Do the Eagles Still Control the NFC East After the NFL Draft?

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Mar 13, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks Josh Huff works out in front of NFL scouts at Moshofsky Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft has come and gone, and now football fans are looking forward to the 2014 NFL season. In 2013 head coach Chip Kelly led the Philadelphia Eagles as the conquered the NFC East. It began week one when Chip Kelly’s new fast paced offense exploded onto the scene as the Eagles absolutely dominated the highly touted Washington Redskins and Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III. Now everyone knows who Chip Kelly is and what he does, but that doesn’t mean Kelly doesn’t still have a few tricks up his sleeve. The key to Kelly’s bag of tricks is that it relies on his offensive players, guys that fit and understand his system and know what to do and how to do it fast. After cutting former Eagles and current Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, it seemed that Chip Kelly was taking away some of his own fire power. This power in the form of an explosive and incredibly fast wide receiver that cannot be caught from behind by just about any defensive player in the league. Since Jackson is now a Redskin not only do the Eagles not have him, but they have to play him twice. The Eagles tried to make up for this plus their other holes through the NFL draft, but so did the other teams in the NFC East. I am going to analyze the picks by all the teams in the NFC East and then decide if the Eagles did enough to stay on top.

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  • JRBGiantsFan

    Interesting article Jesse but regarding the Giants your dead wrong. Giving them a “C-”? I understand your an Eagles homer but before you start writing about other teams do your homework. The Giants didn’t need and offensive lineman in the first round because they’ve brought in 6 through free agency. All of them have been starters for their previous teams. They got the best Guard in Free agency from the Chiefs. Not to mention they picked up the best Center in the draft which you did acknowledge who can also play guard. Best of all they picked up a game breaking wide receiver after losing Nicks in round one which makes sense to those of us who are paying attention. If you recall the Giants were winning championships with a great receivers, good running backs and a stout defense. If you look closely my friend that’s what the Giants are bringing back. And as for our run game we have 3 legitimate running backs who can get the job done. Our 4th round pick Williams was a Heiseman trophy finalist who ran for over 2000 yards with teams playing 8 men fronts. Your really delusional if you think we don’t have a running game. I can’t wait to play the Eagles cause we are going to wear your light weight finesse team out this year!!

  • Jesse

    Thanks for the comment JRBGiantsFans, I realize that the Giants have brought in some players to help out their offensive line, but none will make the impact that Zack Martin could have made. Martin could play any role for that offensive line and be an impact player for at least the next five years. Part of the grade is due to the fact that I am simply not a fan of Odell Beckham. If you watch his tape a lot of his yardage comes from making the defensive players miss their tackles, but when you get to the pro level these defensive players will not miss on these plays as they have learned not to make simple mistakes that the opposition to Odell Beckham has done. I feel that Allen Robinson, who was available for the Giants in the second round is simply a better player, so my reasoning is that they could have had a better wide receiver in the second round, and better offensive lineman in the first. I have nothing against the Giants for trying to replace Hakeem Nicks I think they just did it at the wrong time.

  • JRBGiantsFan

    Thanks for the reply Jesse but again I disagree. Martin is a good OL but we got just as good in the second round with Weston Richburg. He’s the number 1 ranked center in the draft and can play Guard as well. Odell Beckam was the # 3 rated receiver in the draft and a game changer. Watch the film again. I’m sure the Eagles had him on their board. As for his skills not translating to the NFL I guess we will have to see. The Giants have a new Offense coordinator and I am excited to see how he will be utilized. The fact is he has one thing that can’t be taught and that is 4.3 speed. Plus he’s recognized as the most disciplined route runner in the draft and the most NFL game ready receiver by almost all the NFL pundits. Also you totally discounted our RB Williams a Heisman trophy finalist with over 2000 yards. He was the only thing that Boston College had going and opposing teams still couldn’t stop him with 8 man fronts. In all I believe our top 5 draft picks will all make significant and positive impact for the Giants. You can aslo go check our UDFA we got some pretty good players there as well.

    I would like to Add the NFL network graded the Giants as a “B” . They graded the Eagles as a “B” also. Just saying no one will really know about these picks for another year or two but I know my Giants are headed in the right direction. The only pick you guys had that I found somewhat interesting was your 2nd Rnd WR pick. You guys really needed a safety early and you took that guy from Louisville that everyone had rated as a 2nd rounder.

  • Jesse

    I completely agree, no one knows for sure how good these guys will be until they get onto the field. One thing is that Odell Beckham’s combine 40 yard dash time was 4.43 seconds, something that I found interesting as many teams raved about his speed, yet it was similar to the 4.46 ran by Jordan Matthews, the Eagles pick. Again, it all comes down to how his game translates on the field, looking forward to seeing him play and thanks again for the comment.