After taking a look at the first round of mock drafts about a month ago, a second round of early draft projections have come pouring in and, once again, the overwhelming expectation is that the Eagles will take an offensive lineman with the 23rd overall pick.
Last time, Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi was the player most frequently linked to the Eagles, and he's still the guy for the Eagles according toESPN's Todd McShay and CBSSports' Pete Prisco. Carimi, who measured 6-7, 315, at the Senior Bowl is a powerful blocker who can play both tackle positions or potentially slide inside to guard.
"Carimi has versatility to play tackle or guard immediately and should develop into a very good starting tackle -- likely on the right side -- in the very near future," wrote McShay.
"Andy Reid always seems to draft big people. He can use another tough-guy offensive lineman. Carimi, the Outland Trophy winner, is a tackle, but he could also play guard," wrote Prisco.
Another college tackle who figures to be in the mix around the Eagles' pick is Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod, 6-5 1/2, 312. Sherrod is tabbed to come off the board at No. 23 by Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com and WalterFootball.com. Reuter says Sherrod's "mobility and pass protection ability are impressive," while WalterFootball calls Sherrod "perfect for Andy Reid's blocking scheme."
Another option on the offensive line is Florida's Mike Pouncey, an interior lineman who can play guard or center. The brother of the Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey is considered the premier interior lineman in the draft. Don Banks of *Sports Illustrated *and Wes Bunting of the National Football Post both foresee Pouncey to the Eagles at the moment.
"The Eagles are in need of improving the talent on the interior of their offensive line as Pouncey offers them some versatility as well as some intriguing bloodlines," writes Bunting.
What if the Eagles don't look to adress the offensive line in the first round? Cornerback is a possibility, and Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has his eye on Colorado's Jimmy Smith as a possible fit for the Eagles.
"The Eagles feature one of the league's best corners in Asante Samuel, but have struggled with consistency on the other side," Rang writes. "Smith's frame and rare agility have earned comparisons from scouts to former Ravens' star Chris McAlister."
Finally, what about a local product? FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager believes the Eagles could be interested in Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
"This year's big surprise name could very well be the 6-5, 305-pound Wilkerson," Schrager writes. "Wilkerson was a two-time All-MAC selection and the Owls' team MVP this season. He's a run stuffer inside with pass rushing capabilities. Andy Reid loves building from the inside out, and in Wilkerson, he can add depth to a defensive line that was ravaged by injuries last season."
So there you have it. Things are certain to change a lot between now and draft day, but who do you have your eye on for the Eagles?
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 8:40 a.m., February 12