Andy, stop eating and draft.

The 2012 NFL Draft will begin Thursday, April 26th at 8:00PM ET. This should be an interesting year for Philadelphia Eagles sitting at pick 15 come draft day. I think that there is no chance the Eagles decide to go with an offensive player in Round 1, but knowing how terrible Andy Reid and the Eagles front office is on this day, God only knows. The 3 positions that I see the Eagles pushing for are LB, S and DT. With the Eagles replacing Jason Peters (who is on the IR due to a ruptured achilles) with Demetrius Bell I really don’t see a first round need for them on the offensive side.

Philadelphia Also filled their LB position this off season picking up Demeco Ryans from the Houston Texans. Assuming Demeco Ryans stays healthy all year, he will finally be that missing piece that hasn’t been filled in the LB position since Jeremiah Trotter. Even though the Eagles picked up Ryans there is still more need at the LB position.

The Eagles number 1 need on Defense right now is Saftey. Since the departure of Brian Dawkins the Eagles have had trouble filling that position. Barring injury, Nate Allen has filled in ok at the Safety position but there is still need for depth and a game changer.

Finally, the Defensive Tackle position needs some depth. In the past the Philadelphia Eagles loved filling up their middle with undersized tackles. Luckily this year there is a lot of size so I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that. Going into this draft there is plenty of depth at the defensive tackle position.

Below is a list of players that I would be happy with snagging up in round 1.

Mark Barron, S from Alabama– A run stopping Safety with great hands and reaction skills which often puts him in position to make the big play. Against the run, Barron is a cannon ball blowing up plays in the 2nd level. He can also track down speedy receivers against the pass.

Luke Kuechly, ILB from Boston College– It’s been years since the NFL has seen a LB come out of college as ready as Kuechly is. With the basic instincts and knowledge of the game Kuechly could be an impact player right away. Kuechlys ability to shed blockers and keeping himself free to the ball is one of his strengths. With his speed and awareness of the ball it makes him capable of covering the more athletic TE’s we have been seeing rise in the NFL.

Fletcher Cox, DT from Mississippi State– Cox is an athletic player who somehow always finds his way making plays on the other side of the line-of-scrimmage. Cox is known for this speed off of the ball which allows him to make first impact on the Offensive Lineman and  puts him in position to blow up plays in the back field. The way Cox uses his hands allows separation from the O-Line and gives him free will to use his speed to track down the ball carrier. The potential for Cox is through the roof which is why he is being eyed early in the draft.

Dontari Poe, DT from Memphis– Dontari Poe is a freakishly athletic enormous man. At the combine the 6’3 346LBS turned heads with his performance. Bench pressing 225LBS 44 times (which is a combine record) and running his 40 yard dash in 4.98 seconds there is no doubt he has the athletic ability for the next level. Due to Poes strength and speed it brings on the double team often. Other then the fact he played his career at Memphis against medicore college ball, he is everything you want in a prospect entering the draft.

And finally,

Michael Brockers, DT from LSU– Brockers is another one of those monster Defensive Tackles entering the draft. Great ability to handle the double teams and gets a lot of the Offensive Lines attention. His tree trunk legs and long arms give him the ability to out leverage his opponents. He has a nose for the ball and always seems to be in the mix of things.

Whether the Eagles have to jump up the board to grab one of these guys or one of them drops and they are just sitting in their lap this is what we need. None of these picks are considered “sexy” but I see each one impacting the defense from the start. Andy Reids track record tells us this won’t happen but his ass is on the hot seat. Do the right thing Reid, your job depends on it.


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