By Ryan Wenzell on May 12, 2014
All in all, it was an event filled weekend for Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and company. The Philadelphia Eagles were movers and shakers as they traded up and down in multiple rounds. They did a nice job of adding to the pipeline and improving the football team.
Having said all of that, let's take a look at grades for each of the Philadelphia Eagles' seven selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles hit some bad luck in Round 1 when according to Coach Chip Kelly six guys they targeted were all off the board at 22. Instead of panicking they traded back, picked up an extra third rounder and still landed a pass rusher with lots of upside in Marcus Smith. While it may have been a bit of a reach, they addressed their most pressing need.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a big need for more playmakers and depth at the receiver spot, so they were aggressive in trading up near the top of the second round to land one. They got their man in Jordan Matthews. He's big, strong, fast and a real character kid.
The Philadelphia Eagles further strengthened their offense by selecting a player Chip Kelly is very familiar with in Oregon's Josh Huff. He is simply explosive. He can come in and be a terror in the slot and also contribute on special teams. Solid pick.
Jaylen Watkins, the brother of Sammy Watkins, can simply fly. He is also versatile enough to play either safety or corner, although the Eagles are said to like him on the outside at corner. Watkins was an absolute steal at the top of the fourth round and has a chance to be an eventual starter in the Eagles' secondary.
Chip Kelly picked up another player he is very familiar with in mammoth defensive end Taylor Hart. Hart is a two-gapping defensive end who is stout against the run and has potential as a pass rusher. The Eagles are slowly but surely building a heck of a defensive line for their 3-4 defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles needed skill and depth in the back end, and they got it in the form of Ed Reynolds. Reynolds is a smart, instinctive football player who also happens to have great size and solid speed for the position. Reynolds could come right in and battle for playing time and perhaps even start in the near future.
The Philadelphia Eagles lacked a true big, space eater at the nose tackle position, they certainly found one in Beau Allen. He stands 6-foot-2, 333-pounds and is a mauler in the middle of a defense. He will be a welcomed addition in Philadelphia.
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