Philadelphia Eagles 7 Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
7 Round Mock Draft Post-Combine: Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles had one of the one of the most surprising seasons in 2013. Despite head coach Chip Kelly's first NFL season, the Eagles won the NFC East and earned its first playoff berth since 2010. Heading toward this season's NFL Draft, no one would think that the Eagles would be holding the No. 22 pick; more people thought it would be more like the No. 2 pick. However, with a successful season and an innovative offense, Philadelphia has become one of the dark horses to contend for a championship next season.
Despite the success, there are still glaring holes to fill on this team. The defense could always improve, especially the secondary. The Eagles' pass defense surrendered the most yards in the NFL. Adding more pieces to a still transitioning 3-4 defense could also help. Philadelphia doesn't have all the pieces it should on that side of the ball. They are still in search for a 3-4 nose tackle to plug up the middle, and a defensive end that can fit in the 3-4 scheme. Pending what happens in free agency, the Eagles could also need to make some additions on the offensive side of the ball. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper to become free agents. If Philadelphia loses both of them, suddenly, they need another playmaker on offense. Of course, just like any other team, Philadelphia could also add depth to some of their roster spots.
All of these needs should, and will, be addressed in the draft. The Eagles might not be able to fill all these voids, but there will definitely be some upgrades and picks Philadelphia can make. It is a little early, and some of these picks may change depending on what the Eagles do in free agency. So, here are the seven picks (no sixth round pick, but two fifth round picks) that the Eagles should make in the NFL Draft.
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Round 1: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Calvin Pryor is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, safety in the draft. The Eagles need an upgrade at the position desperately, and Pryor would be the playmaking, hard hitting safety needed to make teams fear Philadelphia's secondary.
Round 2: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Despite some successful play from role players, the Eagles never found a real 3-4 nose tackle to help stop the run. He would be a great fit in Philadelphia as one of the best nose tackles in the draft. He is also pretty athletic for his size, as he had seven batted down passes, one interception, and two sacks in 2013.
Round 3: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
The Eagles are still in need for a cornerback to fix one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Lamarcus Joyner is a speedy, big play cornerback who could fit right into Philadelphia's system.
Round 4: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Here is the first Kelly guy off the board. Taylor Hart played for him at Oregon and would be one of the best fits for the Eagles. Philadelphia needs a 3-4 defensive end, and Hart was productive enough at Oregon to be able to fill this void. His speed and versatility make him an ideal fit for the Eagles.
Round 5: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
This isn't so much a need, it's more of a fit for both teams. De'Anthony Thomas enjoyed his best season in college while he was coached by Kelly. He is one of the fastest players in the entire draft, and he has the potential to be one of the biggest playmakers in Kelly's high tempo offense.
Round 5: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Depending on what happens in free agency, receiver could be a huge void for Philadelphia to fill in the draft. Devin Street, despite injuries, would still be a big, physical receiver the Eagles would need to move the chains.
Round 7: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
The Eagles will finish out this NFL Draft with another pick from Kelly's former team. Depending on how free agency goes for Philadelphia, they could have a need for a tight end late in the draft. Colt Lyerla has some character issues, which made him almost undraftable. However, after an impressive combine, Kelly could find a place for him on his offense. Lyerla is one of the most talented tight ends and has the potential to be the steal of the entire draft.