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Ranking The Draft In Tiers

While draft experts and front offices across the NFL landscape have spent months preparing the order of their draft boards, it's important to acknowledge that ranking prospects is an imprecise process.
With that in mind, NFL.com's draft guru Gil Brandt has broken down the top 100 prospects in this year's draft into six tiers. The first five tiers are in groups of 10 players, and then all Brandt's prospects ranked 51-100 are in the sixth tier.
This type of analysis is important to the Eagles, because their 24th overall pick puts them in the third tier. But, with their bevy of picks providing maneuverability, they will have the option of trading up if a player they love from the first two tiers begins slipping.
As for the players who Brandt ranks in the third tier, likely to be available for the Eagles are: wide receiver Dez Bryant, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, offensive lineman Mike Iupati, defensive end Sergio Kindle, running back Ryan Matthews, defensive tackle Jared Odrick, center Maurkice Pouncey, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, quarterback Tim Tebow and cornerback Kyle Wilson.
Many of those players, especially Wilson, Pouncey and Dunlap have already been mentioned as first-round possibilities for the Eagles.
Click here to check out Brandt's top 100.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:56 p.m., April 14

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