It’s no secret the Philadelphia Eagles need to invest heavily in the safety position this offseason. Whether it means drafting a player in the first round or signing a high-profile free agent, GM Howie Roseman can’t ignore the position any longer.
Recent halfhearted attempts by management haven’t panned out. The Eagles seem to sign a veteran safety annually—Marlin Jackson, O.J. Atogwe, Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung—and they’ve gotten little to no results from the lot.
Draft picks like Nate Allen, Macho Harris, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Kurt Coleman haven’t panned out. Last year’s fifth-round selection, Earl Wolff, still has a chance, but he’s not an ideal starter for 2014. If the Eagles don’t sign a player like Jairus Byrd or T.J. Ward in free agency, they have to spend their 22nd overall pick on a big-time player. Here are the top five safeties Philly should target in this year’s NFL draft.