With the #21 pick in the 2009 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select....
WR, HAKEEM NICKS, UNC
Round 1, Pick #21 overall
Details of the pick after the jump...
From GM ejruiz: The unexpected Jay Cutler trade and Denver’s subsequent pick of University of Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno at #18 left us scrambling a bit for an adequate choice at this spot. All of our other top targets were also picked up prior to our time on the clock and most of the remaining top prospects don’t quite fit our schemes; nevertheless, we still feel comfortable with our eventual choice. After all, the Eagles are a team with few – if any – truly glaring needs thanks to forward-thinking drafts in the past and the versatility of several key players. The void at offense tackle can be resolved internally if necessary, while RB and TE can be effectively addressed with later picks. Therefore, I felt at ease making a slight reach for what some may deem to be a luxury prospect.
As the quintessential possession receiver, Hakeem Nicks provides a skill set unlike any other in Philadelphia at that position. His presence should improve the WR corps as a whole by allowing the current members of that group to slide into roles more suited to their particular abilities. Moreover, we hope that QB Donovan McNabb appreciates this attempt to upgrade the weapons that surround him. Though he does not have all the elite tools to work with, Nicks more than makes up for that with exceptional skills. His lack of frontline speed is offset and then some by his reliable hands, disciplined route-running, impressive ball skills, outstanding awareness, overall toughness, and top-notch intangibles. We look forward to his often spectacular contributions for years to come.
Commish's Thoughts: Solid pick, with solid reasoning. Nicks 'feels' like an Eddie Royal type of player, and the only surprise to me is how popular he seems to be with analysts and the like, since usually his makeup is underappreciated. Call it a testament to his production at UNC.
ON THE CLOCK
Minnesota Vikings are up next. We are starting to get into the meat and potatoes of the draft, with each pick being more likely to be a sliding player, or long armed reach. Will the Viking's GM be able to hold those forces at bay?
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Round 1, Pick #22 Overall
GM War Eagle Aubie