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.
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