The popular pick for the Philadelphia Eagles first round selection is Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.
However, I believe the team will address this issue through free agency and look to add depth in later rounds.
It’s also important to note that Andy Reid has never drafted a linebacker in the first round throughout his 13-year tenure.
Philadelphia started three linebackers at three different positions last season who were under the age of 25, so getting younger would almost seem counterproductive.
This is where Fletcher Cox comes in.
Cox has been mocked as a mid-to-late pick in the first round, but I see him getting lost amongst the shuffle on draft day. Aside from his impressive combine performance, I’ve already explained why he is such an intriguing prospect.
Since Mike Patterson is set to undergo brain surgery and Antonio Dixon, Derek Landri and Trevor Laws are all scheduled to enter free agency, the Eagles may find themselves very thin at this position.
Under defensive line coach Jim Washburn, Cox may be able reach his full potential and display his tremendous versatility.