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Eagles Mock Draft

○ The Eagles will almost undoubtedly have to trade up to consolidate draft selections; due to the combination of minimal attrition from last year's roster and a couple of key free agent signings, the Eagles simply don't have 11 open spots on their roster to accommodate their plethora of draft selections. My hypothetical is that they would package all 3 of their 5th round picks for a late 3rd or early 4th rounder from a team that is looking to improve their roster's depth and/or youth. I also would change the 3rd round WR pick if they do as I think they should and sign a veteran WR (Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Drew Carter, Drew Bennett or even possibly Matt Jones- they just need a proven possession guy).

1st (21): Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Okla. St. 6'5" 263 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Relegated to blocking throughout much of his early career due to the Cowboys' focus on other playmakers, Pettigrew is more NFL-ready than most recent collegiate tight ends. Prototype size for the position, with impressive strength on his frame. Good overall musculature, yet has the frame to add additional mass. Physical and determined as a run blocker. Good initial pop and has the lateral quickness and upper body strength to sustain his blocks. Seems to enjoy the physical nature of blocking. Presents a large target to the quarterback and has strong, secure hands. Looks the pass in and quickly turns up-field to generate positive yardage after the catch. A mismatch for defenders due to his size and athleticism. Bullish runner who will drag defenders for extra yardage. Reliable target who rarely drops passes ... Nice understanding of feeling soft spots in coverage ... Has solid speed and makes things happen after the catch ... Very good blocker who puts a lot of effort into this area ... Uses his hands well in pass protection and run blocking ... Can beat the jam and is physical on the line of scrimmage ... Displays good athleticism on jump balls ... Great overall skill set. A nagging ankle injury robbed him of the opportunity of breaking out as a senior, but the natural hands, rare athleticism and brute strength demonstrated throughout his career are the traits scouts look for in a complete tight end. Had an arm span of 34 7/8 inches and a hand span of 10 3/4 inches at the combine.

1st (28): Phil Loadholt, RT/RG, Oklahoma 6'8" 332 lbs.

NFL Analysis: At 6-8 and nearing 350 pounds, Loadholt is aptly named and has the size, strength and flexibility to be a dominant drive blocker in the running game. A left tackle for the Sooners, Loadholt does not possess the initial quickness needed to remain at this critical position in the NFL. With a deep enough kick-slide to move to right tackle to go along with dominance in the running game, Loadholt has early-round potential. Had an arm span of 36 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine. Potentially dominant drive blocker. ... Massive man who can engulf his opponent, turn him away from the ballcarrier and pancake him to the ground. ... Looks to intimidate. ... Only adequate initial quickness off the snap, but has a deep kick-slide and the long arms to keep the pass rusher at bay. ... Natural knee bender who plays with impressive leverage and balance for a man of his size. ... Better lateral quickness than initial...Mammoth frame and strength with a relatively low body fat considering his position ... Extremely long wingspan ... An absolutely powerful, tenacious run blocker ... Finishes the play and buries his opponent ... Very strong hands ... Gets a push at the line of scrimmage ... Has improved penalty rate since junior season ... Good stamina and plays just as hard in the fourth quarter as he does in the first quarter.

2nd (53): Herman Johnson, LG, LSU 6'7" 350 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Possibly the largest player in college football, one might suspect Johnson is a dominant football player because he can block just about anything with his massive girth -- perhaps even sunlight. Displaying surprising athleticism along with his size and strength, Johnson was such a force last season that his play led SEC coaches to vote him First Team all-conference in his first season as the full-time starter. Had an arm span of 36 1/2 inches and a hand span of 11 3/8 inches at the combine. Naturally massive man who looks to be in reasonable shape. Good initial quickness off the snap despite his size. Gives the defensive tackle a formidable jolt with his hand punch and settles into position. Generally plays with good leverage and has the upper body strength to extend his arms and keep the pass rusher at bay. Surprising lateral quickness and balance for a player his size. Alert pass blocker who keeps his head on a swivel. Good straight-ahead drive blocker. Gains movement on his initial surge and has the hand placement and strength to turn defenders from the hole. Slow to get to the second level, but gives good effort and is a such a huge diversion, he can effectively block defenders from the ballcarrier without making the play

3rd (85): Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, UGA 6'2" 212 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Massaquoi entered the 2008 season as a solid three-year contributor for the Bulldogs, piquing the interest of NFL scouts. The tall, smooth receiver stepped up his play considerably as a senior, catching 58 passes for 920 yards and eight touchdowns, while also extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 33.

The breakout performance earned him first-team All-SEC honors from the conference coaches. His coaches and teammates, however, appreciated Massaquoi as a leader as much as a player -- especially in the way he served as a mentor to star freshman A.J. Green. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 7/8 inches at the combine. Prototypical NFL build for the position. Good height and surprising overall musculature with the frame to add additional mass. Possesses at least adequate straight-line speed to challenge deep. Can throttle down to separate from defenders. Long arms which he extends well to make the tough reception. Flashes good leaping ability and body control to snatch high passes out of the air. Good vision for the cutback. Good elusiveness for a receiver of his size. Good size and strength to run through arm tackles and create positive yardage after the reception. Stepped up his level of play as a senior. Became a vocal and on-field leader as a senior. Johnson is probably the most famous player ever to come out of Boise because of his All-American sophomore season (1,713 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns) and impromptu marriage proposal in the end zone after the Broncos' big New Year's Day 2007 win over Oklahoma. But Johnson's production declined to 1,041 yards as a junior and 766 yards as a senior, mostly because his number of carries was reduced by about a third each year. He did get more opportunities to catch the ball the past two seasons, averaging 24 receptions for 271 yards. While not particularly big, fast or quick, Johnson's fortitude, durability (he played in 49 games), receiving skills and potential on special teams could well land him a roster spot. Had an arm span of 31 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Late 3rd/Early 4th

(from trade): Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon St. 6'0" 208 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Tall and thick in upper and lower bodies…Smooth, natural athlete with above average explosiveness in his hips, and adequate fluidity in his turn as well as his backpedal…Tons of experience as a 4 year starter in the Pac-10, often found himself matched up against future NFL WRs like Dwayne Jarrett, Desean Jackson, and …Playmaker, averaged nearly 3 picks a season over his career and showed consistent, steadily increasing production in his all around game from year to year…Displayed a knack for making big plays in crucial situations for his team…Has great instincts and shows the ability to consistently read and react quickly…His leaping ability and solid hands make him a great ballhawk in downfield/ jump ball situations…Very cerebral player with a good character background, Lewis carries himself as a true leader and real professional…His size and intelligence present the possibility to be versatile enough to project as a CB/FS hybrid player at the next level, especially with a brilliant coordinator like Jim Johnson.

4th (121): Andre Brown, RB, NC State 6'0" 224 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Tall and thick in upper and lower bodies. Strong straight-ahead runner. Nimble enough to sidestep and find a running lane. Lowers his pads to run over tacklers. Will keep his legs churning in short-yardage situations and carry linebackers and safeties for a few yards. Able to stand up to blitzing linebackers. Productive receiver who is a mismatch against safeties in the open field. Brown is a strong runner and runs through tackles. He blocks very well and has no trouble picking up blitzing linebackers. Brown has strong hands and he carries the ball very strong which allowed him to have 0 fumbles in his career at NC State. Brown shows good enough instincts that allow him to be successful between the tackles.

Brown is a very good running back with some consistency problems. At times you see him run hard and explosive and pick up good positive yardage and other times you see him be very indecisive and dance around which allows him to be tackled for a loss. His change of direction and cut back ability need to be worked on and I think that is probably his biggest need of improvement. With strengthening his cut back abilities Brown could become a very valuable and versatile back. Brown's ability to recognize the blitz and be a very good blocker makes him a viable prospect to make an impact sooner rather than later on an NFL franchise.

6th (194): Ian Johnson, RB, Boise State 5'11" 212lbs.

NFL Analysis: Very good vision. Anticipates the hole and attacks it. Runs a bit high, but lowers his shoulders around defenders and isn't afraid of contact. Keeps his legs driving to fight for the tough yards, but is more of a finesse runner whose lateral quickness and quick acceleration generates the bulk of his production. Slippery runner who breaks a lot of tackles. Deceptive speed for his upright running style and has quick acceleration. May lack elite breakaway speed, but gets to top speed quickly and can separate from the initial wave of defenders to gain yardage in chunks. Developing receiver who catches the ball cleanly and quickly turns up-field.

6th (195): Donald Washington, CB, OSU 6'0" 198 lbs.

NFL Analysis: Wow! That's all I can say about a 6 foot 200 pound corner who registers a 45" vertical jump. That is some serious explosiveness and athleticism. I don't mind a mid 4.5 forty time from a guy his size, especially when his agility/explosiveness measurable traits are so impressive. His experience against solid competition only helps his case to be a late round pick that could come in and contribute immediately on Special Teams and in Dime situations if needed. A good prospect who could very well be coached into a future starter at the NFL level.

7th (230): Vaughn Martin, DT, Western Ontario 6'3" 330 lbs.

NFL Analysis: A look at his measurables makes you wonder how this kid isn't projected as a mid-round prospect at worst, but then you hear that he played in the CISU last season and start to wonder if he is a tackle or a crime scene investigator…Seriously, though, this kid wound up playing in Canada, but unlike with Vietnam, that shouldn't prevent him from being drafted…Keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size and this allows him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams…Has the functional change of direction agility to work his way down the line…Demonstrates a punishing hand punch and excellent overall strength to easily handle multiple blockers, stack and control…Plants his foot into the ground to anchor at the point of attack and is quite effective at shooting the gaps when working in-line…Leader by example type, but the staff says he will not only play with pain, but simply refuses to come off the field when hurt…Has a strong work ethic and is a good program type that does not hesitate to mentor the younger players…Aware of blocking schemes and does a good job of locking out blockers and locating the ball at the X’s…Solid wrap-up tackler whose strength lets him quickly disengage from blocks…Has the lower body power in his anchor to neutralize the double team action, consistently stacking while holding ground…Has enough speed to slip off some blocks and uses his hands well to keep the opponent off his body…His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed…Also has the feet to adjust on the move…Shows good desire and effort in his lateral pursuit (more on short area play than going long distances)…Does a nice job of neutralizing the outside run and forcing it back inside…His long arms let him engulf ball carriers, showing good strike form to wrap, secure and take down…Presses the corner well and uses his strength to compensate for adequate speed in attempts to pressure the pocket…Gives a good second effort in attempts to disengage…Lacks the extra burst to close on the quarterback, but will collide and push blockers back into the pocket…Has enough functional quickness to pursue from the backside…Has additional value on offense, as he does a good job of staying low in his pads and squaring his shoulders to widen and sustain the rushing lanes as a lead blocker…Uses his powerful leg drive to break tackles and can be a benefit to a team as a short-yardage runner, demonstrating good ball security and the hip snap to break tackles with his inside runs.

All ready has semi-professional experience (Vaughn was offered a scholarship to Michigan State University. But academic issues prevented him from attending and he instead spent two seasons playing in the Central Ontario Football League and enrolling at prep schools in the U.S. in an effort to get his grades up).

The Eagles love (that's right, Love, not like….LOVE!) drafting prolific small school defensive talent and developing them into playmakers (nearly a dozen UDFA and/or DI-AA prospects on their roster over the last couple of years)…Check out some good reads on this guy:

· http://bleacherreport.com/articles/147618-...t-vaughn-martin

· http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/...tsFootball/home

· http://vaughnmartin.com/NFL_Draft_Scout_Report.html

Thoughts on the draft:

Pettigrew offers the prototypical pro-style TE, as he can dominate as an inline and downfield blocker, and also has the sure hands necessary to be a three down contributor at the pro level. Loadholt and Johnson are both massive, athletic big men who have both seen a steady rise in their draft stocks since the end of the season. Both definitely pass the eye-ball test, and you definitely can't coach two guys to measure in at 13 1/2 feet tall and nearly 700 lbs put together. MoMo has been another riser, as he has all the intangibles that can be so crucial for WRs to succeed in the pros, and teams believe that you can coach good fundamental players to catch better (i.e. Roddy White). Lewis and Washington are two high potential players, each with very good athleticism and better than average instincts and football I.Q. They would add an instant influx of solid young depth than can back up multiple positions in the Eagles' secondary, while also contributing on Special Teams. The addition of Brown and Johnson would bring some much needed depth and versatility to the Eagles' offensive backfield. I think Westbrook still has a couple of really good years ahead of him, so long as the offense isn't forced to pound him into the ground all season like they have been known to do from time to time. Andre Brown provides the size and the pop that they need to pound out the short runs between the tackles, as well as to compliment Westbrook's shiftiness. He also has exceptional receiving skills that are a must have for backs in Andy Reid's version of the West Coast offense. He is a dedicated and willing blocker as well, a trait that I'm sure Reid has taken notice of and surely appreciates. Johnson is a good developmental depth player, as he can contribute early on Special Teams, and could develop into a very Westbrook-like player in the future.

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