Arizona OT Eben Britton
ChiefsFan717 with the pick...
Wow oh Wow!!! If this draft were real the Eagles would be ecstatic right now! Britton (who was a legitimate possibility at #21) falls right into the Eagles lap here at #28. Landing these two targeted prospects alone will be a win for the Eagles in the 2009 draft! And the way things are playing out (not only in our AP mock draft) but also in real life, I wouldn't be surprised to see a running back like McCoy, Donald Brown, Andre Brown, or Shonn Greene be available come their 2nd round pick at #52. Getting any of the 4 would be a dream first 2 rounds for the Birds! Especially if their targeted RB McCoy would miraculously drop!!! Back to Britton...at 6'6", 310 lbs., Britton could become an immediate starter from day one (Barring any re-signing of Jon Runyan)...Even if this were to happen, Britton would quickly learn some things about the pro game from Runyan (35 yrs. old) and push him for a starting spot at RT later in the year. Britton definitely has the frame to put on more weight, which won't be hard to accomplish with the Hamburgler at the helm. Being a 320+ pound lineman is an OL norm within the Eagles organization. Britton projects to be a more legit RT than LT in the league due to his inability to handle speed rushers that well. The Eagles won't hesitate to plug him in at RT right away. This is a value pick here as Britton's stock is still rising, and the Eagles won't have to worry about the RT spot for the next 10 years!
A Quick View To Why Britton Is the One For The Birds At #28...
1. Plain and simple, they would have had no problem taking him at #21 if Pettigrew was off of the board. The Eagles were smart here though...Pettigrew would have gone to the Falcons at 24 if they would have taken Britton at #21. The Birds knew there was a better chance of Britton slipping to 28 than Pettigrew.
2. Lets take a look at the Eagles draft track record under Andy Reid's tenure...I don't believe there was a running back taken within the 1st 2 rounds of any Eagles draft under Reid, let alone the 1st round. I know K. Moreno is probably the SEXY pick here, but along with Andy Reid's draft history, there are 2 other major factors to why Eagles don't go RB at #28....a.) Westbrook still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Unless he gets injured, there really isn't a need to pay for a 1st round back right now. RB's have a short shelf life, and it would be a waist to have someone waist 2 years watching Westbrook (again; that is, if he doens't get injured)...and b.) There are plenty of quality backs that could possibly be available to them in the 2nd or 3rd round (see first paragraph).
3. Last but not least, it wouldn't be right not to mention that the Eagles have went Defense with 4 of their last 5 1st rounders. History shows that one of these two picks should/could be a defensive player. I argue that when you look at Philly's biggest needs this year, they come on the offensive side of the ball. A safety will be intriguing to the Eagles with the loss of Dawkins and Considine, but my gut tells me that if the combination of Pettigrew and Britton are available to them with back to back picks (that is the direction they will go)!!!
Previous pick: LB James Laurinaitis
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|Pick||Round 1||Selection||Date||Community Approval|
|1||Detroit Lions - UCrawford||LB Aaron Curry||Weds. March 10th||Forgot to do a poll|
|2||St. Louis Rams - Lanier63||OT Jason Smith||Monday, March 16th||67%|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88||OT Eugene Monroe||Monday, March 16th||56%|
|4||Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel||DT B.J. Raji||Tuesday, March 17th||46%|
|5||Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway||WR Michael Crabtree||Tuesday, March 17th||37%|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic||OT Andre Smith||Weds., March 18th||43%|
|7||Oakland Raiders - mushin||WR Jeremy Maclin||Weds., March 18th||38%|
|8||Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns||WR Percy Harvin||Thursday, March 19th||29%|
|9||Green Bay Packers - JasonM||
DE/OLB Everette Brown
||Thursday, March 19th||68%|
|10||San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch||QB Matt Stafford||Friday, March 20th||61%|
|11||Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread||LB Rey Maualuga||Friday, March 20th||50%|
|12||Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose||DE Brian Orakpo||Monday, March 23rd||58%|
|13||Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade||T Michael Oher||Monday, March 23rd||64%|
|14||New Orleans Saints - cmpotter||CB Vontae Davis||Tuesday, March 24th||46%|
|15||Houston Texans - ChiefsDude||CB Malcolm Jenkins||Tuesday, March 24th||61%|
|16||San Diego Chargers - Helmets||DE Tyson Jackson||Weds., March 25th||58%|
|17||New York Jets - NJChief||QB Mark Sanchez||Weds., March 25th||77%|
|18||Chicago Bears - Holmeslice||QB Josh Freeman||Thursday, March 26th||28%|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory||DT Peria Jerry||Thursday, March 26th||45%|
|20||Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford||
DE Aaron Maybin
||Friday, March 27th||54%|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717||TE Brandon Pettigrew||Friday, March 27th||60%|
|22||Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56||WR Hakeem Nicks||Monday, March 30th||53%|
|23||New England Patriots - connerman||RB Chris Wells||Monday, March 30th||43%|
|24||Atlanta Falcons - RedNose||LB Clay Matthews||Tuesday, March 31st||53%|
|25||Miami Dolphins - shraggyj||LB Brian Cushing||Tuesday, March 31st||73%|
|26||Baltimore Ravens - Ben S||CB Alphonso Smith||Weds., April 1st|
|27||Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary||LB James Laurinaitis||Weds., April 1st|
|28||Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717||OT Eben Britton
||Thursday, April 2nd|
|29||New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s||Thursday, April 2nd|
|30||Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99||Friday, April 3rd|
|31||Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH||Friday, April 3rd|
|32||Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33||Monday, April 6th|