With such a fast-paced offense, the Philadelphia Eagles should be looking to upgrade the defense in the upcoming NFL Draft. With the 22 overall pick, the Eagles will look to draft a player that will both make an immediate impact, and can be a leader on the defense for many years to come.
All that being said, the Eagles should not make C.J. Mosley their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
No doubt about it, Mosley is one of the most talented defensive players in the draft. As the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year, the Alabama linebacker was one of the nation’s best when it came to inside linebackers. He led a ferocious Crimson Tide defense that was one of the best in the country. He is one of the more secure tacklers among linebacker prospects, and his combination of size and speed makes him a rare breed at the position.
The issue with Philadelphia drafting Mosley isn’t talent: it’s simply need.
While the Eagles haven’t been able to find the right 3-4 defensive players, Philadelphia has more glaring holes on its defense than in the linebacker position. Philadelphia was the worst in the league in the secondary, and this is an issue that must be addressed with the first pick. Whether it is a cornerback or safety, there are still glaring holes in the secondary that can be immediately fixed in the NFL Draft. Although Mosley is a high-impact player, he just simply isn’t he biggest need for the Eagles right now.
Also, despite some of their struggles, the Eagles don’t really have a need at inside linebacker. Philadelphia, with DeMeco Ryans being the leader of the defense and Mychal Kendricks poised to be a breakout superstar, doesn’t really have a big need for an inside linebacker right now. The Eagles still lack a pass rusher, which is something Mosley isn’t known for. Although he is a big-play backer who is always around the football, there is too much potential at linebacker for the Eagles for them to draft Mosley with their first pick.
The Eagles have way too many other issues on defense to make Mosley their first pick. There are plenty of other prospects that would be better suited for the Eagles. Drafting Calvin Pryor or even Darqueze Dennard would be better fits for the Eagles and making their defense better.
Also, there are plenty of concerns with Mosley’s play. He was originally a top-10 prospect, but recently he has seen his draft stock drop. His inability to finish on tackles, his tendency to look for the big-play too often, and injuries all raise concerns about his potential in the league. In addition, he was a member of one of the best defenses in college football. He could have hidden his weaknesses because of all the other superstars on that defense around him. Drafting Mosley, despite his talent, would be a risky move, and the Eagles should look to rebuild elsewhere on defense in the draft.