Two factors that will greatly affect how the Eagles draft this April will be whether they are able or willing to re-sign DeSean Jackson and whether they sign a veteran middle linebacker. I believe there is a very good chance that the Eagles will both lose Jackson in free agency and sign a veteran linebacker like Curtis Lofton or Stephen Tulloch.
Jackson is a special player that forces defenses to game-plan around his speed to prevent the deep ball. He is also a major liability in the red zone because of his small frame.
Because of his limited production in the red zone and his high number of dropped passes during his career in Philadelphia, there is a good chance the Eagles will decide to not overpay for Jackson and let him sign elsewhere.
There is also a good chance the Eagles will decide to sign a veteran middle linebacker to help shore up their run defense that was atrocious at times last season.
There is really only one immediate-impact 4-3 middle linebacker, Luke Kuechly, and he may not even be there for the Eagles at pick No. 15 in the first round.
Taking care of the need at middle linebacker allows the Eagles to use their first-round pick on the best player available who can make a huge impact early on either side of the ball.
This mock draft is done based on if the Eagles lost DeSean in free agency and also signed a middle linebacker in free agency as well. Both are very real possibilities this offseason.