5 Potential First Round Scenarios For The Philadelphia Eagles In 2014 NFL Draft
5 Potential First Round Scenarios
The Philadelphia Eagles face an interesting time in their franchise. They are coming off their first season under a new regime and a new head coach in Chip Kelly. It was a resounding success, as the Eagles were in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and even hosted a playoff game.
While the ultimate result may not have been the one they wanted, the fact that they even reached double digit wins and won the NFC East after their abysmal 4-12 2012 campaign is a minor miracle. Kelly deserves a ton of credit for the turn around. He came right in and demanded that all of his players buy in from Day 1 of the program, and boy did it ever work. The offense was fast and explosive. The defense, even devoid of talent at certain spots, overachieved and really got going in the second half. Maybe most important of all, players glowed about how fresh and healthy their bodies felt after the grind of a 16-game season.
Kelly gets an A for the job he did in his first season. The Eagles are now firmly in offseason and draft mode. Even though they won the division, they have quite a few holes to plug, especially on the defensive side. Safety was an issue all season, as it has been for a number of years. The pass rush also became a concern as the season wore on. These are just a few of the needs the Eagles have heading into the free agency and draft period.
There's no doubt that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and company will be aggressive in their pursuits to fix this defense and get back to being an NFC power house. Let's take a look at five potential first round scenarios for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2014 NFL Draft.
5. Trade Down, Stockpile Picks
The Philadelphia Eagles sit at 22. It is possible that many, if not all, of the players they covet could be off the board. If that is the case, the shrewd move would be to trade down and stockpile picks. There will still be a ton of secondary talent available in the 2nd round and to come away from Day 1 of the draft with a hard-hitting safety like Deone Bucannon and a play making cornerback like Bradley Roby wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
4. Trade Up For Darqueze Dennard
Dargueze Dennard starred in college football's stingiest secondary. This guy can simply cover. In a day and age when big, press corners are in vogue, this guy can do both. He harasses receivers at the line of scrimmage and makes life miserable for opposing receivers. This guy would provide instant impact in the Eagles' secondary.
3. Stand Pat, Select Best Safety Available
The 2014 NFL Draft's safety class is deep and there should be premier talent available in the 1st round. It may be in the Eagles' best interest to stay put at 22 and select the best available safety. Guys like Calvin Pryor and Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix should be available and could come right in and make an impact on defense.
2. Stand Pat, Select Best Cornerback Available
The cornerback class in the 2014 NFL draft is deep. Everyone is looking for the next Richard Sherman, a guy that can press and who's football IQ is through the roof. Jason Verrett may remind some of the great Sherman -- he thinks about the game and has great instincts and superb 1-on-1 ball skills. It may be the best bet for the Eagles to stay where they are and select a guy like Verrett to boost their secondary.
1. Trade Up For Anthony Barr
The Eagles' most glaring weakness this past season was the lack of a pass rush. They simply lack any young, dynamic pass rushers on their team. Chip Kelly loves long, rangy athletes, and Anthony Barr is just that. He can rush the passer, cover and even make plays on the ball. He truly is a "Kelly" guy.
If the Eagles want a defensive player that could make an impact Week 1, trading up for Barr should be their main focus.