Day one is in the books. The Eagles went out and got a pass rusher in Marcus Smith in the first round. Some will argue that this was a bit of the reach for the Eagles while some will say the Eagles had him ranked high on their board and it made sense. Regardless, Smith is in an Eagle and their are six picks left to be made.
Whether or not you think their first pick was a good move, you have to be happy with the fact that the Eagles were able to acquire an additional third round pick. In acquiring that pick, the Eagles day two picks now are the following: 54th overall (2nd round), 83rd overall (3rd round), and 86th overall (3rd round).
Although the Eagles have added a pass rusher already, you can still argue that their needs remain the same. They can still afford to add another pass rusher while also looking to add a wide receiver, some secondary help, and some depth along the offensive line.
After passing on a wide receiver in the first round, there are a number of options that the Eagles have to look at in the second round. There are four options remaining on the board that could definitely be options with the 54th overall selection. Those options are as follows: Marqise Lee, USC (6-0 and 192 pounds), Allen Robinson, Penn State (6-3 and 220 pounds), Cody Latimer, Indiana (6-3 and 215 pounds), and Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6-3 and 212 pounds).
I don’t think Lee will be around if the Eagles stay put at 54th overall. Robinson is likely to be gone as well. However, that still leaves two big-bodied receivers in Latimer and Matthews. Both are players that have been on the radar for the Eagles and could be a good fit in the second round. Personally, I’m a fan of Matthews who is the SEC’s all-time leading receiver in both receptions (262) and yards (3,759). Matthews was a consistent producer at Vanderbilt and topped his career off there in his senior year with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and eight touchdowns.
If the Eagles don’t add a receiver in the second round, they could potentially look to upgrade their secondary with versatile safety Lamarcus Joyner or small school prospect Pierre Desir.
As we move to the third round, the Eagles will be making two picks that are very close to one another. They could look to add some additional linebackers at this point. Some of the names that come to mind include Christian Jones out of Florida State, Christian Kirksey out of Iowa, or Jordan Zumwalt out of UCLA. These are the kind of players that can come in and compete for a starting position in 2014 or be a potential long-term starter down the road.
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, they could look to add some depth to their secondary. Players that could still be available include safeties Dion Bailey out of USC, Craig Loston out of LSU, or Ahmad Dixon out of Baylor. At the corner position, some potential targets include Jaylen Watkins out of Florida, Bashaud Breeland out of Clemson, or Rashaad Reynolds from Oregon State.
If they don’t end up taking a receiver in the second round, they could potentially look at Rashaad Reynolds out of South Carolina or Jared Abbrederis out of Wisconsin. Dri Archer could be another wildcard option that they could use as a speedy weapon on the offensive side of the ball.
Personally, I think the second and third round is where you can really make or break your draft. If you look at the second and third round picks over the last two years (in what we’ll call the Howie Roseman era), the Eagles have done a terrific job. They’ve made the following five selections: Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, and Bennie Logan.
It’s very important that the Eagles have another great day two in 2014.