Inside The Iggles 2014 Mock Draft, Post-Combine Edition

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22. Philadelphia Eagles
Darqueze Dennard
Cornerback, Michigan State

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock! With both top safety prospects taken in the teens, the Eagles have to decide what provides the best value without ignoring needs entirely. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard of MSU fits the bill, since talented outside linebackers can be had in later rounds and nose tackle can be addressed via free agency. Dennard is arguably the second best CB in the draft, so Philly pounces.

I’d love to see the Philadelphia Eagles pick Ra’Shede Hageman here, but there are more pressing needs than defensive line. Darqueze Dennard may not possess ideal height and long arms, but he is a natural fit at cornerback. His most impressive feature is his ball skills and swift movement. Dennard is also very good against the run, willing to come close to the line of scrimmage and be involved in the hustle. He could benefit from an extra five pounds of upper-body muscle. The Eagles could use him as a backup before they name him a starter.