First round draft pick, linebacker Marcus Smith and second round draft pick, wide receiver Jordan Matthews fits to be the next step in that process. No one can foresee who will be great or a bust however, Jordan Matthews in particular looks close to a sure thing than any of the other draft picks the Eagles recently selected. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson took his speed and quasi-catching ability to Washington, so Jordan initially drew comparisons and replacement value. He shot down such comparisons, as he is primarily focusing on learning the playbook and becoming a main contributor at his position. Marcus Smith may not be a game 1 starter, and may be eased into the lineup taking snaps where he most fits. He definitely does not have bust written over him, but has a ginormous question mark lurking over his potential.
With 2013 in the rear-view, my eyes focus on the defense, now more than ever. Last year the Eagles had a top two offense. I am looking to see where the defense can be. The Denver Broncos had the number one offense in the league last year, and added some serious pieces to their defense, as they appear all in to win the AFC. If you give Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning a top five, or even top ten defense, I’d petition to have them sanctioned for being too complete a football team. It’ll be unfair, and would dramatically increase their likelihood of winning the Super Bowl. On the other hand, if you give Chip Kelly a top five or top ten defense, I’d petition the NFL gods to keep this Eagles team intact and the same age for the next 20 years. Because if Billy Davis can get his boys to crack that list, there may be no better team in the NFC, and maybe the NFL that is touching Philly.