There are a handful of ways the Philadelphia Eagles could approach their first-round draft pick. I almost went with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith because I think it will be difficult for Chip Kelly to refuse such a playmaking young signal-caller.
But I think Kelly will opt for a quarterback with a similar skill set in the later rounds. Luke Joeckel will very likely be gone by pick four. Eric Fisher or Chance Warmack would each make an intriguing option (and if I could have my pick, I’ll go Warmack all day).
But the defense needs a bigger upgrade. On the defensive side of the football, the main options are Dion Jordan and Dee Milliner, with Jordan getting the slight edge.
Jordan’s amazing versatility is what will attract Kelly. Kelly loves players that can line up anywhere, as evidenced by his signing of fullback/tight end James Casey. Jordan played defensive end, outside linebacker and defensive tackle at the University of Oregon, where he happened to play under Kelly. Jordan is so athletic that he even began his collegiate career as a tight end.
He registered just five sacks last year, although that’s not indicative of his true skills. Jordan added 44 tackles (10.5 for a loss) and even lined up in coverage against slot receivers. Even the Eagles’ recent signing of Connor Barwin shouldn’t close the door on Jordan.
Kelly will likely play Brandon Graham and Barwin as 3-4 outside linebackers in his defense. It would fit well if Trent Cole can bulk up and play 3-4 end. But regardless, Kelly will find snaps for Jordan.