I’ve thought long and hard about what I would ideally like to see happen in the next few days. The good thing about this draft is that the Eagles don’t have holes that must be filled. This team is pretty good as-is. The goal is to add some pieces that can help push them over the top and into being a definite Super Bowl contender.
While I made the argument recently that the Eagles could go with offense, that’s not ideal for me. I need to add a couple of pieces to the defense as well. The need for picks has me wanting to trade down, which is what I did. In this scenario the Eagles would move back from 22 to the late 1st or early 2nd in exchange for a 3rd and 4th round pick.
I also had the Eagles deal Brandon Graham for a 5th round pick. There aren’t a ton of good pass rushers in this draft so I could see the team getting that pick back in return.
So here is what I would love to see happen.
1 – WR Cody Latimer – 6-3, 215 – Indiana
2 – LB Jeremiah Attaochu – 6-3, 252 – Georgia Tech
3 – RB Tre Mason – 5-8, 207 – Auburn
3 – ILB Christian Jones – 6-3, 240 – Florida State
4 – DE Brent Urban – 6-7, 295 – Virginia
4 – OL Michael Schofield – 6-7, 301 – Michigan
5 – CB Dontae Johnson – 6-2 ,200 – NC State
5 – WR Josh Huff – 5-11, 206 – Oregon
7 – DL Shamar Stephen – 6-5, 309 – UConn
Now for my thinking.
I’ve written about how Cody Latimer could be Chip Kelly’s ideal WR. While he isn’t great value at pick 22, if you move back 10 to 12 picks, Latimer would make a lot more sense. It is possible he could get taken by someone before falling that far, but I don’t think it is out of the question for him to get to the mid-30’s.
The Eagles would then have one huge set of WRs. Latimer, Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith are all 6-0 or taller and 200 pounds or more. Kelly likes size. Those guys can fight for the ball and then tend to be better blockers.
In the 2nd round I have the team getting a pass rusher in Attaochu. The big question here is whether he will fall that far. It doesn’t seem likely. I was trying to be optimistic. I’m a big fan of Attaochu’s. He is a good athlete that can win with speed off the edge. He also knows how to use his hands. Attaochu has some physicality and violence to his game. I think he could learn a lot from Trent Cole since they are similar in build and playing style.
A RB in the early 3rd round? I’m trying to be realistic here. For whatever reason, I get the feeling the Eagles are interested in adding a runner. Mason is my favorite and would be good value here. He does have a wrist issue that could affect him this summer so the Eagles may not want to deal Bryce Brown or Chris Polk just yet. Duce Staley went down to Auburn to work out Mason so the Eagles are interested in him. And I do think Mason would be a good fit in the Eagles offense. Watch this game and his N-S running style.
Next up is another guy from that game, ILB Christian Jones. We just got news that he failed a drug test at the Combine. That is why I pushed him down to the top of the 4th round. Jones is a talented, versatile LB. He played all over at FSU and showed the ability to play the run, cover and rush the passer. I think Kelly and Bill Davis would love his versatility. Jones would spend 2014 learning from DeMeco Ryans. He could play in the Nickel defense and also on STs.
I haven’t said much about DE Brent Urban recently, but I wrote a lot about him back at the Senior Bowl. I think the Eagles would love his body type. He is a tall, chiseled player with long arms. Urban can play the run pretty well. He isn’t a gifted pass rusher, but shows solid athleticism and he is good at batting down passes.
The pick at the end of the 4th round would be some depth for the O-line. Michael Schofield played LG in 2011 and then moved to RT for the past 2 years. Schofield is a solid athlete would could play RT in the NFL, but his best spot might be inside at OG. He is talented enough to be a pass blocker, but tough enough to also be a good run blocker.
The Eagles have shown plenty of interest in CB Dontae Johnson. They met with him at the Senior Bowl and then brought him to Philly for a visit. Johnson would be a good fit for the Eagles defense. He is at his best as a press corner and that is something Davis wants to do even more in the future. Johnson played some Safety in college and that versatility is something Kelly values on gamedays.
Kelly loves offensive weapons and you would have to think that he would love to get another chance to coach Josh Huff, a kid that he recruited to Oregon. The Eagles let go of both DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant so there is room for adding a pair of receivers. Huff is very good in the slot and also has some KOR experience. He knows Kelly’s offense and understands the importance of blocking and contributing on STs. Here is Josh in action.
The final pick would be DL Shamar Stephen. He played DT and some DE for the Huskies. Stephen could play NT or DE for the Eagles. He is strong enough to hold the point of attack on run plays, but is also athletic enough to get some pressure on the QB when he’s allowed to attack.
It took me a while to settle on this group of players. It killed me not to find a way to add S Lamarcus Joyner. He is a physical, playmaking S that I love, but he’s only 5-8, 184 and he will likely go in the 2nd or early 3rd. I don’t know if Kelly would spend a high pick on such a small player.
Rip the picks you don’t like and let me know what your ideal picks would be.
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— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 6, 2014
Sammy Watkins is my favorite player in the whole draft. I’d love to get him, but I don’t see how the Eagles can afford that, minus making some crazy deal.
Evans would be nice if the price was right.
I don’t know how seriously I would take this nugget from SalPal. I don’t doubt the Eagles are making calls, but this seems like more of a stab in the dark than an aggressive attempt to really move up. Calling and talking to teams doesn’t mean a move is likely.