Going into the start of the offseason, saftey was the team's biggest need. But I think they will address part of the problem in free agency, so they can focus on their other area's of need. The success of the the great team's in the NFL hinges on the having good drafts. For NFL front offices, these are the most important few days of the season. If you haen't read my pre draft moves, click here.
Eagles trade QB Nick Foles to Chiefs for 97th pick (4th round)
Eagles Trade 4th overall pick and 5th to Arizona for 7th pick , 69th pick and a 4th pick
Eagles Trade 69th and own 4th to Seattle for 56th pick
Round 1 (7th Pick): Alabama CB Dee Milliner 6-1 197
I think Joeckel will go number 1 to the Chiefs, so the Eagles trade down and get an extra pick. Some have the Eagles selecting Milliner at 4 but CB’s don’t generally go top 5 (Patrick Patterson is the only one in the last 5 years and he went #5 overall. The average position of the first CB taken over the last 5 years in 8.6). It was obvious to anyone who watched the Eagles last season that an upgrade at Corner is needed. Milliner has above average speed and isn’t afraid to get physical. He would immediately line up opposite DRC and give the Eagles a very talented duo for the next few years.
Round 2 (35th pick): Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson 6-6 305
The Eagles line was left in shambles after season ending injuries to 3 starters. This is an area that must be addressed and I think they would take Joeckel if he falls to them at 4. Johnson has played LT for Oklahoma but some project him more as a RT in the NFL. He was a recruited as a TE coming out of HS so he has good athleticism for a tackle (Peters was originally a TE also). Johnson could step in at RT on day one and slide Herremans back inside to Guard. This move could turn the Eagles offensive line from a weakness to strength.
Round 2 (57th pick): Alabama NT Jesse Williams 6-4 320
If the Eagles do switch to a 3-4, a NT is a must early in the draft. The Eagles draft yet another member of the Alabama defense but if you watched the National Title Game, they should probably take more. Williams instantly is inserted into the starting defense as the nose tackle. Williams has adequate size to stuff the middle but also possesses good speed for his size.
Round 3 (67th pick): Georgia Safety Bacarri Rambo 6-1 206
How can you not like a football player with the name Rambo?!? Some say he has round 1 talent but his off the field concerns send him to round 3. He was suspended in 2011 for one game for violating team rules and for 4 games in 2012 after failing a drug test. Rambo possesses great size and speed for the position and has a lot of raw potential. But his inconsistent play and off the field trouble make him a risky pick, but what draft pick is a safe bet.
Round 4 (from KC): FSU QB EJ Manuel 6-5 236
The pick that is acquired while trading Nick Foles is used to acquire another QB. While a running QB is not a must for Chip Kelly, I think he would prefer his QB to have above average athleticism. Manuel gives Kelly a fun project to develop. He completed 68% of his passes during his senior year, passed for 23 TD’s and added 4 on the ground. He is not a “running QB” (he only had 310 yards rushing his senior season) but he has great athleticism and could thrive in Chip Kelly’s Offense.
Late Round Picks:
Round 6 (From Denver): Washington State OLB/DE Travis Long 6-4 249
Round 7: Auburn OG John Sullen 6-4 320
Round 7 (From Cleveland): Colorado TE Nick Kasa 6-6 260
QB: Vick, Manuel, Edwards
RB: McCoy, Brown, Lewis
WR: Jackson, Maclin, Avant, Cooper, Johnson
TE: Celek, Harbor, Kasa
OT: Peters, Johnson, Scott
OG: Mathis, Herremans, Watkins, , Sullen
C: Kelce, Reynolds
NT: Williams, Dixon
DE: Cox, Landri, Thorton, Landri
OLB: Cole, Graham, Hunt, Curry, Long
ILB Kendrick, Ryans, Chaney, Matthews, Rau
CB: Milliner, DRC, Boykin, Marsh, Hughes
S: Bryd, Allen, Rambo, Coleman, Anderson
Special Teams (3)
Going into the 2012 season, we thought it was a team poised for a great year. Now we are left wondering if this "talented" squad just underperformed or possibly some players just are not as good as we thought. I believe that there are still a lot of great pieces on this team and with a few minor tweaks, they can bring respectablity back to Philadelphia football.