2012 POD Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Select Lavonte David

Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoms Sooners slides to the turf after scrambling for a gain against Linebacker Lavonte David #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

With the 46th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David. N4ry4 is serving as the Eagles' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.

Going into 2012, some of the most pressing needs the Eagles faced were to find upgrades at middle and outside linebacker. Having acquired DeMeco Ryans from the Texans for only a fourth-round pick and a third-round swap, they can look to the draft to find some talent to compete to play alongside him. Fortunately for Philadelphia, one of the top players left on the big board at this point should fill that position quite well.

Lavonte David has everything you want in a football player except size. He is fast, agile, makes solid tackles and has strong instincts. He can turn and run with tight ends and cover a lot of ground quickly in pursuit of ball carriers. He is a smart player and should be able to pick up the playbook and compete for starting time immediately.

After selecting Michael Brockers in round one, Philadelphia shifts focus to the next level of their defense and acquires another good value pick here in the second.

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Check out the 2012 Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.

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