weaknesses, using their remaining picks on the most talented players available isn’t such a difficult proposition."

--Jason Wolf, Delaware News Journal

"The Eagles could still add to the offense -- tight end, anyone? -- or they could get back to addressing the defense with some help for the front seven. Look at the defensive line and think about who is starting there. Is, for example, Cedric Thornton ready to be a starter in this league?"

--Dave Spadaro, Eagles Insider

"I doubt they'll trade up for Smith (because they could have done so last night), and if he's gone I'm guessing they wait a few rounds for someone like Arizona quarterback Matt Scott."

--Dave Graziano, ESPN.com

"Athletic and physical, [Jamar] Taylor would be a steal at this point in the draft for an Eagles' squad needing help at cornerback."

--Ron Rang, CBS Sports

"Geno goes to Philly where he backs up Michael Vick and Nick Foles for a year, learns Kelly’s offense, and is the ideal system QB."

--Peter Schrager, FOX Sports

"Philly's defense gets more physical by selecting immovable [Jesse] Williams."

--Evan Silva, NFL Editor for Rotoworld

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