Which Side Of The Ball Will Draw Eagles Focus

In six weeks, the Eagles will be making their choices for who they're going to take in the draft. With free agency filling some holes, the Birds are zeroing in on some names for draft consideration.

The Eagles own the 26th pick in the first round, but have traded up twice in the last four years. So that's always a possibility with them.

Most of their biggest needs are on defense and that's expected to be the direction they'll go in the first round.

They need to address both cornerback and safety early in the draft, and there will be some first-round-worthy candidates at both positions at 26. The top-rated safety, Louisiana State's LaRon Landry, is expected to be a top 10 pick, but the second-rated safety, Florida's Reggie Nelson, could fall into the Eagles' neighborhood. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis of Pittsburgh and Aaron Ross of Texas both also could be on the board for them. The Eagles have also shown some interest in Howard University's Geoff Pope.

The Eagles haven't taken a linebacker in the first round since 1979. With the team not counting on middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter beyond next season, they would have to think long and hard if Mississippi's Patrick Willis, the draft's top-rated inside 'backer, is on the board when they pick.

According to Scout.com's Ed Thompson, UCLA DE Justin Hickman, who is also being pursued by some teams as a pass rushing end (OLB in 3-4), is drawing strong interest from Philly and Denver right now. He also had met with Jets head coach Eric Mangini at the Combine and discussed playing 3-4 LB with the position coaches for the Dolphins and Chargers at the Combine.

On the offensive side, University of Arizona RB Chris Henry is expected to visit the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills soon, and the Eagles also have shown interest in him.


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