Friday, April 25, 2008

With the 19th pick in the first round, the Philadelphia Eagles select.....

So who's it going to be? With the NFL Draft just a day away, we will soon know exactly what the Eagles plan to do with their first round selection. Will they take our advice (check the poll on the right) and take a wide receiver, or will they take an offensive lineman like they always do? Will they trade up using their glut of later picks, or will they trade down to further stockpile choices? Will they finally trade Lito Sheppard, possibly to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second round pick?

Judging from the various mock drafts out there, even the experts don't really know what the Birds are going to do. I've seen the Eagles projected to take everyone from cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to lineman Jeff Otah to receiver Limas Sweed. So what do I think they will do? I have a feeling that Andy Reid wants an offensive lineman (big surprise) and he will do what it takes to get Brandon Albert of Virginia. If that means they have to package some of their later picks to move up to get him, I think they will. Albert is big and fast and would be perfect in the Eagles running game with the way they like to run the ball to the outside. He is just a perfect fit for the system, and Andy Reid will do everything to get his guy. I think they'll pass on taking a receiver in the first round and instead take the best available one in the second. This draft isn't top heavy with receivers, but it is plenty deep, so the Eagles could snag a James Hardy or Malcolm Kelly in the second round.

What do you think the Eagles will do? Weigh in with your opinions in the comments section! Check back in tomorrow for complete draft day coverage.

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