As we continue the inaugural SB Nation Arizona NFL mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to make their selection with the 23rd pick in the draft. They could look to bolster a porous defense or try and find help for protecting Michael Vick. Bringing you the Eagles' pick is Cory Williams.
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
Philadelphia is looking to upgrade at several positions, mainly focused on defense. Everyone knows that the Eagles are all set offensively in the skill positions, and now must focus on shutting down the other team's top talent. That's where Aldon Smith, DE out of Missouri, will come into play. Smith is going to supply much-needed pressure on quality NFC quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Smith put in a very strong combine effort, even though he is fairly raw (and young, to top it off -- Smith was only a redshirt sophomore when he left Mizzou). Expect Aldon Smith to develop quickly and become a force for years to come in Philadelphia.
Next up in the draft are the New Orleans Saints.
2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:
1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)
2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)
3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)
23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)