Draft needs of NFC teams

Updated: April 3, 2002, 1:13 PM ET
Editor's Note: Following is Mel Kiper Jr.'s rundown of the NFC teams and their top three draft needs in order or priority. More detailed analysis of team draft needs can be found in Mel's "Draft Report," which costs $25.95 and can be ordered online.


1. Defensive end -- The one thing missing is a very good run stuffer. The Eagles don't have a problem rushing the passer with RDE Hugh Douglas (9.5 sacks) and backup Derrick Burgess (6.0 sacks). They could use is a better all-around starter on the left side than Brandon Whiting.
2. Center -- When Bubba Miller was lost for the year with a broken ankle, the Eagles kept their fingers crossed that untested Hank Fraley could get the job done. For the most part, he held his own. But it wouldn't be a surprise to see them select a pivot in the draft.
3. Wide receiver -- The last two years have seen the Eagles use first- and second-round picks on Freddie Mitchell and Todd Pinkston, respectively. Mitchell was OK as a rookie. Pinkston finished third on the team with 42 receptions for a 14.0-yard average and four touchdowns. Their go-to guy in 2001 was former Redskin, James Thrash. I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see them once again pull the trigger on a wideout early in the draft.