Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Riley Reiff speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
As I'm jotting down situations in which the Jacksonville Jaguars could trade down from the No. 7 overall pick, another situation opened itself up with an injury. The Philadelphia Eagles announced that starting left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles earlier in the week and it's very likely he'll be done for the season. In Jacksonville, we're very familiar the devastation that Achilles injuries can have on a players career. As unfortunate it is for the Eagles, and most importantly Peters, it opens up a trading window for the Jaguars.
The Eagles re-signed King Dunlap, a back up swing tackle, recently but he's not a long term solution for the left tackle position. A player who could be a long term solution however is Iowa left tackle Riley Reiff, who most project to be picked in the Top 12 of the 2012 NFL Draft. The problem with that however is the fact that the Eagles have the No. 15 overall pick, so they'll likely need to move up to get the draft's second best left tackle. It's unlikely that Reiff makes it past the Panthers and the Bills, both teams that could use help on their offensive line. If he slips past those two, he'll need to make it past the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Cowboys.