It’s no secret that the Eagles have some definite holes to fill on their current roster. It’s also no secret that the majority of these holes fall on the defensive side of the ball. I’ve yet to see a mock draft that has the Eagles taking an offensive player with their first pick. If they did, I would assume it would be an offensive lineman or maybe if C.J. Spiller fell down to them but that’s about it.
So if/when the Eagles decide to draft a defensive player with their pick, where will they go? Everyone knows they need to fill holes on the defense, but there are multiple holes. Come draft day, the Eagles will be looking to draft players at defensive end, linebacker, and safety early on in the draft. There will be a few factors that determine where exactly the Eagles decide to go with this pick.
One of the biggest factors will be if they make any splashes in the free agency market. For example, if they decide they really want to pursue Julius Peppers and end up signing him, it won’t be as important for them to draft a defensive end early in the draft. Peppers is definitely the biggest name in free agency this year but many teams will be weary because of his age. I’m sure the Eagles will at least look into Peppers but their track record with older players makes me think that they’d rather address the position in the draft.
At safety, the Eagles would love to get their hands on Eric Berry but that’s just not going to happen unless they move up into the top five. After Berry, there are Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays who are also projected first rounders. There are a lot of questions about Mays and his coverage skills and he is starting to slip. However, he is a tremendous athlete and I’m sure he’s going to have a solid combine and will probably creep up a little bit. I think Thomas is a solid player but may not be around when the Eagles draft. If he is, I could see the Eagles taking him.
We all know the troubles the Eagles had with the linebackers this year so you have to believe this is a big priority for them. Brandon Graham, Sergio Kindle, Sean Weatherspoon, and Navorro Bowman are all possible first round suitors the Eagles could take.
At defensive end, a lot of mock drafts have the Eagles taking Carlos Dunlap out of Florida. He’s a big old boy and could definitely have some great potential. Everson Griffen out of USC could be another possibility.
This is definitely going to be an important draft for the Eagles and I hope they can draft with success. We will have more in-depth coverage of possible prospects after the combine.
Who do you think the Eagles should draft with their first pick?