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Eagles’ Post DeSean Jackson Draft Preview


It has been about a week since former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released and notions for this draft could not be more befuddled. With having Eagles head coach Chip Kelly now going into his second year  and losing a franchise player in DeSean the motive in management is being second guessed and doubted. Chip has made it clear he has no problem making big time decisions. Also that he has no second guesses or doubts in himself, but with rather questionable moves how could Philadelphia Eagles fans not be left in darkness as of right now.

The draft is slowly but surely approaching and I can only imagine if the front office is questioning what is going to be done as much as the fans are. The consensus from what I’ve seen throughout social media is that our main need is still a Defensive End or Strong Safety and then you get the occasional distressing DeSean Jackson fans who say we go to Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans in the first round, not that I’m against getting a receiver in the first couple of rounds but first is hardly necessary. Yes the loss of DeSean is going to hurt especially from what we went through last year with having to rely solely on him and Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. But with Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin coming back we will still have an as I like to call it “Blast Past the Cornerback Attack”.

The ideal first three rounds for me go as such:

  1. Defensive End
  2. Strong Safety/Cornerback
  3. Wide Receiver

What players to take at these spots are still undecided, I have some specifically in mind but want to look more being that this is such a deep draft for almost every spot. What I do know is that our edge rushing was less than satisfactory last year even after the resurgence we had the last 10 weeks of the season, the future of Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are uncertain, and we could add more trustful depth to nearly every defensive position. Another thing you should know is that this draft is more receiver deep than any other position. If it wasn’t Id think more about the DeSean replacement but since there is an abundance I think third to fourth round is about right.

If you’re still not satisfied with this receiver corps there is a certain sleeper all you Jackson fans would be more than happy with, former Oregon utility player DeAnthony Thomas. Every line adds up with picking him in the late rounds, past Oregon graduate, terrifying speed, exceptional hands, shifty, and a great relationship with Chip Kelly (Something DeSean apparently didn’t have so reporters say). This draft is deep and I do believe in where our defense is going but its still needs far more power and depth than our Offense.

I say this in a positive outlook despite all the roller coasters we have rode this off season.

“In Chip We Trust”

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