Philadelphia needs a center

Mel's latest mailbag examines the revised draft strategy of the Eagles, the prospects for a pair of Buckeyes and the outlook for Ernest Wilford.

Originally Published: March 19, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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Q: Will the Philadelphia Eagles' first-round draft strategy change now that they have Terrell Owens? Who would be available to help them at No. 28?
Jacob, Philadelphia
Jake Grove
Grove started the last 33 games of his college career.
KIPER: The Eagles could do a few different things in that spot to improve the team. They need a center to anchor the offensive line, and Virginia Tech's Jake Grove is a rare first-round caliber pivot man. He faced top-shelf talent in college, is very strong and has the necessary mean streak. Grove would be an immediate upgrade. Philadelphia could go for a bigger corner such as UCLA's Matt Ware or Michigan's Jeremy LeSueur to complement the smaller CBs currently on the roster, or look to upgrade the front seven on defense and get a little stiffer against the run. But at No. 28 overall a guy like Grove would make a lot of sense for a team that needs to give Donovan McNabb some time to throw.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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