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2012 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles

Hey Vince? How about you just stay quiet leading up to this season?
Hey Vince? How about you just stay quiet leading up to this season?

We're still chugging along through our mock draft, and for the 14th time Mock Roger Goodell stride to the podium for the latest pick. He clears his mock throat and says:

"With the fourteenth pick in the 2012 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Saints select...JUST KIDDING! THEY DON'T HAVE A PICK IN THIS DRAFT! OK, seriously folks. The Dallas Cowboys select..."

"...Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback from Alabama."

That's a solid mock pick by you guys. The 'Boys need lots of secondary help even after overpaying signing Brandon Carr in free agency. Here's how the draft has broken down through the first 14 picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
  2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT USC
  4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
  8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers - Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
  10. Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
  11. Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, OG Stanford
  12. Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
  13. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
  14. Dallas Cowboys - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama

Up next: their division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the NFL was played on paper, the Eagles would have walked away with the Super Bowl last year. Their roster was loaded with top-tier talent and big-name free agent signings. But Chris Berman just called to inform us "That's why they play the games!" for the 2,344,897th time. Thanks Chris! As we all know, the "Dream Team" limped to an 8-8 finish thanks to injuries, turnover issues, and lots of lackluster play from some big-name players. (Yes, that's why I'm staring directly at you, DeSean Jackson.)

So what do the Eagles need to address first in the draft to prevent another disappointing season? Let's investigate after the jump.

The first glaring need for the Eagles was created just a couple weeks ago. Incumbent left tackle Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon in late March, which means Philadelphia needs to replace their starter in a hurry. Unfortunately for the Eagles, three tackles in this draft (Kalil, Reiff, Martin) have already been taken. Bobby Massie and Mike Adams are still available but might be considered a stretch this early in the draft.

On the defensive side of the football, the Eagles will need to address the middle of the field in a big way. Philadelphia was atrocious at linebacker and safety last year. Someone like Don'ta Hightower or Zach Brown could prove to be a big improvement over their current linebacking corps. Mark Barron is easily the most NFL-ready safety in the draft and could be able to pitch in from day one.

Philadelphia could also use some depth at defensive tackle, and with so many great prospects left on the board they could just take the best player available if the draft breaks down like it has so far for us. Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, and Fletcher Cox are all projected fairly high and could be considered a steal as a mid-first rounder.

Draft profile videos for each option are available below. Who do you think the Eagles should pick?

Bobby Massie

Mike Adams

Don'ta Hightower

Zach Brown

Mark Barron

Dontari Poe

Michael Brockers

Fletcher Cox