Now with the 4th pick in the 2013 NFL draft the Philadelphia Eagles select…
Round 1: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Most people are surprised that I don’t have the Eagles drafting either Warmack or Joeckel, but I believe both will be off the board at this pick. The early perception is that Chip Kelly will convert the Eagles to a 3-4 defense and they have interviewed 2 coaches so far to fill their DC vacancy and both run a 3-4 scheme. The Eagles already have a lack of good linebackers and will need at least 3 good ones to have any chance of success in the 3-4. Jones is the best 3-4 OLB available in the draft and has the ability to rush the passer and has the ability to drip back in coverage. If he is drafted, the Eagles would most likely use him like the Cowboys use Demarcus Ware, and they will use Mychal Kendricks as their cover backer.
Round 2: Eric Reid,S. LSU
Reid is probably the best safety available in the draft, but due to inconsistency and lack of discipline at big times might see him fall to the 2nd round. It is no mystery that the Eagles need help at safety. Both Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman ranked in the top 12 of missed tackles and a team can’t win if their safety nets are missing that many tackles. Reid is a big, physical safety who would instantly fill one of the Eagles holes at safety.
Round 2: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
I think it is here that the Eagles find the missing piece to their offensive line by trading back into the 2nd round. Jones would instantly fill the Eagles hole at right guard, a position that was filled by Danny Watkins the last two years.
Round 4: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Some may be shocked by this pick, but having two good tight ends is the up-and-coming trend in the NFL and a tight end is a young quarterback’s best friend. Toilolo is 6-8 and will pose as a red zone threat and is a match up challenge anywhere on the field. With Toilolo, the Eagles will have their version of the Gronkowski-Hernandez duo in New England.
Round 5: Jonathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia
If the Eagles do change to a 3-4 scheme, the Eagles will need a NT with no one on the roster big enough to fill that role. Jenkins is a big boy, measuring in a 6-3, 351 lbs., and his main strength is as a run stopper. He would probably get a good chance of starting unless the Eagles bring in an outside NT to fill their need.
Round 7: Patrick Omameh, OG, Michigan
With this pick the Eagles will pick Omameh to be a developmental pick for the future. Omameh has high potential, but needs to learn how to use his hands better while blocking. He is quick and agile for someone his size and has a high football IQ.