2014 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles’ Early Seven-Round Mock
Philadelphia Eagles' Seven-Round Mock
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles are currently sitting atop the NFC East, it’s never too early to start looking towards the offseason and the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. There are numerous areas they must improve in, and there won’t be a better opportunity to get better than the draft.
Of those areas needing improvement, one of the biggest concerns is safety. Throughout the 2013 season, the Eagles have been going with a combination of Nate Allen, Earl Wolff and Patrick Chung at the two safety spots. All three have played both free and strong safety, and none of them have been impressive no matter the position. If the Eagles are going to field a capable secondary moving forward, they need a significant upgrade at safety.
Despite their need at safety, the Eagles still have holes across the board. Seeing as they’ve been extremely susceptible against the pass, adding a legitimate cornerback to the mix would be wise. Philadelphia is also expected to see a couple wide receivers leave via free agency this offseason, so bolstering the position should be a priority. Even quarterback might be a position worth addressing during the draft.
Either way, the Eagles need to make the most of their draft picks in May. The 2014 NFL Draft will offer Philadelphia an opportunity to keep their roster fresh while addressing the problems that have cropped up during the season.
With that in mind, here’s a look at what the Eagles could choose to do with their six current draft picks when the 2014 NFL Draft finally rolls around.
1st Round: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
It’s no secret the Eagles’ secondary needs some serious help. Even though their safeties have been playing acceptable football as of late, they can’t continue to get by with these backup-caliber safeties. If the Eagles were smart, they’d take the best safety in the draft with their first-round pick. Clinton-Dix is a physical, aggressive defender who plays the run better than just about every safety in college football. He’s also a terrific cover man, and could develop into a Pro Bowler before too long.
2nd Round: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan
The Eagles’ issues in the secondary go behind the safety position. So far this season, they haven’t gotten good play from their cornerbacks, which could lead them to bolster the position via the draft. If that’s the case, adding a player like Dennard would be a great move. A physical cover man who isn’t afraid to lay the wood, Dennard does a great job of using his footwork and agility to stick with wide receivers. If he can cut down on penalties, the Michigan State product could be a legitimate No. 1 cornerback in the NFL.
3rd Round: Devin Street, WR, Pitt
With numerous receivers headed for free agency after what has turned out to be an inconsistent season for the group, the Eagles are going to need some extra help out wide. With Street, they’d be getting an athletic, soft-handed receiver with the ability to make big plays in the passing game. He has outstanding body control and does a great job of adjusting to the ball in the air. If he’s going to succeed in the NFL, Street will need to bulk up and improve on his route running.
4th Round: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
There’s no denying that LeSean McCoy is the featured back in Philadelphia, but you can never have enough talented runners in Chip Kelly’s offense. Crowell is a superb running back with elite talent, but a questionable character. He was dismissed from Georgia after being arrested on felony gun charges, and took his talents to ASU to continue his football career. When he plays, he’s a threat to score six every time he touches the ball. If the Eagles feel comfortable with his maturity, Crowell is definitely worth a mid-round flier.
5th Round: Stephen Morris, QB, Miami (FL)
Even with Nick Foles playing well and Matt Barkley waiting in the wings, the Eagles could still use another quarterback moving forward who has the athleticism to run the read-option offense. Morris is an intriguing prospect who has plenty of speed and elusiveness, but might not have the arm to get the job done in the NFL. He’s been extremely inconsistent throughout his college career, but could develop into a quality passer with the proper coaching.
5th Round (via NE): Nat Berhe, SS, San Diego State
Just because they drafted Clinton-Dix and Dennard earlier doesn’t mean that they’re done upgrading their secondary. The Eagles need lots of help on the backend, and adding a strong safety to go with their free safety makes sense. Berhe is an intriguing prospect out of San Diego State who has been extremely productive throughout his college career. While he does struggle at times with open-field tackles, he’s a solid cover man and has the potential to develop into a quality starter at the next level.