My dream draft:
1st pick, first round: DE Calais Campbell: 6'8 defensive end with good quickness and athleticism. The Eagles must address DE in the draft with Kearse and Howard likely on the way out. Frankly the Eagles need a starting caliber de next to Trent Cole. Juqua Thomas is a good player but not a starter and more effective rotating along the edges. With our DTs looking to be much more solid, the Eagles must address their pass rush and I think this is a no brainer. The Eagles also need to add size to their front line. The rotation of Trent Cole, Calais Campbell, Juqua Thomas and Abiamiri would be solid.
2nd pick, 2nd round: TE Martellus Bennett: One of the biggest weaknesses of the Eagles last season was the lack of a consistent, pass catching TE. Enter Martellus Bennett, a 6'7 TE from Texas A and M with good weight and very good hands. From what I've read he is also a solid blocker as well. McNabb wants playmakers, this pick would be in that direction. Despite the salary, I'm not sold on Schobel making this team next year after the solid, rookie campaign of Brent Celek. This position is not good enough and an upgrade is a must of the Eagles want to improve their offense. Bennett would be the big, pass catching, touchdown threat we have always wanted. Another no brainer in my opinion.
3rd pick, 3rd round: FB Owen Schmitt: I thought Tapeh had a pretty decent year but again, the Eagles must upgrade this position and stop platooning players to fit their mold of a FB. Schmitt is the nastiest player I have ever seen. He is big at 6'3, 260, and with the idea of Westbrook's performance level declining due to age, why not get him a big, premiere run blocker to run behind? With all the talk about Westbrook deserving more and this and that, I think this would be a very safe pick and send a good message to the team (Bdawk included).
I'm not going to go into the fourth round because after the first day of the draft the rest is a crap shoot. I know the Eagles also need to address their defensive backfield but I'm just much, much higher on the guys I've picked and where they were picked. CBs can be found in the later rounds of the draft.
Bottomline the Eagles need impact players and cannot afford to keep high draft picks on the bench and think they're going to get to the next level. All three picks here would fit into their roles and get playing time. I have a feeling that Kearse and/or Howard will be released before the start of next season. Drafting Calais Campbell would make our pass rush much more effective due to his size and presence. Drafting Martellus Bennett would give the Eagles a top prospect TE that will demand playing time due to his receiving ability and size alone. He'd instantly be our tallest receiver and would give McNabb a HUGE target to dump balls in the middle of the field. The lack of a tight end killed this offense last year. The rotation of Bennett and Celek would be a drastic improvement to what it was in 07. Drafting Owen Schmitt would place the importance of running the football. Lets face it, the entire offensive line underperformed last season. Schmitt is a team player that plays the game as hard as Dawkins. He would be an instant fan favorite and future leader on offense on a team that lacks leaders on offense. He simply puts it all on the field, and he'd be as reliable as it gets.