The Philadelphia Eagles need a safety to bolster their defense. In General Manager Howie Roseman, they have a man who likes to draft the best player available. Provided the Eagles don’t trade out of their number 22 pick in the upcoming draft, it could well be that the best player on the board is a safety.
Louisville’s Calvin Pryor is projected to go at the lower end of the first round and the Philadelphia Eagles look like a great fit. Pryor is a big hitter, with a reputation for a nasty streak on the field. This could be exactly what Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis needs in the back field. Pryor could step on the field from day one and improve the defense immediately, which is exactly what the organization wants from a first round pick.
Another option may be Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, another safety. Between the two, I prefer Pryor as Clinton-Dix has a habit of moving early on play action. Neither player was hurt by their NFL Combine performance, posting identical 40-yard dash times. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, another player often projected to the Eagles, didn’t have such a good combine. His 3-cone drill time was slower than two of the Eagles current offensive line, center Jason Kelce and tackle Lane Johnson. Not a good look for a receiver, which should be one of the fastest and most agile positions on the team.
It’s a long way to go until the draft, but it looks as if the stars could align for the Philadelphia Eagles to land a quality player at a position of need. The road ahead looks promising.