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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #24 Philadelphia

A new era begins in Philly as the Eagles traded away longtime face of the franchise Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. QB Kelvin Kolb now takes over as leader of an offense loaded with speed and weapons in WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The defense is in need of playmakers in the secondary if it wants to compete in the now uber-competitive NFC East.

And with the 24th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select,

CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama

Mike Burke of EaglesGab offers his assessment of his pick

The Eagles need plenty of help in their secondary, and after trading Sheldon Brown, the cornerback position became a priority. A safety is a big need as well, but there isn’t anyone on the board worthy of the 24th selection. Jackson has decent size with good speed and got solid experience in his three years at Alabama.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper agrees with Mike on this one..

There are still some injury question marks around Ellis Hobbs, and with the addition of the 37th pick in the McNabb trade, the Eagles can strengthen their CB group and then add a safety value such as Nate Allen or Major Wright in Round 2 and really upgrade the secondary. Jackson is fluid and displays exceptional anticipation.

Tony Pauline of the Eagles offers this scouting report straight from the team..

The Good: Underrated cornerback best facing the action. Quick flipping his hips to transition with opponents off the line, runs with receivers downfield, effectively reads their eyes. Gets his head back around and locates the ball. Physical, jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, then uses his frame to box out receivers and defend the throw. Displays a burst to the action and nice move to the ball. Possesses good hands for the pick. Physical and quick up the field to help out in run defense.

The Bad: Seems to lose a sense of where the ball is in relation to his opponent. Does not show great top-end speed.

The Verdict: Jackson has been very productive on the college level and offers potential in a variety of systems. He offers a good degree of upside as well starting potential at the next level, yet he must smooth off the rough edges of his game.

The draft in review..

24. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the Baltimore Ravens

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