Philadelphia Eagles Need To Target Anthony Barr In 2014 NFL Draft

By Ryan Wenzell
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

If there is one thing the Philadelphia Eagles really lacked last season, it was a dynamic pass rusher. Trent Cole looked visibly older and really worn down, especially in the post season. Connor Barwin is a really solid complementary outside linebacker who excels in coverage, but can’t be counted on as a go to pass rusher.

Eagles general mnager Howie Roseman and company need to go all out in acquiring a top flight young pass rusher for head coach Chip Kelly‘s defense. Anthony Barr would be the perfect guy. He has all the skills to be a top flight pass rushing linebacker in a 3-4 defense, he’s long, he’s athletic, and he has an array of pass rushing moves to get to the quarterback.

Outside of maybe Jadeveon Clowney, he may be the most athletically gifted player in this years draft. It will cost a pretty penny for the Eagles brass to go up and get him. Make no mistake about it, Barr will be coveted around the league by a variety of general managers, so the Eagles will need to move up from 22 for a chance to get this special talent.

It just may be worth it. More than anything, pass rushers make a difference in this league. Having a dominant one really takes a defense to the next level, and Barr has the potential to give them that.

For the Eagles, getting a top flight pass rusher may be one of the final pieces in getting back to being a dominant defense. Getting pressure on the quarterback masks problems on the back end. Barr will be hot property on draft day, and the Eagles will need to work their magic to land him. If they do, their fortunes may be changed overnight.

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