Filling Needs On Day Two

The Eagles had a long, but very successful day on Saturday, but the draft is less than half-way done. On Sunday, the Eagles have five more picks to make in rounds four, five and six.

The good news for the Eagles is that they dealt their seventh round pick to the Jets to take Chris Gocong, so they can beat the traffic out of Radio City Music Hall after their sixth round pick. Plus, in the first three rounds of Sunday's portion of the draft, the Eagles have five picks to make, in hopes of filling their draft day needs.

They filled their need for a defensive tackle with Brodrick Bunkley, grabbed an offensive tackle when they drafted Winston Justice and will move defensive end Chris Gocong to the strong-side linebacker spot. In other words, they were able to cross three big needs off of their draft board on day one of the draft.

Here's what could be in store for day two.

Center
The Eagles tried unsuccessfully to sign LeCharles Bentley when the free agency period began. While they're not completely unhappy with Hank Fraley and Jamaal Jackson, they would like an upgrade.

Filling the need: The Eagles liked Nick Mangold, but he's long gone. Florida's Mike Degory is one option.

Wide Receiver
Todd Pinkston is due back from injury and Reggie Brown did a nice job in his rookie campaign, but the Eagles will look to add one more piece to the puzzle.

Filling the need: Chad Jackson, Santonio Holmes and Sinorice Moss are long gone. One name that's still there is Hank Baskett (New Mexico), who the Eagles had in for a visit. They also like Colorado's Jeremy Bloom.

Free Safety
With an aging Brian Dawkins in the last year of his contract, they need to find the heir apparent.

Filling the need: Darnell Bing (USC) is still on the board and the Eagles had an official visit with him leading up to the draft. After that, the names are a little less impressive, but the Eagles have worked out both Sam Smith (Delaware State) and Nick Turnbull (Florida International).

Quarterback
It's not an urgent need, but the Eagles would at least like to find a player who could develop into a quality back-up to Donovan McNabb. Jeff Garcia only signed a one-year deal, so they're going to need help from somewhere.

Filling the need: The Eagles are thought to be comparing Jeff Mroz (Yale) to A.J. Feeley, who went almost unnoticed in the draft and became a decent back-up. He also was a fifth round pick that the Eagles converted into a second round pick when they traded him, which didn't hurt. Besides Mroz, there's Northwestern's Brett Basanez, who worked out with quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur.

Running Back
How about a running back to give a little more depth to the backfield. After all, Brian Westbrook isn't known for durability, so it wouldn't hurt.

Filling the need: The name to watch here is Wali Lundy (Virginia). The kid is a great story and simply loves the game of football. If character counted, this kid would have been a first-rounder and he's got some talent to go with his heart. The Eagles had a visit with Connecticut running back Cornell Brockington and put Antoine Bagwell (California University of PA) through a work out. One other option would be Quinton Ganther (Utah).


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