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Overall Grade – A

Round 1 – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.A

I love this pick.  He is the guy I wanted and he’s nearly a can’t miss prospect.  Fletcher Cox will be one of the bets DTs in the NFL within a few years.  He’s nearly unblockable.  He’s the most athletic DT, is instinctive and uses his hands well.  He was only a junior when he came out, so he’s only 21.  This is the best Eagles first round pick in a long time.    

Round 2 – Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal - A-

Kendricks has a lot of potential to be a very good linebacker.  He is super athletic and was productive in college.  At times he looked a little weak on tape.  I’d like to see him put on 10 lbs of muscle and he will be dominant.

Round 2 – Vinny Curry, DE, MarshallA -

I like Vinny Curry a lot.  I also love that he’s an Eagles fan.  Curry is one of the more athletic DEs.  High athleticism was one of the overall trends of this draft.  Curry is strong and relentless.  He has great change of direction ability, but not elite speed off the edge.

Round 3 – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – B

Nike Foles is a developmental prospect.  He has great size and has the potential to develop into a starter.  His  footwook are some what questionable, however he did complete nearly 70% of his passes during his senior year.

Round 4 – Brandon Boykin, CB/KR, Georgia - A

I love this pick for the 4th round.  Boykin has a chance to develop into a starter early on.  He’s one of the most athletic CBs and was productive throughout his college career.  He can also return kicks and punts.

Round 5 – Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue - C

I’m not very impressed with Kelly.  He has good size, but isn’t very athletic.  There were better prospects available at this pick.

Round 6 – Marvin McNutt Jr, WR, Iowa – A

I really like McNutt for the 6th round.  He was very productive his senior year.  According to his measurables he’s more athletic than Blackmon and bigger.  McNutt has a good opportunity to make the team and eventually be our third or fourth receiver.

Round 6 – Brandon Washington, OL, Miami - B -

While I think that Washington is more likely to pan out than Kelly, I don’t love him.  He’s got good size, but isn’t very athletic.

Round 7 – Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State – A

Brown was a solid pick for the 7th round.  He has good size at 230 lbs and good overall athleticism.  He was also a highly recruited high school player.  He has very little experience in college, only playing one full year.  He has good vision and has a good change to make the team as the third RB.

Bold names are my favorite prospects

Round 1 (15th overall pick) – Fletcher Cox, DT or David DeCastro, G  If neither are available, I would take Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or trade down
Round 2 (46th overall pick) - Shea McClellin, ILB/DE or  Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G

Round 2 (51st overall pick) - Josh Robinson CB or Brandon Brooks, G
Round 3 (88th overall pick) - Mike Martin, DT (If we don’t get Cox) or Donald Stephenson, OT

Round 4 (114th overall pick) – Jay Howard, DT  or Derek Wolfe, DT (If we don’t get Cox)
Round 5 (153rd overall pick) – Asa Jackson, CB  or Jake Bequette, DE

Round 6 (172nd overall pick) – Jonathan Grimes, RB or Terrence Fredrick, CB if we haven’t taken a CB and if we trade Asante

Round 6 (194th overall pick) – Tom Compton, OT

Round 6 (200th overall pick) – Jerron McMillan, FS

Rookie Free Agents

Deshawn Shead, S

Jordan White WR

Cody Pearcy WR

Derek Carrier, TE

NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

Updated: 4/17/12

Terenna’s Mock:

No. 1: Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB

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Andrew Luck seems to be the safest QB pick. He has the potential lead the team for the next 10 years.

No. 2: Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB

Griffin has superb athleticism as well as a rocket arm. He can be an immediate high performer for the Redskins. Expect him to rack up plenty of rushing yards.

No. 3: Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, USC, OT

Matt Kalil is the bets left tackle in the draft. The Vikings fill a need with a safe pick.

No. 4: Cleveland Browns – Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR

I believe that Colt McCoy can get it done if he has an elite receiver to throw two. Justin Balckmon is his man. Another possibility would be draft Ryan Tannehill and draft a later WR. While there are good WRs you can get in the later rounds, Tannehill isn’t a pro ready prospect. McCoy has NFL experience and some success.

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB

Claiborne is the best CB in the draft and fills their most pressing need. Some people have the Bucs taking Trent Richardson, but I think it’s a mistake. Sure, Trent could be very good, but they already have LeGarrette Blount who is good in his own right. They can draft a speedy complement to LeGarrette later in the draft.

No. 6: St. Louis Rams – Riley Reiff, Iowa, OT

A WR is possible here or DT, but the Rams need help on their O-line the most. If they went DT I would go with Fletcher Cox. He’s going to be a steal.

No. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, ILB

Kuechly was not only super productive in college, he tested well at the combine. I wasn’t always impressed with him on tape, in the run game, but he covers very well. This could be high for Kuechly, but I think he’s a safer bet than the other WRs and DEs available at this point.

No. 8: Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB

The Dolphins take a chance on a QB with potential. He doesn’t appear to be a pro ready prospect, but could develop nicely.

No. 9: Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DT

DT isn’t the Panther’s biggest need but, Cox is a natural penetrator in the pass game . He is the most pro-ready DT prospect. He looks great on tape, has good production and good athleticism.

No. 10: Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, OLB

Upshaw fits in nicely as a rush linebacker into the Bills 3-4 defensive system.

No. 11: Kansas City Chiefs - Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB

Richardson, is a steal at 11. The Chiefs need a running back due to injury. It’s a no brainer. They could also consider Dontari Poe, DT, but he scares me a bit. He has great size and good athleticism, but he doesn’t have much in the way of production. I would take the safer pick.

No. 12: Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE

Coples will give the Seahawks a powerful one two punch from their DEs. My only concern with Coples is his average athleticism.

No. 13: Arizona Cardinals – David DeCastro, Stanford, G

DeCastro is the best guard and will greatly improve the Cardinals O-line.

No. 14: Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, Alabama, SS

Mark Barron is a productive, strong, SS with a good awareness. The Cowboys get the best player remaining on the board and a powerful defender.

No. 15: Philadelphia Eagles – Shea McClellin, Boise State, DE

McCellin has the size, speed, awareness and motor to be a dominant run stuffer and tough to block pass rusher. I would put him at ILB and move Demeco Ryans to the outside. I would have liked Cox, DT here, but it’s unlikely he will fall to 15.

No. 16: New York Jets – Whitney Mercilus, Illinois, DE

The Jets need linebacker and pass rush help, Mercilus gives them both. He was a one year wonder, but was very productive during that year. He has the size and athleticism to make an impact. I’ve seen some people put Dont’a Hightower here, but I’m not very impressed with him. He has a higher bust potential than Mercilus, with a lower upside.

No. 17: Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Adams, Ohio State, OT

Mike Adams gives them they help they desperately need on their O-line.

No. 18: San Diego Chargers – Cordy Glenn, Georgia, OT

Glenn (345lbs) is a powerful tackle that the Chargers could move to guard.

No. 19: Chicago Bears – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB

The bears desperately need help at CB. Gilmore gives them that help. While he’s not super productive, he is super athletic. He has high potential.

No. 20: Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz, Wisconsin, C

Would be a huge help for their run game. While they have other needs, Konz is going to make the biggest difference.

No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals – Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, DE

Ingram has high potential. He’s super athletic and still improving. He’ll play LB for the Bengals.

No. 22: Cleveland Browns – Josh Robinson, Central Florida, CB

While not from a big school Robinson is the real deal. He’ll become a probowl player next to Haden. Others have Dre Kirkpatrick above Robinson, but I disagree.

No. 23: Detroit Lions – Jonathan Martin, Stanford, OT

Give the Lions help at tackle for the oft injured Stafford.

No. 24: Pittsburgh Steelers – Dontari Poe, Memphis, DT

Gives the Steelers a young NT with a high potential. He could also be a bust without proper coaching or motivation.

No. 25: Denver Broncos – Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin, G

Gives the Broncos help on their weak O-line.

No. 26: Houston Texans -Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR

The Texans get a huge steal at a position of great need. He’ll play alongside Johnson when Johnson’s not injured and for him when he is.

No. 27: New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, Michigan St., DT

While I”m not super high on him, he does fill a need if he pans out. I’m scared away by his average production.

No. 28: Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry, Southern Cal, OLB

The Packers need to increase their sack total from last year. Perry gives the Packers a good complement to Clay Matthews.

No. 29: Baltimore Ravens – Mychal Kendricks, Cal, ILB

Kendricks has the athleticism to eventually take over for Ray Lewis, who will help him reach his potential.

No. 30: San Francisco 49ers – Kendall Wright, Baylor, WR

Gives the 9ers a super productive receiver to train behind Moss.

No. 31: New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, FS

Smith has good production and athleticism to be an early contributer.

No. 32: New York Giants – Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE

Gives the Giants a great receiving TE to work with on offense.

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If we want a winning team, we need to…

By: Terenna

1.  Coaching- Andy Reid needs to leave.  Release Howard Mudd.  Release Juan Castillo. Then allow the new coach to keep or release the other assistant coaches.  I want a head coach that believes in power and dominating the trenches.  It’s how you win a Superbowl.  I just read a rumor that Juan might be going and Steve Spagnuolo could return as Reid’s defensive coordinator.  That would be a step in the right direction.

No longer the Answer

2.  Overall Defense – I  would began to draft, trade and pick up defensive players fit for a 3-4 defensive system.  I would move Brandon Graham and Trent Cole to linebacker.  I would keep Chaney in at LB and I would draft another high round LB.  I would then move Cullen Jenkins to DE, bring in another mid round DE prospect or FA and then draft a high round Nose Tackle.  We can’t make the switch until we bring in a good Powerful Nose Tackle.

3.  The Run Defense (if we keep our current system)- The wide 9 is undoubtedly a good system for getting sacks with your front four.  The two concerns about the wide 9 are, that the D line leaves huge run gaps and that they are only responsible for one gap.   It’s not their responsibility to play two gaps to try to stop the run.    Solution: We can do one of two things.  Either move away from the wide 9 system entirely or bring in a big run stuffing inside linebacker and a run stuffing safety for running downs.  Our run defense has been terrible at times and gives up the 11th worst rushing average.  I would spend two of my top four picks on Linebackers.  I would also allow Brandon Graham to convert to inside linebacker.  He has the athleticism and size to be a dominant run stuffing LB.

4.  The Goal Line Offense and Power Rushing – We can’t beat the D-line when rushing for short yardage, up the center.  We are third in negative plays up the center and third to last  in Rush Pwr [up the center] = Percentage of rushes on 3rd or 4th down with 2 or fewer yards to go that achieved a first down or TD. Also includes rushes on 1st-and-goal and 2nd-and-goal from the opponent’s 2-yard line or closer (NFL.com).  Howard Mudd likes to have smaller more athletic centers and guards which is good at running on the outside because of pulling O-line men, but terrible up the front because they are small and weak.  I would also release Howard Mudd.  I’m not a fan of his system.  Power wins games.    Solution: Change the O-line system and increase strength and power.   Draft another center and a guard and allow Jamaal Jackson to compete for the starting job.  I would spend two of our top 4 picks on offensive linemen.

5.  Drafting and Free Agency (if our system doesn’t change) – Top needs 1. Linebacker 2. Guard 3. Center 4. Guard 5. Safety (run-stuffing).  I would consider trading Asomugha for a run stuffing linebacker if we can’t find one in the draft.  Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s stats are as good as Asomugha’s despite playing less. They’ve both been burned by big plays, but based on DRC’s young age and past production I would rather keep him.

6.  GM and Draft War Room – The Eagles could improve their drafting success, but hiring me.   I can be contacted here.  My Top 5 Prospects for the Eagles 2010 draft has been pretty successful.  Take a Look.   LeGarrette Blount RB, Victor Cruz WR  were late round steels .  Alterraun Verner CB and Navorro Bowman OLB are mid-round superstars.  Jared Veldheer OT and Maurkice Pouncey C/G are great and our O-line would be able to convert short yardage.  Especially with Blount running behind it.

(If there is ever football again)

Rookie Free Agent Pick Ups

1.  Nick Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan

Never too many Linebackers

Bellore is limited in coverage and as a pass-rusher but has the size, smarts, motor and toughness to develop into an effective two-down run-stopper and contributor on special teams (ESPN.com). He is certainly athletic enough to make it as a linebacker in the NFL and during three of his four years he posted over 100 tackles.  Since I wasn’t very happy with the other Linebackers that we drafted, we should get Bellore to increase the competition level.  He could end up beating out a few of the linebackers that we drafted ( ie. Brian Rolle and Greg Lloyd)

2. Scott Lutrus, OLB, Connecticut
Lutrus comes with durability concerns but he showed well at the NFL combine and has the speed, toughness and smarts to provide depth on the strong side for a base 4-3 defense (ESPN.com).  I’m not  as high on Lutrus as Bellore, but if we don’t get Bellore, he would be a solid second pick.  Showed that he could play during his freshman and sophmore years, but his production and durability dropped off greatly during his junior and senior years.

3. Joe Lefeged, S, Rutgers

Lefeged possesses a nice combination of size and straight-line speed, and the range, discipline and toughness to contribute as a sub-package safety and special-teams player early in his career. He also has the ability to develop into a starting strong safety in time (ESPN.com).

4. Zach Hurd, G, Connecticut
Hurd has good size (6-6¾, 316), strength and long arms, plus the natural ability and toughness to develop into a quality backup guard in the NFL (ESPN.com).

5. Martin Parker, DT, Richmond
Parker has the size (6-2⅛, 303) and athleticism to play DT.  He also had amazing statistics finishing his career with 19 sacks, 46 tackles for a loss, and 288 tackles.  The downside is that he played at Richmond a smaller school.  He is certainly going to be picked up and it should be by the Eagles.

6. Ricky Henry, G, Nebraska
Henry is a blue-collar player with excellent toughness and a mean streak, and he flashes above-average upper-body strength in the run game (ESPN.com).  We can use a few more Offensive Lineman in camp to shake things up and I’ve always been a fan of tough smash-mouth lineman.

7. Pierre Allen, DE, Nebraska
Allen has the size (6-3½, 273), upper-body strength and long arms to provide depth and possibly develop into a starting left end in a four-man front (ESPN.com).  He looks like he has some potential to be an effective backup lineman.  He had alright statistics but limited measurable.  He probably doesn’t have the speed to turn the corner in the NFL, but certainly has the size to play DE.

Other Trades and FA Pick Ups

I want to trade Kevin Kolb as soon as possible for as much as possible.  I still have my reservations about Kolb as a starting QB in the NFL.  I certainly saw flashes of his ability last year, but we don’t need him.  Vick is playing lights out and I really like Mike Kafka as a back up.  I would however bring in a a second veteran QB into the mix.  If we can trade Kolb for a first round pick and a starting CB we would be much better off.

If we don’t trade Kolb or don’t get a starting CB in the mix, we need to pick one up in FA.  The obvious name is Nnamdi Asomugha, but we’ll see what happens there.  I tend to think that he is going to be too expensive and he’s not getting any younger.  Still, I would love to have him.  I also would consider bringing in another veteran linebacker and possible DE or DT, but I don’t think that a D-lineman is absolutely necessary.  Lastly, if we can get a solid offensive lineman in FA, we should do that too.  I’m still not sold on Winston Justice and I’m concerned that Jamaal Jackson isn’t going to be himself at center.

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