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Philadelphia Eagles: Team Draft Needs

Mario Puig

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Coming off a promising season in which they won the NFC East title and found a franchise quarterback in Nick Foles, the Eagles appear one or two players away from serious NFC contention. The offense could use another playmaking pass catcher, but most of the needs are on the defense, where Philadelphia is still trying to complete its transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Outside linebacker is a clear issue with Trent Cole and Brandon Graham as misfit 4-3 ends, and most of the secondary could use upgrades, too.

1. Safety


Former second-round pick Nate Allen improved for Philadelphia in 2013, but he’s a free agent and he still wasn’t good enough for a team with Super Bowl ambitions. Patrick Chung, meanwhile, is basically a non-consideration for a starting role, and 2013 fifth-round pick Earl Wolff is still unproven. The Eagles to need to add competition at safety at the very least.


2. Cornerback


Brandon Boykin emerged as a strong nickel corner in 2013, so the Eagles are set in the slot at the very least. The two outside starters signed in free agency – Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher – were not as good as advertised, however. The Eagles should make it a priority to make one of those two expendable by the draft’s conclusion.


3. Outside linebacker


Trent Cole might not be in Philadelphia’s plans going forward, even after a strong finish to his first year as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Brandon Graham is a misfit in the scheme and therefore not an ideal replacement prospect, and free agent signing Connor Barwin finished his first year in Philadelphia with just five sacks.


Potential targets

Safety


First round

-Calvin Pryor*, Louisville (6-2, 210)

Second round
-Deone Bucannon, Washington State (6-1, 215)
-Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (6-0, 205)
-Dion Bailey*, USC (6-0, 200)

Third round
-Terrence Brooks, Florida State (5-11, 200)
-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 190)
-Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt (6-0, 205)

Fourth round and later
-Vinnie Sunseri*, Alabama (6-0, 210)
-Marqueston Huff, Wyoming (5-11, 195)
-Craig Loston, LSU (6-1, 210)
-Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State (5-10, 210)
-Dezmen Southward (6-1, 210)

Cornerback


First round

-Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (6-0, 200)
-Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (5-11, 200)
-Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (6-0, 195)
-Jason Verrett, TCU (5-10, 180)
-Bradley Roby*, Ohio State (5-11, 190)

Second round
-Marcus Roberson*, Florida (6-0, 195)
-Terrance Mitchell*, Oregon (6-0, 190)
-Victor Hampton*, South Carolina (5-10, 200)

Third round
-E.J. Gaines, Missouri (5-10, 195)
-Louchiez Purifoy*, Florida (6-0, 190)
-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 190)

Fourth round and later
-Keith McGill, Utah (6-2, 205)
-Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma (6-0, 190)
-Chris Davis, Auburn (5-10, 200)
-Antone Exum, Virginia Tech (6-0, 220)

(3-4) Outside linebacker

First round


-Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 245)
-Marcus Smith, Louisville (6-3, 250)

Second round
-Dee Ford, Auburn (6-2, 240)
-Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (6-3, 240)

Third round
-Demarcus Lawrence*, Boise State (6-3, 240)
-Trevor Reilly, Utah (6-5, 255)
-Aaron Lynch*, South Florida (6-5, 245)

Fourth round and later

-James Gayle, Virginia Tech (6-4, 255)
-Chris McAllister, Baylor (6-2, 255)
-Ronald Powell*, Florida (6-3, 240)
-Brendan Kelly, Wisconsin (6-6, 255)
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