By John Ulecka @johnnyu9322 on April 2, 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking in a number of ways when Day 2 of the NFL Draft rolls around. They hold the 54th selection in Round 2, and there are a variety of prospects they can choose. Which are the best players to fit what Chip Kelly wants to do with the team?
Pierre Desir is a small-school defensive back out of Lindenwood, but he showed in the Senior Bowl that he can become a solid cornerback. He intercepted a pass in the game and has been shooting up draft boards ever since.
Desir is a big corner, at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds; his fluidity in the hips, along with his flexibility, makes him a valuable commodity. Philadelphia could be parting ways with Cary Williams, and Desir would be an ideal fit.
The Eagles will be looking heavily at WR in the upcoming draft. Odell Beckham has outstanding speed (4.43 40 yard dash) and acceleration, and fits the Eagles' offense. The LSU product will be able to contribute as a slot WR, and also use his speed as a returner. I can see the Eagles using the 5-foot-11 Beckham in a variety of ways to utilize his speed.
Stephon Tuitt, at 6-foot-6, 304 pounds, fits the Eagles' 3-4 defensive scheme. He has mendacious speed and power, and Tuitt can play both inside or outside on the defensive line. He posted 20 career sacks for the Fighting Irish, and the Eagles can use his zealous talent in many ways.
The 6-foot, 201 pound safety has the recognition skills to attack the ball. Dion Bailey was used as a hybrid safety playing some OLB, but will see all his time at safety in the NFL. The Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins and re-signed Nate Allen, but Bailey could be Allens' replacement if he were to struggle next season. He brings awareness and vision for the position.
Pass rusher is one of the biggest needs for Philadelphia, with Cole and Barwin both in their 30's. Kyle Van Noy has an inveterate motor, and his balance, change of direction and quickness off the edge are tantalizing. He slides off blockers well and attacks ball carriers vigorously. The Eagles could use him as a situational rusher as a rookie and get major production.
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