Draft Day News, Notes and Updates

In the final hours leading up to the NFL Draft, there are some final notes to clear out of our notebooks. The Eagles hold the 14th pick in the draft and it's likely that even they don't know what they're going to do with the pick. Here's what we've been able to find out...

A league source believes the team most likely will trade their selection in the first round and select C Nick Mangold.

However, if they stay at number 14, LB Chad Greenway is a strong possibility. Greenway would be the seen as the eventual replacement for veteran SLB Dhani Jones, who struggled last season.

While the team visited extensively with OT Winston Justice, questions remain whether the team is really comfortable with his off the field issues. However, publicly, the team seems to be satisfied with him according to the LA Daily News.

"People told me he was shooting people and I'm going, `That's not a good thing,' " Eagles coach Andy Reid said after meeting with Justice. "So I talked to the kid. He says, `I had rubber bullets and we were playing,' which is what my kids do, they shoot each other with little air guns and rubber bullets. That's different than blowing someone's head off.

"I came out with a different perception than I went in with. You come out of there, and the people we talked to, (with the impression) that he's a pretty good kid."

Should the team select Justice, he would project to take over the starting left tackle job eventually for the aging Tra Thomas.

While there have been reports of the team trading up for DT Haloti Ngata, a league source told Scout.com this week that DT Brodrick Bunkley is a much better fit for defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's scheme. Johnson likes quick, athletic defenders that can get a rush up field and Bunkley fits that bill rather well.

A sleeper selection with their first-round pick is WR Chad Jackson who impressed the club with his combine workout and they are said to be very impressed with his speed.

Second-round possibilities are WR Maurice Stovall and OL Charles Spencer who impressed offensive line coach Juan Castillo during Senior Bowl week practices, game tape, and private workouts.

As Scout.com was first to report, quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur worked out Yale QB Jeff Mroz on Tuesday. Mroz is seen as an A.J. Feeley type of player. That means he's a player who was overlooked by scouts and was a late round selection but has a strong arm and ability. The Eagles took a chance on Feeley in the fifth round of the 2001 draft and developed him well enough that he was able to yield a second-round pick from Miami in a trade in 2004. Mroz is seen as a seventh-round selection by most NFL talent evaluators.


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