The Philadelphia Eagles Suddenly Feel Drafty

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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) celebrates after making an interception during the first quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

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The Philadelphia Eagles of 2014 were extremely proficient on offense – both the running game (first in the NFL) and the passing game (ninth in the NFL).
However, while the defense was tenth in the NFL in rushing defense,  the team suffered as the worst (32nd) passing defense.   It should be expected that with the addition of Jenkins and Caroll, the birds should show a little improvement in that aspect of their game (and not facing peyton manning will certainly help as well).    It’s clear that the job is not complete, and if a quality defensive back comes within range of the team on draft day, no one should be surprised if the team selects either a Safety or a Cornerback.

The Birds struggled with their 3-4 in the first half of the season, as their outside linebackers could only must four sacks in the first eight games.   Despite coming on strong to finish off the season with twelve sacks, the team is remarkably thin with a mere four players (despite adding OLB Braman).  With 50% of the position manned by defensive ends turned outside linebacker, expect the Birds to continue to shop aggressively for an Outside Linebacker, perhaps as early as the first round.
The Eagles receiving corps is in huge flux.

Depth

A team that is one year into a new coaching staff and new schemes likely is in need of depth at virtually every position.  The Eagles are no exception.  However, the 2013 season proved that this coaching staff can get the most of the talent on hand.   So depth for the Philadelphia Eagles is more about keeping players rested and not losing stride.     If the Eagles intend on making it deep into post season, they will surely need depth at Wide Receiver, Interior Offensive LineDefensive Line,  and Middle Linebacker.

You may add other positions to the list, either as a upgrade or as depth, but with six picks, this draft can only go so far.  For more great mock drafts, visit the database at Walter Football as well as the good folks over at the DC Pro Sports Report. We thank them for their support.  So let’s see how far we can take the Eagles shopping list into a mock draft:

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