Eagles Meeting Draft Prospects That Fill Needs

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Oct 19, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) catches the ball against California Golden Bears defensive back Damariay Drew (27) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles, despite last year’s success under first year head coach Chip Kelly, have pressing needs in familiar positions this off-season.  Wide receivers, linebackers, and members of the secondary are all positions that even prior to this off-season were critical to address in order for this football team to take the next step.  While the release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson certainly accentuates the need of a play making wide receiver, it’s important that the Philadelphia Eagles don’t solely base their drafting decisions on a single roster transaction.  Based on the collegiate draft prospects the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly have met at the scouting combine and at college pro days, it’s clear that the most vulnerable positions a season ago are appearing to be chief priorities in the NFL Draft.

Chip Kelly seems to be showing interest, legitimate or not, at some of the top wide receiver draft prospects such as Texas A&M stud Mike Evans and Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin.  Benjamin, along with USC standout Marqise Lee, garnered significant attention from the Eagles and national media members are even linking Lee to the Eagles in recent mock drafts.  With Pac-12 allegiances aside, I don’t believe that the Eagles are going to reach for a wide receiver, regardless of physical upside, when the defense clearly suffered the most a season ago.  Should the Eagles decide to surprise us and address the wide receiver position the first night, Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks would be the most fitting draft prospect to fill the vacancy of DeSean Jackson.

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