Eagles could mold a contender by adding these NFL stars, NCAA prospects

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The Eagles could draft Jermaine Johnson II and Devin Lloyd in Round 1.

For a team that always seems to be in the market for a starting outside corner, EDGE talent, and help at the second level of their defense (even though the organization devalues the linebacker position like no other), there isn’t a BIrds fan walking that would complain if all three of the Eagles first-round draft choices were utilized to upgrade the talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Nakobe Dean has quickly become a fan favorite. There’s an-ever growing contingent that hopes Philadelphia adds him, but even though there are theories that Devin Lloyd won’t be available when Philly is on the clock at 15, if both he and Dean are available in the middle of the NFL Draft’s first night, it’s Lloyd that figures to be the better option (and the prospect that’s the best equipped to start and contribute what the Eagles need immediately).

Since we’re discussing defense, this would be a great time to mention Jermaine Johnson II. He’s on a lot of offseason Eagles wish lists as well. The fear is he’ll rise on draft boards and Philadelphia won’t have a shot at him. If they don’t many would be satisfied with taking the best EDGE star available for selection.

Keep an eye on Washington Huskies cornerback Trent McDuffie too. If there ever was a time to take a cornerback in Round 1, this would be the draft. McDuffie could be interesting seeing as Derek Stingley and Ahmad Gardner will be gone before the Birds have a shot at them and everyone that follows him on the draft board is a second-day draftee at best.