Draft mockery 3: Birds' 2d, 3d picks ...

Projecting the first round of the NFL draft is dicey enough.

But more than a few online mock drafts don't stop there.

No, some actually project all seven rounds of this year's draft, which begins April 26.

Even though it's tough to predict a pick when a team is finally on the clock.

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But hey, fans enjoy learning the names, if not the guessing games.

So, for Eagles fans, we're delving a little deeper in Part Two of this week's "Draft Mockery" lists. (For the first-round projections, go to: "Draft Mockery 2: The Eagles pick ...")

Here are some fearless prognostications the Eagles' second- and third-round picks.

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SECOND ROUND, PICK 49 OVERALL

Offensive tackle Carl Nicks, Nebraska.  6-foot-5, 330 pounds. "It appears 2006 draft pick Winston Justice was a miss," and if guard Shawn Andrews  is shifted to tackle, Nicks, a senior, could shift to guard, says Gregory Cox of thefootballexpert.com (March 20). Also projected by nfldraftblitz.com (March 23).

Defensive end Calais Campbell, Miami. 6-8, 280 pounds. "All the potential in the world," but his stock fell "due to a poor junior season and poor workouts," says Michael Abromowitz of thefootballexpert.com (March 23). Indeed, he was tabbed as the Eagles' first-rounder on March 4 by draftking.com, which said he is a "massive player ... quick and skilled at sacking the quarterback."

Wide receiver Early Doucet, LSU. 6 foot, 205 pounds. "Probably projects as a number two option ... decent speed ... excellent hands ... great value," says fantasyfootballjungle.com (March 25), which concedes he might go late-first round. Indeed, that's just where the Eagles might pick him up, according to djnflmockdraft.com (March 20).

Wide receiver Devin Thomas, Michigan State. 6-foot-2, 218 pounds. Eagles might take two receivers in a row, first James Hardy and then this junior, according prodraftguide.net (March 19).

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, USC.  6-foot-4, 270 pounds. "The Iggles love to select defensive linemen early and this would be an outstanding value pick," says nfldraftcountdown.com (March 17).

Safety DaJuan Morgan, NC State. 6-foot, 205 pounds.  With no top offensive tackles left, Eagles might take this junior as eventual replacement for Brian Dawkins, says Scout.com (March 27).

THIRD ROUND, PICK 80 OVERALL

Offensive tackle Duane Brown, Virginia Tech. 6-foot-5, 290 pounds. Senior. "A bit under-rated .. can provide depth behind aging veterans [William "Tre"]  Thomas and [Jon] Runyan, and hopefully do a better job than Winston Justice who got killed against the Giants last year," says fantasyfootballjungle.com.

Safety Thomas DeCoud, California. 6-foot-2, 204 pounds. Senior is a "versatile player" who can play either safety spot, or "contribute on special teams," says Gregory Cox of thefootballexpert.com.

Safety Jamar Adams, Michigan. 6-foot-2, 212 pounds. Senior. Projected by Michael Abromowitz of thefootballexpert.com.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt. 6-foot, 200 pounds. Junior. Projected by nfldraftblitz.com (March 23).

Linebacker Marcus Howard, Georgia. Projected by prodraftguide.net.


Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.