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Go Offensive in the Draft

By Greg Garrity

With a little more than two weeks until the draft there are some decisions to be made. As of now the team has two first round picks to work with. They also have a few holes, or positions that are in some need of depth. With twelve total picks, four being in the first three rounds, this draft has endless possibilities. This is the perfect opportunity to give Donovan what he has been asking for every season, more weapons. Give him three guys at key offensive positions.

This will be, barring trading both away, the first time the Eagles use a first-round pick since they picked Brodrick Bunkley with the 14th overall in 2006. With an injury prone 30 year old Brian Westbrook as really their only worth while running back, I can’t help but imagine that will be the direction they go at pick 21. Personally I throw one of the big names available out right away, Chris Wells. That just doesn’t fit with the offense. We are not looking for just a change of pace back anymore. We need someone who could spell B-West now and eventually make the transition to our feature back. He must be a guy who can catch the ball as well as run in this pass happy scheme. The ideal pick would have to be former Georgia Bulldog Knowshon Moreno. He can run, he can catch and even soar through the air when necessary. At 5’10’’ and 210 lbs he is a game changer. When he touches the ball there is always the chance he can break the big one. In just two seasons he gained over 3300 yard and 33 touchdowns. Then you take into account that he did this in the extremely tough SEC, facing teams like Florida, Alabama, and LSU. If he is there you gotta take him. Other possibilities are Donald Brown from UCONN or McCoy from Pitt.

The 28th pick could be used on offensive line and wide receiver, which are also positions of need. The organization can go either way here depending on who is available. Based on recent history under Reid they will most likely go for OL. Players such as Michael Oher from Ole Miss or Eben Britton from Arizona could still be waiting to hear their names called. Both are very good tackles that could provide some depth or even make a push for a starting job this upcoming season. If neither is available then the TE or WR position could be looked at. At tight end you have Pettigrew from Oklahoma State, who very well could be gone, and also Chase Coffman from Missouri, who could be a second or even third rounder. Possible wide receiver options could be Kenny Britt of Rutgers or Hakeem Nicks from UNC. These two guys would give McNabb the big, physical receiver that he has not had since TO left.

Put all that together and you can make an already good offense a hell of a lot better. Also it would be an offense that is young and could be together for a number of years. What will actually happen is something that we will all have to wait and see. One thing is certain; everyone will have something to say about what they could and should have done. The team must do something to make up for some of what they have already lost. So give the quarterback and leader of the team what he wants and needs.

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