Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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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

 

At the beginning of last season, some football analysts were under the impression that the Philadelphia Eagles were in a rebuilding year. Obviously last year’s successful campaign smashed that misconception, as the Eagles seemed poised to take it all the way to at least to the Conference championship. That vision prematurely ended in the loss to the New Orleans Saints. Fast-forwarding to present time, the Eagles officially released their star wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, and their division rivals swept in for the kill as the Washington Redskins upgraded their receiving core by signing him. The panic button should not be pressed just yet, however, “rebuilding” is a suggestion I’ve heard come up yet again. Granted, not everyone may share the idea that the Eagles are rebuilding, yet Jackson’s release has resurrected the idea fairly.

I personally do not believe the Eagles are in rebuilding mode, so to speak, however wide receiver has now become an instant focus in the draft. Just how high are the Eagles willing to draft a wide out and what type are they hoping to grab? To a fault, I am used to Philadelphia drafting small but speedy receivers or signing injury prone receivers. This is, of course, what has become customary under previous head coach Andy Reid, who now enters his second year as Kansas City Chiefs head coach. I would be happily surprised if the Eagles were to spend a high draft pick on a receiver who’s at least over 5 feet tall. I’m embellishing on the height for sure, and a tall receiver do not necessarily mean good receiver but a tall target is something the fan base has been beseeching the front office for years.

Aside from filling a rather small void at receiver, the popular consensus is that the Eagles will draft high on a defensive player. With what he had to play with last year, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis did a fine job – probably better than what he should have. His future stability with the team may depend on this season, and giving him valuable, talented pieces will help. With the acquisition of safety Malcolm Jenkins, I believe the Eagles eliminated the safety position as a need and more so turned it into an area of focus. They can definitely use an upgrade there, but the need factor may no longer be as apparent. Jenkins is competent and will do his job. Philadelphia Eagles safety Earl Wolff played well in his rookie season, and there is no reason to believe that he will not improve. The defensive line was disruptive last season. From what I seen they played well, as a run stopper and getting pressure on the quarterback. Although stats may not be on their side, they played high snaps because the offense spent a lot more time off the field. Maybe the Eagles add a piece here within the first two picks? Maybe they upgrade at corner or linebacker. Whichever the case, there may not be any glaring areas of need any more. Whoever picked in the first round, I will see as a delicacy, adding to an already great team.

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