With Major Holes Filled, Eagles Can Draft Best Available Talent In First Round

Posted on March 20, 2012


By Maurice Brewington


Immediately, I expect some push back for the headline.  Most would say we need to find a starting caliber safety. Others, a strong DT. I would not really disagree with either assessment , however, I think I know someone who might?

With the acquisition of DeMeco Ryans, and resigning of Evan Mathis, the Eagles have taken care of two major areas of need going into 2012, solidifying the MLB position, and ensuring continuity on the offensive line.

Many are skeptical of the young trio of safeties currently manning the secondary. (That will be the only time I use the word manning in this post, well aside from that one, but last time I swear!) I for one would be willing to watch the three take the field this season with another year of experience under their belts, and see where the feathers fly.

The other point of contention most fans have is the lack of a big block-eating, offensive line collapsing DT. Cullen Jenkins avoided the chopping block by redoing his one year old pact with the team. Antonio Dixon, Restricted Free Agent, tendered at $1.927M with a second-round pick as compensation, will return from an injury marred 2011.While Unrestricted Free Agent Derek Landri is rumored to remain in the teams plans.Trevor Laws may be gone after a disappointing first season in the Wide Nine. Which leaves second year player, Cedric Thorton, and Mike Patterson.

Patterson is currently recovering from brain surgery this off season to alleviate the cause of last summers frightening seizure during training camp at Lehigh. It is worth noting he is due upwards of $22 Million over the remaining 5 seasons on his current deal, $2.1 M of which is due in 2012. I find it hard to envision him on the roster beyond this year, as his salary begins to escalate.

If I where Howard Roseman, or Big Red, I would spend the 15th pick, or possibly move up if necessary to get Dontari Poe, this years Combine crushing stud of the moment. A DT who’s feats of strength and agility wowed both bloggers and fans alike. But, those of you who read my Vontaze Burfict story understand why I’m a blogger and a fan, and not a NFL scout.

If any area needed to be bolstered right now, it would seem like Safety, or DT would be the obvious choices. But Coach Reid may be completely happy with his current crop of defensive lineman, and young safeties. At least enough to not feel compelled to spend a first rounder on one.

***TRIVIA TIME*** Name the 3 players acquired by the Eagles as a result of draft picks gained in the Donovan McNabb trade?***

With the possibility of snatching a quality interior lineman in the middle rounds, (between 2-4), and having spent two 2nd rounders in recent years on safety, the Birds may opt for the always  luxurious option of drafting …”The Best Player Available”!

Imagine if you will, Stanford guard, David DeCastro, falling to # 15, could you pass up what many say is a can’t miss 10 year starting guard? OK, maybe you could, but could Andy? How about adding North Carolina’s Quinton Coples to the DE rotation? At 6’6″, 280lbs, Coples would be a beast coming off the edge on passing downs, while spelling Cole and Babin, dramatically increasing our opportunities to watch Eli make that stupid “Gosh Dang It” face!

Georgia OT, Cordy Glenn might make sense considering there are only two seasons remaining on Jason Peters’ contract.Perhaps ‘Bama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, who despite a stellar collegiate career, is battling speculation that his lack of speed, quick twitch movement may relegate him to playing safety on the next level.

And let’s not forget option number two…the dreaded “Philadelphia has traded their pick,#15 in round one in exchange for Baltimore’s 29th, and and a 3rd and 4th round pick in 2013.”….I know, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, but realistically, there will still be a gang of quality talent at the end of round one. If they can land the right package of picks, it wouldn’t be the worst thing they could do.

***TRIVIA ANSWER****The three players acquired with the picks from the McNabb trade are…

Nate Allen, 37th pick 2010, Casey Matthews, 116th in 2011,(the 116th pick was the product of the original 4th round pick from the McNabb deal(104th in 2011) which the Eagles traded to Tampa for #116 in 2011, and a 2012 4th round pick(99th overall) that was used today to land, Demeco Ryans, acquired from Houston.

Thanks to @Jimmy_beast from http://bloggingthebeast.com/for tweeting that tidbit earlier today. I had to google my way through a swamp of articles to prove it for myself.

Speaking of McNabb, did I mention we could use another QB? I’ll save that for another time.

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