While the Philadelphia Eagles reiterated their stance of taking the best player available throughout the draft, they have consistently filled needs with their picks. Selecting former Stanford Safety Ed Reynolds in the fifth round with the 162nd pick is no different, as the needed more play makers and depth in the back end of the defense. Though, for a team that 31st in the league in defensive passing last season, they did wait awfully long to address cornerback and safety on the third day of the draft.
Reynolds does provide some ball-hawking ability, while having a huge frame at 6’2″ 205 lbs. for the position. His is a natural fit playing the “centerfield” position, reading and reacting to quarterbacks when the ball is in the air. The major concern is his tackling technique, as he has proficiency to go for the big hit by putting his head down.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has many prospects he is familiar with from is college days in his first two drafts. He is starting to put together a young core of players on the defensive side of the ball to compliment their established play makers. The only need left to address is offensive line depth, with aging veterans at both guard spots and little depth behind them.