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Philadelphia Eagles: Team Draft Needs

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.

Team draft picks (7)

Round 1 (4)
Round 2 (35)
Round 3 (67)
Round 4 (101)
Round 5 (136)
Round 7 (210)
Round 7 (239)

1. Cornerback


Not so long ago, this team signed Nnamdi Asomugh and traded for Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie when they already had Asante Samuel– a supposed dream team in the defensive backfield. That trio failed, however, and the Eagles are scrambling to rebuild. As draft night approaches, the Eagles are set to run Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams out against RG III, Eli Manning and Tony Romo.

Potential targets:

First round


Dee Milliner, Alabama

Second round


Jamar Taylor, Boise State
D.J. Hayden, Houston
Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana
Sanders Commings, Georgia
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
Darius Slay, Mississippi State

Third round

B.W. Webb, William & Mary
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
David Amerson, North Carolina State
Tharold Simon, LSU

Fourth round

Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut
Leon McFadden, San Diego State
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
Will Davis, Utah State
Logan Ryan, Rutgers

Fifth through seventh rounds

Brandon McGee, Miami
Kayvon Webster, South Florida
Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State

2. Quarterback


No one really knows what new head coach Chip Kelly’s offense will look like as he transitions into the pros. A 2003 version of Michael Vick would probably the top choice to run the theorized uptempo attack, but it’s 2013. Vick only has a few hits left, and Nick Foles runs like he’s wearing cement shoes. Kelly needs to draft the signal caller that will be directly tied to his successful transition. Philadelphia would be lucky to grab E.J. Manuel in the second round.

Potential targets:

Second round


E.J. Manuel, Florida State

Third round

Matt Scott, Arizona
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)


Fifth through seventh rounds


Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
MarQueis Gray, Minnesota

3. Offensive line

As bad as the Eagles’ line was in 2012, injuries are more to blame than talent. Jason Peters and Todd Herremans can anchor the edges if healthy, and both should be. Getting Jason Kelce back at center will be a significant upgrade, too. This is a position where upside and future starters are needed, but the immediate need isn’t as dire as fans might think.

Potential targets:

First round


Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

Second round


Kyle Long, Oregon
Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Third round

David Bakhtiari, Colorado
Brennan Williams, North Carolina
Reid Fragel, Ohio State

Fourth round

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee
David Quessenberry, San Jose State
Chris Faulk, LSU
Brian Winters, Kent State
Hugh Thornton, Illinois

Fifth through seventh rounds

Oday Aboushi, Virginia
Xavier Nixon, Florida
Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
Earl Watford, James Madison
J.C. Tretter, Cornell