The 2014 NFL Draft is a little over a month away, and which roster position the Eagles will deal with with their first decide remains to be very so much up within the air.
In some ways, that’s a excellent factor — it presentations this staff has achieved a just right job through free agency at now not leaving one glaring hole. It additionally leaves other teams guessing — something which is at all times sensible.
Bits and items of data on the Eagles draft plan have come out, however, and Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz did a pleasant job compiling an inventory of all the identified visits by way of draftees to Philadelphia. A player going to the NovaCare Advanced will not be at all times a positive signal the staff will draft him, but it surely surely presentations a level of passion.
Here’s a list of all of the identified visits to Philadelphia:
Participant: Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Dimension: 6-1, 216 kilos
Breakdown: Bucannon is just not known for his coverage talents, however he’s one of the crucial hardest hitters in the draft. He generally is a nice backup to Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen subsequent season, and he’d even be a excellent lengthy-term praise to Jenkins as a starter. Projected to head in the 2d-spherical.
Player: Mike Evans, Texas AM
Place: Broad Receiver
Measurement: 6-5, 231
Breakdown: Evans likely is not going to be there at No. 22 when the Eagles go on the clock, but by bringing him in, they convey they either think he might be to be had or that they’d be prepared to trade up to get him. Using their first-round decide, and probably trading other picks as well, to land a wideout may not be an excellent use of the crew’s instruments, taking into account their depth at the place. Evans is a unique participant, alternatively, and he has the size Eagles head tutor Chip Kelly loves.
Player: Taylor Hart, Oregon
Position: Protective finish
Dimension: 6-6, 284
Breakdown: It wouldn’t be draft time if Kelly and the Eagles weren’t being linked to a member of the Oregon Geese. Hart is expected to go somewhere within the fifth or sixth round, and he would combat for a roster spot. The Eagles do want some dimension along the defensive line, so Hart would be a pleasant addition will have to he make the crew.
Participant: Trey Hopkins, Texas
Position: Offensive protect
Dimension: 6-three, 305
Breakdown: The Eagles do not need to draft a starter on the offensive line, however they’d be sensible to begin drafting for the way forward for the unit. Hopkins is starting to see his inventory upward thrust, even if, considering he was once projected through many to not even be drafted, there wasn’t anyplace else to go however up. Hopkins may be this yr’s Michael Bamiro, the offensive lineman who was once on the follow squad all of ultimate season for building.
Participant: Jaylen Watkins, Florida
Measurement: 6-zero, 194
Breakdown: Seeing the staff draft a player like Watkins within the second or third spherical is more than likely extra possible than seeing them take a cornerback in the first round. The Eagles already have two starters, and even supposing possibly they aren’t the lengthy-term answers, groups normally like their first-spherical picks to have a shot to start. Watkins is projected to head as late because the 1/3 round, and he is usually a position participant for the Eagles this season prior to taking over the job next year.
Player: Cody Latimer, Indiana
Place: Large receiver
Size: 6-2, 215
Breakdown: Even supposing he had issues with drops at Indiana, Latimer could be a nice price pick for the team within the later rounds. Latimer is considered a strong blocker within the run sport, and his measurement can be a bonus for the Eagles. Here’s a have a look at Latimer in Indiana’s recreation vs. Missouri.
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