Monday, April 03, 2006
Free-agency in the rear-view mirror now, Eagles fans are looking ahead to the NFL draft. Crystall-ball gazing's tough, though, since 13 teams pick ahead of the Birds. But a survey of online mock drafts turns up some interesting prospects. Some seem dubious (the Eagles revisit the Freddie Mitchell era and take a first-round receiver?) but at least this list should help non-draftniks join the conversation.
LenDale White, running back, 6-foot-1, 238 pounds, USC. Projected as Eagles' pick in mock drafts by ESPN.com, about.com, Ourlads, draftgurus.com, and insidetheeagles.com. Thinking: Eagles need a big back to complement Brian Westbrook. Flaw in that thinking: Would mean a switch in philosophy for pass-happy Andy Reid.
Santanio Holmes, wide receiver, 5-11, 190, Ohio State. Projected by foxsports.com, sportsnutz.com, nflgurus.com, fantasy football toolbox. Thinking: Polished wideout with deep speed could be a No. 1 target. Flaw: With Reggie Brown, Todd Pinkston and newly signed Jabar Gaffney, Eagles see bigger needs.
Ernie Sims, outside linebacker, 6-0, 220, Florida State. Projected by Sports Illustrated's Don Banks and foxsports.com. Thinking: Fills a definite need. Flaw: Eagles value linemen more.
Broderick Bunkley, defensive tackle, 6-3, 284, Florida State. Projected by nfldraftcountdown.com. Thinking: Would plug a big hole. Flaw: Could be gone by pick 14.
Leonard Pope, tight end, Georgia Projected by draftking.com. Thinking: Potential impact player. Flaw: Eagles may think they're set at tight end, with L.J. Smith, Matt Schobel.
Chad Jackson, wide receiver, 6-1, 205, Florida. Projected by footballsfuture.com. Thinking: "Size and talent." Flaw: See Santanio Holmes above.
Chad Greenway, outside linebacker, 6-4, 244, Iowa. Projected by ComcastSportsnet.com.
Thinking: Better guys will be gone. Flaw: If they are gone, Eagles will trade up.
Winston Justice, offensive tackle, 6-6, 300, USC. Projected by none of the above, but mentioned by some. Thinking: Insurance, future starter. Flaw: Defensive tackle's the need now, even if it means trading up.