As the 2012 NFL draft approaches, mock drafts are beginning to come out of the woodwork. According to SB Nation's mock draft site, Mocking the Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles do something that we haven't seen them do in earlier mocks -- trade up to grab an offensive lineman.
According to MTD's latest prediction, the Eagles will move up from No. 15 to No. 5 to select USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
Matt Kalil | Offensive tackle | Southern California: Never under-estimate a desperate team in the draft, and right now the Eagles could be categorized as just that. Losing left tackle Jason Peter is crippling, and this season is likely make-or-break for Andy Reid. To get Kalil, the Eagles surrender their first and second round picks this year, a fifth rounder this year, and a second rounder next year.
Kalil is this draft class' best offensive lineman and with the loss of Jason Peters, the Eagles will need a new left tackle. Kalil could step in and start from day one as Michael Vick's left-side protector.