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Eagles Receive Two Seventh Round Compensatory Picks

The NFL has just announced that the Eagles will be receiving two extra picks in the 2011 draft, both coming in the second round. The Eagles were awarded the picks after the departure of Sean Jones and Jason Babin during Philadelphia’s last offseason. This gives the Eagles a total of 10 picks in the upcoming draft, and should give Philadelphia some more room to take gambles in earlier rounds.

The full Eagles draft picks go like this:

Round 1 – No. 23 overall
Round 2 – No. 54 overall
Round 3 – No. 85 overall
Round 4 – No. 104 overall (from Washington)
Round 4 – No. 120 overall
Round 5 – No. 149 overall (from San Diego)
Round 5 – No. 153 overall
Round 7 – No. 228 overall (from Seattle)
Round 7 – No. 236 overall (compensatory selection)
Round 7 – No. 239 overall (compensatory selection)

These picks should give the Eagles some possible late talent in the draft, and it will be interesting to see who they go with in the seventh round. The best case scenario is the Eagles pick up some special teams coverage with those two picks, and sure-up some holes. The Eagles had some minor problems covering punt and kick returns last season, and some quick linebackers and safeties couldn’t hurt to add depth.

One other possible option is drafting an actual return man, which is something the Eagles have been lacking for the past few seasons. With the likeliness of Ellis Hobbs retiring, and DeSean Jackson staying primarily on punt returns, it leaves a need that could be addressed through the draft. There is an abundance of speed receivers and corners that could provide depth, and could greatly bolster special teams play.

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