Three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books. Four rounds remain. Although the final day of the draft isn’t the most exciting, there is still a lot of work to be done. On the final day of the draft, the Eagles currently have four picks remaining. At this time, this is how the picks look:
4th Round (101st overall – first pick in 4th round)
5th Round (141st overall)
5th Round (162nd overall)
7th Round (237th overall)
After grabbing a pass rusher and two wide receivers in the first two days of the draft, the Eagles still have a lot of work to do. They own the first pick of the third day so they can take whoever they want that is available. However, you have to believe that some things they will look to do on day three include adding depth at the linebacker position, in the secondary, and on the offensive line.
As far as the fourth round goes, they should be able to add a legitimate talent. Some of the players I think they will consider include CB Pierre Desir out of Lindenwood, and a number of linebackers including Christian Jones out of Florida State, Jordan Zumwalt out of UCLA, and Jordan Tripp from Montana.
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.
Another wild card pick they could make is taking Aaron Colvin. Colvin is a corner out of Oklahoma who would have been highly regarded early in this year’s draft if he hadn’t torn his ACL during this year’s Senior Bowl. Many people think that the Eagles would take a shot on Colvin, but it’s unsure as to where. If he is truly a player they covet and are willing to shelf for a year, he could be an option.
In the fifth round, the Eagles will likely continue to look for defensive depth and will probably look to add some depth along the offensive line. To me, the focus has to be on the defense. In the fifth round, they can still find players who can come in, compete, and make the roster. Again, linebacker and the secondary would likely be the focus. Some players on their radar include safeties Dion Bailey out of USC, Brock Vereen out of Minnesota, 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.
At the linebacker position, they could look to add a number of players to be a potential heir to DeMeco Ryans. Some inside linebackers they could look at include Lamin Barrow out of LSU, Max Bullough out of Michigan State, or James Morris out of Iowa.
With their seventh round pick, the Eagles may look to add some depth around their interior line with their current starters at guard aging. Some options they may consider include Zach Fulton out of Tennessee, Anthony Steen out of Alabama, and John Urschel out of Penn State.
There may not be some guys who come in and enter as impact players on day three, but it is still important for the Eagles to find players who can improve the team.