The Seattle Seahawks’ impressive victory in Super Bowl XLVIII probably didn’t alter the Philadelphia Eagles’ draft strategy as much as reinforced it. The Birds were always going to focus on upgrading their 29th-ranked defense, only now it should be by mandate.
That’s not to say Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman will break his promise to stick to the “best player available” when the club is on the clock. Rather, Seattle might’ve changed the definition of what the best player available is.
The Seahawks built arguably the best defense the NFL has seen since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, and they did it during a period when great defenses were believed to be largely a thing of the past. In retrospect, it seems so very simple—just add size and speed on defense, particularly in the secondary.
The defensive backfield just happens to be one of the prime areas the Eagles need to address in the draft, so in honor of the Seahawks’ championship, this mock draft emphasizes those improvements. Hope you like defensive backs.