My SICKNESS is at levels beyond modern medicine. The NFL schedule is out. Free Agency has come and gone. Players have been traded and it all leads up to one thing; The Crown Jewel of the NFL Non-Playing Season. We are now on final countdown to the NFL Draft. By now there have been millions of mock drafts thrown out there, with many people pretending to know what’s in the minds of NFL GM’s and owners. Most of them just hoping and praying that they can say I told you so once all the pageantry in NYC is complete. Me, I will let it all play out, but that doesn’t mean that I am without opinion. With that in mind, I will give you my thoughts on what the Eagles might do with their first 3 picks.
After the season ended, their top needs in my mind were up the gut of the defense. It was a defense that finished 16th in the league against the run. That’s not gonna get Andy Reid and the Eagles back to the Super Bowl. They addressed the MLB position getting DeMeco Ryans from Houston for one of their 2 3rd round picks. He’s the perfect type of linebacker for the Eagles, cheap and coming off an injury. Just the way Reid and Co. like ‘em. If he is back to 100% he will be a big upgrade to the LB crew. He was like a fish out of water when Houston moved to the 3-4, so I’m sure it was music to his ears when he heard that the Eagles had interest.
First Round(15): The middle of the DL needs immediate attention. Luckily, the DT position is one of the deepest in this year’s draft. Philly has a lot of ammunition giving them many options. They can trade up from the 15 spot and take someone like Fletcher Cox who would fit smoothly into the Wide-9. They could sit tight at 15 and take Mark Barron or a hybrid DE/LB like Courtney Upshaw, then get a tackle in the 2nd round like Jerel Worthy with one of their two picks. Either way, I think the Eagles are sitting pretty with their draft slot. In the end, unless Cox or Brockers are available look for the Eagles to look elsewhere to upgrade the defense. My guess would be Upshaw.
2nd Round(46&51): This will be the most fun part of the draft for me. One of these picks could be gone if they try to move up. If they don’t make a move then they can really solidify the squad with some good moves. Asante Samuel, for all intents and purposes, is gone. They had a deal with Denver, and even though that fell through, I’m sure something will be done by Thursday night. Rodgers-Cromartie has shown that he is not comfortable as a slot DB. Brandon Boykin and Janoris Jenkins would be welcome additions. If they don’t go DT in the first round then this is where they’d have to use one of those picks. Mike Patterson has been solid. Cullen Jenkins came over from Green Bay and assumed a leadership role for this team. But both of those guys could use some help. Worthy, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson should all be available here. My guess here would be Still and Jenkins.
3rd Round(88): So having addressed DT, OLB, and CB with those first 3 picks, the needs that are still out there: OT, SS, and possibly QB. I would not be surprised here to see the Eagles go after a quarterback here. Kafka and Edwards might be okay for 1 game or mop up duty. But, if Vick misses extended time, as he has in the past, they need a better option. And looking forward, Vick is on the wrong side of 30. Brock Osweiler and Nick Foles are two guys that I am very familiar with being out here on the West Coast. Osweiler fits a bit better being more mobile that the old school pocket-style Foles. They could also look at the offensive tackle position here. Both Herremans and Jason Peters are 30+ and the latter is coming off an achilles injury. Demetress Bell is just a stop gap for this season. I’d expect him to get his walking papers once Peters is healthy. With such uncertainty, someone like Mitchell Schwartz could find himself in green. My guess, Osweiler is gone by the 3rd round, and probably Schwartz too, but this is my world so they get Schwartz. Eagles are one injury away from leaving Vick exposed.