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Best Available: Offense

Below is a list of the three best available players at each position, with rankings courtesy of Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, as well as a description of the team's current look at that position.

Quarterback

  1. Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
  2. Nathan Enderle, Idaho
  3. T.J. Yates, North Carolina

With the Eagles presumably looking to deal Kevin Kolb, there may just be an opening for another quarterback on the roster. This could make Saturday a very interesting day for the Eagles, especially considering how deep the quarterback position is in this draft. Stanzi is a bit of a project but has proved he has the tools to develop into a solid NFL quarterback.

Running Back

  1. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
  2. Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska
  3. Jordan Todman, Connecticut

There isn't much as far as depth behind LeSean McCoy, especially considering that Jerome Harrison is a restricted free agent. Hunter was expected to be taken in the second round, yet he remains on the board. There is value in that pick, but there's a reason he keeps falling. Still, he may be hard to pass up if he's still on the board in the fourth round.

Fullback

  1. Anthony Sherman, Connecticut
  2. Owen Marecic, Stanford
  3. Charles Clay, Tulsa

With Leonard Weaver coming back from ACL reconstruction, Owen Schmitt likely enters training camp as the starter. Clay seems to fit the Eagles profile as a fullback due to his experience at playing running back, fullback and tight end over the course of his college career. Clay is slated as a fifth-round pick.

Wide Receiver

  1. Greg Salas, Hawaii
  2. Edmond Gates, Albilene Christian
  3. Niles Paul, Nebraska

Wide receiver may be the Eagles' strongest position, but talent abounds still in this draft. Salas and Gates were both slated to go late in the second round or early in the third, yet both remain on the board. Salas is projected to be a No. 3 receiver at the NFL level, while Gates is said to have tremendous upside.

Tight End

  1. Jordan Cameron, USC
  2. Virgil Green, Nevada
  3. D.J. Williams, Arkansas

Tight ends are beginning to gain value in the draft, as both Cameron and Green were expected to be taken in the third round. But with Brent Celek and Clay Harbor in the fold, it's unlikely the Eagles would draft another tight end unless a player slipped too far. Cameron didn't have a stellar college career but he's very athletic and has shown the ability to be a starting tight end.

Offensive Tackle

  1. James Brewer, Indiana
  2. Clint Boling, Georgia
  3. Chris Hairston, Clemson

The Eagles have two proven starters in Jason Peters and Winston Justice, and two up-and-coming tackles in King Dunlap and Austin Howard. But a team can never have enough tackles and Brewer and Boling remain on the board despite being projected as third round picks.

Offensive Guard

  1. Marcus Cannon, TCU
  2. Zach Hurd, Connecticut
  3. David Arkin, Missouri State

The Eagles drafted guard Danny Watkins with their first-round pick and they could draft another guard but it likely wouldn't be until one of the later rounds. Texas Christian's Marcus Cannon, who was rated to go in the 2nd round, remains on the board as the fourth round opens on Saturday likely as a result of his recent diagnosis of treatable cancer.

Center

  1. Tim Barnes, Missouri
  2. Jason Kelce, Cincinnati
  3. Zane Taylor, Utah

With Jamaal Jackson and Mike McGlynn already in the fold, it's unlikely that the Eagles will draft a center, especially with top-rated Steve Wisniewski already gone. Still, Barnes was slated to go in the fourth round and if a player of his caliber drops into the Eagles' lap in the later rounds, he may garner some attention.

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