By Ryan Wenzell on March 21, 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles made some noise in free agency, grabbing a starting safety in Malcolm Jenkins, a cornerback to compete for a starting job on the outside in Nolan Carroll and a game-breaker in Darren Sproles. This frees them up to really take the best available player in the NFL Draft. Let's take a look at the updated first-round scenarios for the Eagles post-free agency.
Dee Ford is as feared a pass rusher as there is in the country. Some teams have concerns about his size, but he simply gets the job done off the edge. He is also a supreme athlete, and he showed it at the combine by running a 4.5 40. It is possible he could be available near the bottom of Round 1. The Eagles could trade down, stockpile more picks and still land a skilled pass rusher.
The Philadelphia Eagles went and nabbed a starting safety early on in free agency with the versatile and skilled Malcolm Jenkins. They still need a talented safety to pair with him. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix fits that bill. Clinton-Dix can do a bit of everything and would be a nice fit next to Jenkins now and in the future.
Rumors are swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to unload DeSean Jackson. If that happens It would only leave the Eagles with two starting caliber receivers in Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin who is coming off an ACL injury. It would be imperative at that point to draft a receiver. Who better than Mike Evans? He has a devastating size and speed combination and would come in to give Nick Foles a heck of a target now and in the future.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the versatile Malcolm Jenkins manning one safety spot. The former cornerback's specialty is being sound in coverage and sticking opposing tight ends and wide receivers. Who better to complement him than the in the box thumper Calvin Pryor? Pryor can lay the wood and also make plays on the ball when needed. He'd be the perfect fit next to Jenkins.
The Eagles' one crying need is the lack of a dynamic pass rusher. There are a few available in this draft, and Anthony Barr is certainly one of them. It would require the Eagles moving up from 22. The Eagles should do everything possible to land Barr as he is the perfect fit in Billy Davis' defense and the type of athlete Chip Kelly covets on that side of the ball.
March 30, 2015 by Connor Fulton
See how the signing of Jimmy Wilson to replace Marcus Gilchrist compares to the San Diego Chargers’ decision to steal Orlando Franklin from the Denver Broncos. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Calvin Cress
Based on his rookie performance with the Oakland Raiders, T.J. Carrie is headed for a huge sophomore season in 2015. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Timothy Downs
The Atlanta Falcons have been disciplined by the NFL in absolutely embarrassing fashion for pumping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome in 2013 and 2014. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Kelly Anderson
The recent signing of Greg Hardy should not affect the Dallas Cowboys' draft strategy and here's why. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Gil Alcaraz IV
The Philadelphia Eagles need help at wide receiver, which is why signing Miles Austin would make some sense. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Keith Alrick
The St. Louis Rams don't have many picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, so they need to make them all count. Read More
Here's why the next few months will be the most important of Dez Bryant's career. Read More
March 30, 2015 by Bryan Zarpentine
A seven-round mock draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2015 NFL Draft following the start of free agency. Read More