The Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Andy Reid have to find upgrades at the linebacker position as well as along the offensive line to protect QB Michael Vick. With WR DeSean Jackson expected to see the Franchise Tag, let's take a look at some prospects that match the Eagles top needs heading into the draft.
2011 Record: 8-8First round draft position: No.15
Top Priority: LB
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: He's not the biggest, strongest or fastest of athletes. But he's instinctive, plays faster than he times, finds the football in all areas of the game and can really tackle. He's going to be a bit limited in coverage, but he's instinctive enough to play on third down in zone and should end up being one of the NFL's top tackling linebackers for years to come.
Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: Looks like a potential impact caliber 34-inside linebacker who has the skill set to win inside vs. the run and create pressure on third down as a savvy rush guy as well.
Secondary Priority: OT
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: He's got the NFL size, length and overall athletic skill set. However, he's not a natural anchor player and doesn't strike me as a guy who is ever going to be real physical at the next level. He can mirror in space, but struggles to stick through contact and isn't real heavy handed. Looks like a finesse tackle who will get over drafted because of athletic talent, but is going to have a hard time keeping the edge clean at the next level.
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State: He's a solid athlete who can bend, re-direct and block in space. However, he's had some struggles with power when trying to stay engaged and hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career. Nevertheless, in a weak offensive tackle class, he's one of the few prospects that possess the skill set to start in the NFL.
Mid-Tier Priority: S, QB
Trenton Robinson, FS, Michigan State: Is coordinated and can keep his feet under him, but looks tighter when asked to turn and run. Tackles well and looks like at best a low end starter who needs to play in tighter areas to be effective in coverage.
Brandon Taylor, FS, Louisiana State: He can tackle in the box and in space, despite being a bit inconsistent at times. Displays some natural coverage ability and looks capable of maturing into tweener starter/nickel safety at the next level.
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin: Wilson is a plus athlete who can spin the football and gives you a nice run/pass threat. However he's undersized, is going to struggle to consistently make plays from the pocket and is still learning how to work his way through defenses. He is worth a pick late, but I don't see the guy as a potential starter in the NFL. Reserve only.
Aaron Corp, QB, Richmond: He has a nice sized frame and throws a pretty football. He's going to need some time, but is worth a draftable grade.
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