The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 9 picks in Day 2 of the NFL Draft, with the first being #80 overall in the 3rd round. The Eagles were certainly active on Day 1, making a total of three trades that netted them additional picks in this year’s draft as well as an additional 1st round pick in next year’s draft (from Carolina). WR DeSean Jackson, drafted yesterday in the second round, should immediately become the Eagles kickoff and punt returner, and with 4.3 speed he should address a glaring need. DT Trevor Laws, also drafted yesterday, should provide good depth at the position and be a part of a dynamic rotation.
Look for the Eagles to address the offensive line with their next pick. In the 4th round, the Eagles have three selections (including a compensatory pick). If they use them all, they should be able to make some nice “value” picks there.
Stay tuned for updates!!
UPDATE (10:50 AM) – With the #80 pick in the 3rd round, the Eagles have selected 6’2″, 231 lb. DE Bryan Smith. Well, I was half right as they DID take a lineman. Seriously, why should I be making predictions at this point? I am not sure what their thinking was with this pick – am I the only one overly concerned about Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan making it through another season? Didn’t we sign Chris Clemons in the off-season as a free agent defensive end? I feel that DE is really not a position we needed to address in the 3rd round. With his “size”, he will obviously be asked to transition to linebacker, but where is he going play on the Eagles?
UPDATE (12:20 PM) – With the #109 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected OG Mike McGlynn. FINALLY! The Eagles have shown a propensity to draft for the future and to also provide depth, so this pick make a lot of sense to me. McGlynn has also played some Offensive Tackle, but projects to be a Guard in the NFL.
UPDATE (12:50 PM) – With the #117 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected S Quintin Demps. Demps has good size and great speed, having been clocked at 4.38 in the 40. Once again, the Eagles are sticking with their system and drafting for the future. In this case, the future might be as soon as next year with the current status of Brian Dawkins so this pick should not be a surprise.