What the conclusion of the Super Bowl signifies is that it’s time to start focusing on the 2013 NFL season.
The NFL Scouting Combine will reveal more about the best collegiate players in the nation. Free agency will give each team an opportunity to upgrade its roster with other players from around the league. But the NFL draft is the real joy for general managers and coaches.
Chip Kelly, in particular, will have a tough decision to make with the fourth overall pick. The new Philadelphia Eagles coach has a difficult task ahead of him, as he takes over a team that finished just 4-12 in 2012. Andy Reid’s club lost 11 of its final 12 games, and there are numerous holes all over the roster.
One draft won’t fix that. The Eagles probably won’t make the playoffs next season, regardless of whether the Eagles have a terrific draft and equally as impressive free-agency period.