By Jordan Wevers @JordanWevers on April 17, 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles were great on offense last year, but not so much defense. Now is the time for Chip Kelly to truly begin building his team. According to NFL.com, his major needs heading into the 2014 NFL Draft are at S, LB and DL. Only 22 more days to go until Kelly is given his draft grade.
Kennard has great pedigree. His father, Derek, played 11 seasons in the NFL trenches. In Super Bowl XXX for the Cowboys, Derek started at center despite having a separated shoulder. Devon comes from a very reputable program. He bounced around at various positions before settling in at OLB with USC in his senior year. He led his team with 13.5 TFL, and nine sacks. Flying under the radar, he could be a great late-round pickup or FA signing even.
Nate Allen has not really panned out. Philadelphia got their rangy safety by signing Malcolm Jenkins. They need someone to be their modern day Brian Dawkins. Those are tough shoes for anyone to fill. Loston's measurable's are 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds. He was a hard hitting leader in the secondary at LSU. He would be a physical presence in the box at safety, something the Eagles have lacked since Weapon-X left in 2009.
Three-four defensive schemes can never have enough pass rushers. Van Noy was a standout player in coverage and rushing the passer at BYU with 27 sacks and seven INTs during his four-year NCAA career. At 6-foot-3, he should be disruptive knocking balls down at the line of scrimmage as well. The Eagles should take a chance on him in the third round if Van Noy is still available.
Chip Kelly attended Louisville's pro day earlier this year. Some think it was to scout Marcus Smith, others think it was to see this man. Or maybe both? But Adams would make a great replacement at slot for the aging Jason Avant. They have perimeter speed in Jeremy Maclin to counteract the loss of DeSean Jackson. As a sophomore, Adams was Bridgewater's favorite target in 2013. He led the NCAA with 131 REC, 1,719 YDS (second) and 24 TDs.
Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC were failed experiments at cornerback. It's time the organization develops a Pro-Bowl talent at the position, instead of trading or signing ones past their prime. Roby ran 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Combine. He comes from an elite program, and should be available in second half of round one. Draft and enjoy, Mr. Kelly.
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