Nov 2, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) grabs the helmet of Syracuse Orange wide receiver Brisly Estime (20) on a tackle during the second quarter of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
After a hectic free agency, it is time for Chip Kelly and Company to turn their attention to the draft. The Eagles still have quite a few needs as free agency winds down, making the draft very important for the Eagles, as they have to acquire talented players and also fill some holes on their roster.
Historically speaking, drafting for need over talent doesn’t usually pan out to well, i.e. Danny Watkins. However, with that said, if the Eagles are able to play the draft correctly, they should be able to kill two birds with one stone.
Before starting my Philadelphia Eagles Mock Draft, here are some of the Eagles positions of need going into the draft:
Safety~ The Eagles lost Nate Allen and haven’t signed anyone in free agency. This draft class is fairly weak at safety, so the Eagles will need to look to draft a safety in the first two rounds.
Wide Receiver~ With Maclin gone, the Eagles have quite a large hole at wide receiver. Receivers usually take a little while to adjust to the NFL, barring last year, which will force the Eagles to draft a receiver early.
Cornerback~ The Eagles splashed the cash for Byron Maxwell, but with Walter Thurmond on a one year deal, the Eagles should look to add another talented corner who can play on the outside at the next level. Philly could target a corner late in day two or early day three.
Guard~ With Herremans being released and Mathis being shown the exit door, the Eagles could use some more depth at guard. The Eagles really like incumbents Andrew Gardner, Allen Barbre and Tobin, but it would smart of them to look for a guard during the draft.