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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Philadelphia Eagles

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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters for Philadelphia Eagles

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he 2014 NFL draft is slowly creeping up on us as the annual scouting combine where all the big time prospects come out to show their stuff is right around the corner. This is the time of year when teams stack their boards and realize what needs they have and how between the draft and free agency they are going to fill them.

It is no different for the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a clear list of needs, and a specific type of player that Chip Kelly covets both on offense and defense. The plan is clear for Howie Roseman, Tom Gamble, and the rest of the scouting staff. Go out and find this type of player.

In previous seasons, the Eagles admittedly reached for certain positions that filled a need while ignoring the best player on the board. Roseman and company have scratched this strategy. They have now honed in on picking the best available athlete regardless of need.

This is how the championship teams do it. Look at the Seattle Seahawks. Many of their main contributors on that vaunted defense were selected in the fifth round or later, including All-world cornerback Richard Sherman. The Seahawks' general manager, John Schneider is masterful at finding diamonds in the rough. Heck, even his franchise quarterback was selected in the third round.

While the Eagles no doubt need to hit it big in the early rounds, they need to go back to finding players in the later rounds. They need meat and potatoes guys that can win ball games. They have the right staff to do it. Gamble played a huge role in assembling an extremely impressive San Francisco 49ers team.

If he works any sort of the same magic with the Eagles, they will be in business for a long time to come. Let's take a look at 5 NFL Draft Prospects who could become instant starters for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Darqueze Dennard

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Darqueze Dennard is the top rated cornerback in the draft and for good reason. He gets up in receivers' faces and bullies the opposition. He just has a great feel for playing the cornerback position. He could step right in on day one and start if called upon.

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Kony Ealy

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Kony Ealy is raw but certainly has all the skills to be a dominant pass rusher. He has great size at 6-foot-5, 276 pounds, and the speed, strength, and athleticism to dominate off the edge. He may remind some of another Missouri Tiger, Aldon Smith. Ealy could be special if/when he puts it all together.

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Calvin Pryor

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Calvin Pryor is a multidimensional safety. He may remind some of Earl Thomas. He can hit, he can cover and he can make plays on the ball. While he may be a bit undersized he will simply get the job done when his numbers called. For an Eagles team that desperately needs help at safety, Pryor could be a Week 1 starter.

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Mike Evans

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Mike Evans is a beast in every sense of the word. He is big, strong, and fast. A rare combination in a wide receiver. The Eagles right now are unsettled at the receiver position with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper both pending free agents. Evans would give Nick Foles the big, athletic target he needs and would be a perfect compliment to the speedy DeSean Jackson. Evans could make a major impact on this offense in Week 1.

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Anthony Barr

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Anthony Barr is a prototypical Chip Kelly athlete. He is big, long, strong, and ultra athletic. Kelly would love a guy like Barr who can both cover and rush the passer to add to his defense. Right now the Eagles lack a dynamic pass rushing presence. Barr would give them that and then some right away.