Friday, April 20, 2007

NFL Mock Draft

By Tim McManus
The Phanatic Magazine

The Phanatic Magazine will begin peppering you with all things NFL Draft in the coming days, and will let you know what the Eagles needs are and who we think they'll be targeting.

For now, take a look at NFL Draft Countdown's take.

They have the Birds selecting Texas safety Michael Griffin in the first round, and here's why:

After replacing Donte' Stallworth by signing Kevin Curtis the Eagles are now free to address another position in the first round and based on both value as well as need Michael Griffin would appear to be a nice fit. The play of Michael Lewis really declined and the team let him leave as a free agent and even though his replacement Sean Considine was solid they can certainly do better and would prefer to keep him in a rotational role. The next in a long line of great Longhorn defensive backs Griffin not only hits like a safety but he also runs like a corner and he could be groomed by Brian Dawkins before helping to carry on his legacy. Andy Reid always likes to look to the trenches in round one so you can't rule that out and another interesting possibility here could be Brian Leonard, who'd provide a big, physical presence to the run game and compliment Brian Westbrook while easing his workload. Even though Philly is relatively unpredictable on Draft Day it sure looks like the secondary is their biggest concern so that is the direction they go here .
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