Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper Jr. Predicts The Eagles Will Draft...

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (1) catches a touchdown pass over Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has posted his first 2014 NFL Mock Draft over at ESPN.com and his first round pick for the Eagles is on the offensive side of the ball. From now until May 8th he will get a lot air time discussing his thoughts and insights on the upcoming draft. I don’t know how reliable those insights are but here is his reasoning for the pick:

I’d consider this more of a “best player available” pick than an outright need, but Benjamin would fill a distinctive role for the Eagles. Riley Cooper has decent size, but doesn’t create separation with speed (and is a free agent), and DeSean Jackson is exceptionally quick still, but lacks a physical presence. Benjamin combines some of both, with a huge frame for a wide receiver at near 6-5 and a lean 230-plus pounds. He possesses not just speed, but a lot of change-of-direction burst. He can simply overwhelm defenders and make plays, and would be a nice weapon for Chip Kelly.

To be honest I did not see that coming. That is a provocative pick. For at least the second half of the season the Eagles appeared to have their offense set for next season. But with the future of Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Riley Cooper, (unrestricted Free Agent) and Jeremy Maclin, (ACL Injury) in question for the moment I can see the reason for the pick. However, I still think the Eagles need an effective pass-rusher. I think the corner backs and safety positions will be fine by the beginning of the season later this year. Philadelphia Eagles safety Earl Wolfe will have the entire off-season to heal.

The good thing for sure is by the time the draft rolls around the Eagles, wide receiver picture will be a little more settled. Free Agency will be completed or near completion. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman will know for sure which direction they will go.

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