2014 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Finally Address Secondary On Day 3 With Jaylen Watkins

By Ryan Wenzell
Jaylen Watkins Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles finally addressed their leaky secondary with the addition of the versatile Jaylen Watkins. Watkins adds great speed to the defense as he runs a 4.4 and has the versatility to play either safety or cornerback in Billy Davis‘ 3-4 scheme.

Being versatile is huge for Chip Kelly on either side of the ball. This kid has the ability to play outside or inside at corner, or be the quarterback of the defense at safety. Davis likes his corners to play press man technique. Watkins showed at the Senior Bowl that he could do that and then some. He got up in receivers’ faces and made their lives miserable. He also has the speed to run with speedy receivers down field.

This is another great chess piece for Davis in his defense. They addressed their most glaring need on the defensive side of the ball with pass rusher Marcus Smith. Now they have added youth and skill to the secondary. This might not be a dominant defensive unit just yet, but the Eagles are building something. They have identified what they want in a player and have been aggressive in getting their guy, and also adding more picks in a deep draft.

The Eagles have addressed both offense and defense in this draft. It looks on paper like there are no glaring needs on this roster. The offense has a chance to be special — an elite unit in football. The defense is being built from the ground up. Kelly and company have laid the foundation for a team that has a chance to be great for years to come.

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