2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 23

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the Philadelphia Eagles, at No. 23 overall.

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Jimmy Smith, cornerback, Colorado.

Jason Brewer of BleedingGreenNation.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Eagles, and checking out Bleeding Green Nation for all of your Eagles needs.

Jason Brewer explains: Coming into the draft we identified two clear needs for the Eagles: offensive line and cornerback. With guys like Gabe Carimi and Anthony Castonzo off the board and Jimmy Smith still on it, the pick seems almost elementary to me. He’s got great size, which will be important to match up against all the big receivers in the NFC East. Really, the big knock against him is the so-called "character concerns."

We’ve heard rumors that he’s overly cocky, but we heard those same things about DeSean Jackson, and look how that turned out. A lot of teams outsmarted themselves taking guys like Devin Thomas and Jerome Simpson before him. A lot of teams probably did the same thing last year with Dez Bryant. The Eagles have never shied away from taking guys with character concerns, and I know they recently had Smith in for a visit to Philadelphia. Assuming he carried himself reasonably well in that face to face interview, I don’t think the Eagles would have any reservations about taking him.

Dan Kadar reacts: There are a load of reasons why this pick makes sense and why it's been mocked nearly all off-season. First and foremost, Philadelphia needs a cornerback in a bad way. Asante Samuel is on one side, but the other is a huge unknown following Ellis Hobbs' career-ending injury. So from a need standpoint, Smith fills arguably Philadelphia's biggest hole.

Some may be scared that Smith has some off-putting character issues. But if there's one coach that shows he won't eschew that sort of thing, it's Andy Reid. That's not even taking Michael Vick into account. Remember when DeSean Jackson was in the draft? He had the same attitude problems Smith does. Reid took him and it hasn't been much of an issue.

Reid could do the same with Smith, who has the ability to be a true No. 1 cornerback for years. [Jimmy Smith Scouting Report]

With that, the New Orleans Saints - and our friends at Canal Street Chronicles - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
13 Justin Houston OLB Georgia scouting report
14 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State scouting report
15 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois scouting report
16 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC story
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina story
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama story
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin story
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson story
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois story
15 Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama story
16 Jacksonville Jaguars Christian Ponder QB Florida State story
17 New England Patriots Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin story
18 San Diego Chargers Cameron Jordan DE California story
19 New York Giants Mike Pouncey G/C Florida story
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue story
21 Kansas City Chiefs Phil Taylor DT Baylor story
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College story
23 Philadelphia Eagles Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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