I don't really see it. I have a hard enough time believing the Eagles will stand pat and stay at #15 in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
But if they do, SB Nation Philly.com has a new favorite to plug in to the mix in the 1st round---a Strong Safety from Alabama by the name of Mark Barron...
Mark Barron, safety, 6-2, 218, Alabama...Alabama SS Mark Barron ran forty times of 4.54 and 4.73 at the Crimson Tide's Pro Day on Thursday.The good news is he's healthy enough to run relatively long distances at full speed after postseason double hernia surgery. The bad news is Barron got off to a "dreadful start" on his second forty-yard dash, resulting in the 4.73. The two-time first-team All-American projects as a borderline first-round pick.
When I see sudden changes in mock direction by guys at SB Nation who should know better, I defer to the Gold Standard. In an information-overload scenario, I trust the Eagles front office will sort all this out.
All of a sudden, Jay King of SB Nation has a man-crush on Mark Barron. I don't get it, but here's Jay King's analysis:
at No. 15.... Philadelphia Eagles, Mark Barron, S, Alabama
"The Eagles do have last year's second-round pick, Jaiquawan Jarrett, but early returns were not good on Jarrett. Mark Barron is a blue chip talent. He can step in and play at a high level right away, giving the Eagles an instant upgrade that fixes a real problem spot from last year."
(Maybe I'm crazy, but that sounds so simplistic as to defy logic and common sense...
No strong safety prospect has ever become an "instant upgrade"...)
Now I defer to Tommy Lawlor's recent "Mach 9" picks for the Eagles. Lawlor is not smitten with Mark Barron in the least. He left Barron off the list completely:
1 - LB Luke Kuechly - Boston College - 6-3, 243
2 - CB Brandon Boykin - Georgia - 5-9, 183
2 - WR Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers - 6-2, 211
3 - DT Derek Wolfe - Cincinnati - 6-5, 295
4 - DE Bruce Irvin - West Virginia - 6-3, 245
5 - LB Tank Carder - TCU - 6-2, 236
6 - OT Tom Compton - South Dakota - 6-5, 314
6 - OT Jeff Adams - Columbia - 6-6, 308
6 - WR Keshawn Martin - Michigan State - 6-0, 188
Lawlor: "Now let's talk about the #1 pick. I would draft Kuechly to play SAM. Last night I re-watched a couple of his games. I then watched some of the Eagles season finale to see Akeem Jordan in action. I wanted to try and imagine Kuechly in the Eagles scheme and playing SAM. I think Kuechly would be a fine addition. He would also be a good insurance policy for the middle. If something happens to Ryans, you hate to turn around and have Jamar Chaney and Casey Matthews once again as the men in the middle."
"Eagles linebacker coach Mike Caldwell ran the drills at Boston College's recent pro day. That should tell you that the team has serious interest in Kuechly. Would the Eagles invest a first round pick in him, even after the Ryans deal? That is the tricky part. This would be a serious shift in the Eagles actions. I know many people would say this is virtually an impossible scenario to believe, but I think taking a linebacker in the first round is possible this year."
"That is still an area of need for the Eagles. Kuechly is good value in the middle of the first round. He's also the kind of player that Reid and Howie Roseman have talked about in recent years. Kuechly is a leader. He is a good student and great player. There is nothing close to a character concern with him. This is absolutely a guy you want on your team on Sundays and representing your organization off the field the rest of the week."
Hmmmm. Okay. I'm listening to ya, Tommy. I still think the Eagles FO will surprise us with that 1st Round pick, even if it means trading it up or down... but you have made a good argument for Kuechly... or at least a far better argument than Jay King made for Mark Barron...
Lawlor might not be high on Barron, but his stock has risen lately:Charley Casserly has him as the 7th best player in the draft.
Scott Wright has him as the 16th best player in the draft.
Mel Kiper says he is now a lock for the top 16 in the draft.
Brian Baldinger called him a "special" talent.
Solomon Wilcots called him "rare."
Historically, first round safety has a higher success rate than other positions over the past decade (over 60%) whereas positions such as DT, WR, CB have 40% or less (take a look back for yourself).
According to Pro Football Focus, Coleman rated out -6.9 on the season. Jarrett was even worse at -8.6. Nate Allen's rookie season in 2010 was a -5.0, even with his stellar start included, which was followed by 5 straight games allowing TDs. Up until the last five game stretch in 2011 (vs. Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Moore/JP Losman, Mark Sanchez, Tony Romo/Stephen McGee, and Rex Grossman) Allen was -3.4 on the season with one of the worst performances ever out of a safety against the Patriots and a poor performance that stood out vs. the 49ers that contributed to their second half comeback. No better than average performances prior to the last 5 game stretch vs. the worst QB lineup imaginable. Nevertheless, Nate Allen plays FS and even if he is set to break out is in need of a good SS to line up beside.
Safety is the biggest hole left on this football team, with LB close behind having been addressed slightly with the Ryan trade. Barron would be a solid selection.
"No strong safety prospect has ever become an 'instant upgrade'"
I'm sorry, what position does Troy Polamalu play again?
Bri....Broz is gonna give you some free Mulch advice.
At this point, you've kissed every tie-breaker incentive goodbye, so youse might as well take your time.
And don't bother picking defensive players. I've already picked every good defensive player, and hold tie-breaker advantage over you.
So the only chance you have, is to hope for a suprise offensive draft.
Every year, we draft a TE in the 4th or 5th round (except when we don't) and a couple of gaurdes in the 5th and 6th round. My advice to youse would be to concentrate on those areas, and try to get your hits that way.
It's your only chance. If you want,...you could waste a couple of picks in hopes that they draft an o-tackal in the first round.
I'm not feeling real good about your chances.
OK, bye !
OH NO !!
This weekend, I was wallerin' in the high grass and bushes that grow down by the creek that serpentines 'round the boarder of my properti.....clearing out logs and what nots that various beavers, chucks, groundhogs, (and I suspect cats) have piled up for selfish reasons, that causes flooding during bad storms.
I wore shorts.
I think I may have the chiggars !
Man,...I hope it's just poison ivy, or some allergic reaction to some plant, or leprosy or something.
Anything but chiggars !!!!
Blas - ND may have put you on wait list but they got paidback tonite. For the second year in a row their Ladys BB team got put on the NCAA championship waiting list.
Baylor 80 - ND 61
Lets see how they like sittin around waitin for a chance to show what they can do.
HEY, well what do you know ! I just come in here, and I notice I just hit 13,000 !!!!
I should probably take a moment to thank a few people on here that helped me get to where I am today........
Hey, I'm 6 pts away from being a teenager !!!!
I expeck 6 LIKES on this post alone,....from all those that owe me BIGTIME !
The predictions for this year are all over the place. Last yr seemed like everyone has us taking Camirini. If this was hurricane reporting (this year) I'd be packing and moving cause it doesn't look like anybody knows what's coming.
Except for you Mr Bruzer - all HX for you huh?
I don't think I've ever seen a team report that a surgery was unsuccessful but Abe said it all......not mention of the seriousness or degree of injury.....typical Eagles
Chris McP at Spuds place says Petrers had surgery this AM. No timetable for rehab. Story also did not mention the severity of the tear.
So Notre Dame waitlisted me...Disappointing considering students with fewer academic credentials from my school made it in...I was in near utter disbelief when I got the letter, unlike the 3 rejections, which I was more ready for...UConn Honors Program looking like a near certainty at this point...
I prefer to just scratch them out.
@Brozer8 Quick! Order a jug of this....
(ummm....just one away......)
It's not supposed to be as addictive as other drugs...It's also cheap...Makes you smell pretty bad, though... @briview
No big whoop.
@Kenemeka funny ting,..about the success ting,..i thought the exact same ting,..after ABE's report,..i don't know why....carry on.
@Palm Feathers OK,.....ah,.....Shut up!...happy now?..it suits youse,..Underdog!!
@Blasphemizer no surprise,....dey prolly know somebody.
my evening's complete
I think he's a legacy...So, it figures... @briview
Now I got myself wound.
Blas - wherever you go - just make the best of it - take EVERY opportunity you can to move forward. I only know what I know - bottom line - a Degree from Hoity-Toity U will open doors - granted but (again Mechanical) -- it's going to be up to you and your attitude to keep it.
F*ck up something on a multi-million $ Widgy and it's you in that spot - not your degree.
Blas - Have you given any thought GA Tech? I don't know anything bout them other than their Engr School is a good one.
Think the educational system is too involved w/politics, nepotism and just plain bullsh*t. Stop w/the personell selection and pick the best STUDENT.
This is why we're having to 'import' decent engineers from India - not that there's anything wrong w/India. From my perspective a lot of the schools are putting out CRAP.
@Blasphemizer @briview So now you get to create your own legacy...there's an upside to this...plus you can enroll in Master's program at your first choice school after you grad with honors from U Conn...
@Blasphemizer yep,..dey factor that crap in,..