Top 5 Philadelphia Eagles’ 2nd Round Targets in 2014 NFL Draft

Best 2nd Round Options for Philadelphia Eagles

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There has been significant speculation about the Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman's draft strategy. In the first round, most NFL Draft experts expect the team to bolster the secondary by drafting a safety like Calvin Pryor or cornerback like Justin Gilbert. Assuming the team upgrades the secondary in the first round, the second round will be wide open. Here are a handful of players who the Eagles should target in the second.

5. Jeremiah Attoachu

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5. Jeremiah Attoachu

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The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Jeremiah Attaochu is a prototypical 3-4 defensive end who has the versatility to pressure the quarterback as well as hold his own against the run. With Trent Cole now in his early 30s, Attaochu could be used as a situational pass rusher initially before moving into a full-time role in the years ahead.

4. Jimmie Ward

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4. Jimmie Ward

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Even if the Eagles draft a defensive back in the first round, Jimmie Ward's speed and athleticism would be a welcomed addition in the secondary. Thought to be a mid-round selection early in the pre-draft process, Ward stood out at the Senior Bowl, and his draft stock has been rising ever since. Hard-hitting safeties who excel in pass coverage are in demand around the league, and the Eagles should strongly consider him if he is available.

3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins' blocking sets him apart from the other elite tight ends in this draft class, Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro, who were rarely asked to block in college. The Eagles are a running team at their core, and Seferian-Jenkins would be the perfect young player to groom as the long-term replacement for Brent Celek, the team's primary in-line blocking tight end. With luck, he would evolve into a devastating Gronk-like red-zone threat.

2. Lamarcus Joyner

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2. Lamarcus Joyner

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Lamarcus Joyner does not have the size or blazing speed of first-round-caliber corners like Darquez Dennard or Kyle Fuller, but he makes up for it with the best playmaking instincts and leadership traits of any defensive back in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Eagles had great luck drafting a similarly small cornerback in Brandon Boykin, and Joyner fits that profile. Joyner also projects as an elite special teams player who would contribute right away.

1. Jordan Matthews

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1. Jordan Matthews

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Jordan Matthews was the most productive college wide receiver over the past two seasons. Moreover, anytime a 6-foot-3 wide receiver runs a sub 4.5 40-yard dash, he has a chance to be a true No. 1 receiver at the NFL level. Matthews' college game tape demonstrated his hands, route-running and body control. Add it all up, and Jordan Matthews checks all the necessary boxes to become the Eagles' X receiver of the future.


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