Ranking The Philadelphia Eagles’ Draft Picks From Worst To First

Ranking The Philadelphia Eagles' Draft Picks From Worst To First

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Chip Kelly continues to put his stamp on the Philadelphia Eagles and after another solid draft, Eagle fans have to be optimistic entering the 2014 season. Here is a look at how the Eagles draft picks rank from worst to first.

7. Beau Allen

Beau Allen
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7. Beau Allen

Beau Allen
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Allen certainly isn't a sexy pick, but he has good size at 6-foot-2, 330 pounds and has the potential to be a stout run defender. Allen offers little as a pass rusher, but big guys are hard to find and he will add solid depth to the defensive line.

6. Ed Reynolds

Ed Reynolds
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6. Ed Reynolds

Ed Reynolds
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Reynolds was a bit of a reach in the fifth round, but he is a solid player who can add depth as a backup and contribute on special teams. He does not make many impact plays and has more value as backup than a starter.

5. Taylor Hart

Taylor Hart
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5. Taylor Hart

Taylor Hart
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Kelly is very familiar with Hart, who started for three years under the coach while he was at Oregon. Hart is a big tough defender at 6-foot-6 and 281 pounds who is stout against the run. He is an extremely hard worker and has developmental qualities. He is best suited as a rotational player, but plays better than expected and could push for a bigger role down the road.

4. Josh Huff

Josh Huff
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4. Josh Huff

Josh Huff
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The Eagles grabbed another former Oregon player with Huff, but the pick was a bit of a reach in the third round. Huff doesn't possess great size or speed, but he is a solid receiver who knows Kelly's system, which should help him contribute right away. He will have a good chance to be a top-four receiver for the Eagles in 2014.

3. Jaylen Watkins

Jaylen Watkins
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3. Jaylen Watkins

Jaylen Watkins
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Watkins was a good find in the fourth round. He has ideal size and speed for an NFL corner and has a chance to compete for playing time right away. Watkins is best suited to be a slot corner, but will also excel on special teams. He's better in zone coverage than playing man-to-man and could potentially be shifted to safety.

2. Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith
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2. Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith
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Smith was a slight reach for the Eagles, but you can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL, and that is one thing Smith can do. He lacks ideal size for a 4-3 defensive end, so he will be edge rusher and could convert to outside linebacker in the 3-4. Regardless of where he lines up, he will pressure the quarterback, which makes this a solid pick for Philadelphia.

1. Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews
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1. Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews
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Matthews was a great get in the second round. He is one of the most NFL-ready receivers in the 2014 Draft and is the complete package with great size, speed and hands. He is the all-time leader for the SEC in both receptions and receiving yards, and should contribute right away. He could eclipse the 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie. There is very little risk factor with Matthews; at worst, he will be a solid no. 2 or no. 3 wide receiver.


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