2013 NFL Draft: Kelly Looking To Add Size To Defense

We still don’t know who will be in charge of running the Eagles defense in 2013. And we still aren’t sure if the team will move to a 3-4 front, though indications point in that direction. But new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will look to add size on defense this offseason, writes Dan Pompei of The National Football Post.

“If new Eagles coach Chip Kelly adopts some of the strategies he was using at Oregon, the Eagles will begin coveting “longer” players. Kelly’s NCAA teams were known for their speed and stamina but Oregon was also recruiting taller players across the board, particularly on defense where he made length a priority with a recent change in philosophy. Some people around the league believe the Eagles will begin seeking taller players on that side of the ball.”

As Bleedinggreennation points out, there should be plenty of options available in the first round that would bring size to the Eagles defense. From their report:

“So if the Eagles were looking for “length” on defense, there are a few guys that could fit that mold. DE Barkevious Mingo is 6-5, LB Jarvis Jones is 6-3, Damontre Moore is 6-4, Star Lotulelei is 6-4.”

Both Jones and Lotulelei could make sense for the Eagles in the first round, particularly if the team opts to convert to a 3-4 scheme. They don’t currently possess a starting caliber prototypical 3-4 defensive tackle.

Stay tuned.

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