In their first year under Head Coach Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles have won a divisional title and have found their star quarterback in Nick Foles. These are extremely important accomplishments that should not be taken for granted.
However, as illustrated in the Wild Card play-off against the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles still have areas of their game that they can improve. These improvement begins with the 2014 NFL Draft.
One year after having the No. 4 overall pick, the Eagles will select 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft which will take place between May 8-10. The Eagles also have the 54th overall pick in the 2nd round, the 86th overall pick in the third round, along with a few picks in the fourth, fifth, and seventh rounds that are yet to be announced.
Here is a few things the Eagles must improve this off-season with the NFL Draft:
1. Add an athletic, play-making linebacker
During the 2013-2014 season, the Philadelphia Eagles finished 32nd in passing defense. Look for the Eagles to add an athletic, play-making linebacker that can make an instant impact by getting to the passer. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles use their 22nd overall pick to add the pass-rushing skills of Vic Beasley, the outside linebacker from Clemson.
2. Add a safety
The safety situation must be upgraded. Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen wasn’t too bad, but still not good enough to be the primary safety. Patrick Chung struggled all season long and shouldn’t be on the roster at all. Even with the return of rookie Earl Wolff, a promising safety, the Eagles still need a true strong safety. If a strong safety is available during the draft, it would not be a bad idea to pick one up.
3. Upgrade the Special Teams
It is time for a new kicker. Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery is just not cutting it any more. His kick-offs are too short and his field goals beyond 40-yards are often painful to watch, like the wayward 48-yard field goal attempt in the Wild Card play-off game.