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Philadelphia Eagles 2012 Draft Preview

The Eagles are usually active movers on draft day, and with an extra second-round pick gained from last summer's Kevin Kolb trade and nine selections overall, they appear to have the flexibility to maneuver up or down the board to obtain a player they covet. Philadelphia also has a history of targeting the trenches early in the draft, as seven of the franchise's 11 first-round choices in the Andy Reid era have come from the offensive and defensive lines, and the team has shown a lot of interest in Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox during the scouting process. The Eagles have also closely studied quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) and Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), and it wouldn't be a shock if they make a play for either one considering Michael Vick's age and injury history and the lack of an ideal backup, though they'd likely have to get into the top 10 to land the fast- rising Tannehill. Last month's trade for veteran DeMeco Ryans has stabilized a shaky situation at middle linebacker, but there's more quantity than quality at the outside flanks, and the safety positions remain dicey despite Reid having invested a second-round pick there two straight years. A versatile running back that can spell All-Pro LeSean McCoy may also rate among Philly's draft priorities.

2011 Record: 8-8

Top Needs: S, OLB, RB

First Three Picks: No. 15, No. 46, No. 51

Number of Selections: 9 (1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6)

RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2011 - Danny Watkins (G, Baylor); 2010 - Brandon Graham (DE, Michigan); 2009 - Jeremy Maclin (WR, Missouri); 2008 - none; 2007 - none; 2006 - Brodrick Bunkley (DT, Florida State); 2005 - Mike Patterson (DT, USC); 2004 - Shawn Andrews (OL, Arkansas); 2003 - Jerome McDougle (DE, Miami-Florida); 2002 - Lito Sheppard (CB, Florida).

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