SI NFL Mock Draft: The Eagles Select...

Ah, it’s mock draft season. That special time of year when football analysts take blind guesses as to who is going where and when. While many mock drafts have been published over the last few months, major publications are now beginning to weigh in on the draft. Enter’s Don Banks, who checks in with his first mock draft of the season.

While mocks have Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel headed to Philadelphia, Banks doesn’t seem him lasting on the board by the time the Eagles pick. Joeckel, according to Banks, won’t even last beyond the first pick as he believes the left tackle will be a key piece in Andy Reid’s rebuilding process.

So what about the Eagles? Banks has West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith headed to Philadelphia, in a projection that is sure to make more than a few fans cringe. Here’s Banks take on Smith and the Eagles:

This is where the real guess-work begins, because so much depends on whether new Eagles coach Chip Kelly believes he currently has his starting quarterback on the roster or not. Smith’s talents aren’t a perfect mesh for Kelly’s up-tempo offense, but he’s got enough mobility to get the job done, and his pocket-passing skills are NFL ready. We know quarterbacks get pushed up by need, but the Eagles defense needs so much help that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner could be tough to pass on.

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