2012 Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft: First Round Selection Is........

By Frank Benditt III

After a disappointing 8-8 2011 season, the Philadelphia Eagles possess the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft.  The question is whether or not the Eagles decide to go with a defensive or offensive player.  After the way the defense played during certain stretches of the season, the organization should direct their focus on the defensive side of the ball.

I know many fans would love the Eagles to draft a linebacker with the 15th pick.  Even some of the mock drafts have the Eagles taking a linebacker.  The linebacking talent available this upcoming draft is not extraordinary.  Even so, there are three linebackers that Scouts Inc. have in their top 32 graded players.
The highest rated is Luke Kuechly out of Boston College.  His frame, 6’2 235 pounds, fits the Eagles mold that should enable him to fit into their scheme.  Kuechly is one of the best fundamentally sound tacklers at the collegiate level.  He also is known for his great pure football instincts.
Scouts Inc’s next highest rated linebacker is Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw.  Playing mostly defensive end in college, the 6’2 273 pounder is considered a ‘tweener’ most most scouts.  Upshaw has above average agility for his size and is known for his disciplined play.  He would most likely be a perfect fit in a 3-4 scheme.

The third rated linebacker according to Scouts Inc. is Vontaze Burfict out of Arizona State.  At 6’3 250 pounds, Vontaze size, strength, range and athleticism to be an every-down linebacker at the next level.   His technique needs improvement, however, Burfict projects well as a NFL starting middle linebacker.


I, for obvious reason, think Vontaze Burfict would be an outstanding pick.  His detractors say he is undiciplined.  I believe, with the proper coaching and a scheme like the Eagles deploy, Burfict could be a beast.  Kuechly is the popular choice.  I believe Burfict has more upside.

contact:  frank-benditt@comcast.net

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