The Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2014 offseason in a very interesting position. They are coming off a 10-6 campaign in which no one expected them to reach the postseason. They set trends on offense in the pace and efficiency in which they played under Chip Kelly.
They also showed drastic improvement on the defensive side of the ball despite having inferior talent at certain positions. The foundation was laid for the type of program Kelly wants to run and the type of player he demands. Despite a first round home playoff loss this season should be seen as an overwhelmingly positive one for the Eagles and their fans.
Year 2 should be much different. Kelly now knows what to expect and has adjusted to the rigors of pro football. There won’t be any sort of a newness to the program. This is of huge benefit in free agency and the draft.
The real question is what will the Eagles’ strategy be? Will they stand pat? Will they look to trade down and load up picks? Will they be aggressive and trade up for a guy they covet? Typically, the Eagles are aggressive on draft day, but it’s always a wild card.
With the amount of holes the Eagles potentially need to fill on defense at cornerback, safety and outside linebacker, the wise bet may be to stockpile picks. This year’s draft has a record number of underclassmen.
It would be of great benefit for the Eagles to have as many cracks at some of these talented juniors as possible, especially on the defensive side of the ball. One thing is for sure, the Eagles won’t be quiet on draft day. Expect a lot of movement on all three days and for the Eagles to come out looking like a very different squad on the defensive side of the ball.