10 NFL Combine Prospects That the Philadelphia Eagles Must Closely Watch

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10 NFL Combine Prospects That the Philadelphia Eagles Must Closely Watch
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You could make a legitimate case that the 2013 draft is one of the most important the Philadelphia Eagles have had in a long time. After all, new head coach Chip Kelly needs to come out with a number of quality players to help turn around the fortunes of the Eagles' franchise. 

It begins with the fourth overall pick in the first round, the highest the team has picked since Andy Reid's career began with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft. Reid selected a Syracuse quarterback named Donovan McNabb, who became a six-time Pro Bowler and helped turn the franchise from one of the league's worst into an NFC powerhouse.

Kelly needs the same type of success as Reid. Like Reid, he could select a quarterback, although he could also pursue a number of positions on the defensive side of the ball, notably defensive tackle, cornerback and safety. 

But if Kelly picks a dud, especially if it's a quarterback, he risks setting the franchise back several years.

The Oakland Raiders still haven't recovered from the JaMarcus Russell pick to lead off the 2009 draft, for example.

And look at the Cleveland Browns. They picked quarterback Tim Couch with the top overall pick in the 1999 draft but Couch turned into a bust (although he did stay in the league for almost a decade).

So the pressure is on for Kelly, and unlike the previous season, there really aren't a lot of can't-miss options in this year's draft class. 

The following 10 slides will highlight a number of players the Eagles really need to look into at the NFL Scouting Combine. All are potential first-, second- or third-round draft choices, and each player has a lot to offer an NFL team, even as a rookie in the 2013 season. 

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