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With The 24th Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Mock Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles Select...

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The Philadelphia Eagles have the strangest curse of all the NFL franchises: A horrible quarterback who, as a starter, has only led them to a second place or higher division finish in eight out of ten years, five measly division championships, only five NFC Championship Games, and just one Super Bowl berth. You really gotta feel sorry for those poor Eagles fans. No wonder they are ready to run that McNabb bum out of town on a rail!

The Eagles ranked 5th in pts/ game, 11th in yds/game and had a top 10 passing game last season. Weather McNabb or Kolb is under center, an Andy Reid team is probably going to pass the ball pretty well with receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin catching the ball. With the release of Brian Westbrook, running back appeared to be an area of need but rookie LeSean McCoy filled in well last season and appears to be ready to take the helm. Depth and leadership has been added with the signing of Super Bowl vet, Mike Bell.

Of course to have any degree of success, offensively, you have to protect the QB and open holes for the RBs. Which leads me to the biggest concern for the Eagles offense: their paper thin, and seemingly just as frail, offensive line. Starting RT, Shawn Andrews ended last season on the IR. Starting LG, Todd Herremans missed 6 weeks with a foot injury. Starting C, Jamaal Jackson tore his ACL in their playoff loss to Dallas. The healthy linemen they did have underachieved and the fact the Eagles offense did as well as it did in 2009 is a testament to just how good that terrible QB of theirs is.

With the uncertainty that plagues this O-line the pick is a no brainer: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho.

At 6'5" and 331 Lbs, this kid is a bruiser. A consensus 1st Team All-American and 1st Team all-WAC in 2009, Iupati, is versatile, having played both guard and tackle, and did not allow a single sack his senior season. To go along with his great size and footwork is great intensity, playing with a mean streak and the fact that he is still raw and learning the game means he has huge up-side. With this pick the Eagles may very well have landed the offensive line's cornerstone for the next decade. Of course, the future of the QB?

If I were truly the GM of the Eagles I'd "dance with the one that brung me" and do whatever it takes for McNabb to remain and retire a Philadelphia Eagle.

Number Team Position Player Selected by
1 St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford UCrawford
2 Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh upamtn
3 Tampa Bay Bucs DT Gerald McCoy Larryemcdaniel
4 Washington Redskins OT Russell Okung ChuckDiesel
5 Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry ChiefsFan90s
6 Seattle Seahawks OT Bryan Bulaga Matt Conner
7 Cleveland Browns QB Jimmy Clausen HIV2Elway
8 Oakland Raiders OT Bruce Campbell mushin
9 Buffalo Bills OT Anthony Davis ArrowDread
10 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Derrick Morgan GenericBrand
11 Denver Broncos
WR Dez Bryant kcnos56
12 Miami Dolphins DE
Jason Pierre-Paul Sam D
13 San Francisco 49ers CB
Joe Haden jterry
14 Seattle Seahawks RB
C.J Spiller Matt Conner
15 New York Giants LB
Rolando McClain CHIEFER
16 Tennessee Titans S
Earl Thomas justinmayhugh
17 San Francisco 49ers OT
Trent Williams jterry
18 Pittsburgh Steelers CB
Kyle Wilson Godlovetheredman14
19 Atlanta Falcons LB
Sean Witherspoon IamthreGreatest
20 Houston Texans RB
Ryan Matthews ChiefsDude
21 Cincinnati Bengals TE
Jermaine Gresham PSUkegreen
22 New England Patriots DE
Jared Odrick stagdsp
23 Green Bay Packers OT
Charles Brown
craig in calgary
24 Philadelphia Eagles G
Mike Iupati
25 Baltimore Ravens

Ben S
26 Arizona Cardinals

27 Dallas Cowboys

28 San Diego Chargers

29 New York Jets

30 Minnesota Vikings

31 Indianapolis Colts

32 New Orleans Saints

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