2014 Philadelphia Eagles Post-Free Agency Rush Ideal 7-Round Mock Draft

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2014 Philadelphia Eagles Post-Free Agency Rush Ideal 7-Round Mock Draft
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Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has stressed a "batting average" approach when it comes to free agency, and he's keeping with that philosophy in 2014.

Outside of retaining his own players and adding running back Darren Sproles via trade, Roseman has stayed largely under the radar.

The team passed on the top safeties, Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward, instead choosing to add a handful of middle-tier free agents. Safety Malcolm Jenkins received a three-year deal and projects to be a day one starter at safety, and Roseman added two special teams players. Other than Jenkins, the defense was left largely untouched, meaning Roseman has to be targeting exclusively this year's NFL draft to improve upon a defense that was a classic, bend-but-don't-break unit a year ago.

Roseman has always preached a best-player-available philosophy when it comes to the draft, although he would be wise to limit his targets this year to strictly the defensive side of the ball. It's a deep draft class, and there is a lot of talent to be found. Stacking up on defense early in the proceedings is the best bet, with Kelly looking to develop offensive players who won't need to contribute immediately.

What the Eagles do in the draft could depend on whether three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson is still with the team. Per Spotrac, $12.75 million of Jackson's contract is slated to count against the cap in 2014, $12 million in '15 and $10.5 million in '16. 

That's a lot of money to pay any player, and it has been reported (per Les Bowen of Philly.com) that Jackson is not an idealistic fit with Kelly's locker room culture. If Jackson is traded or released, wide receiver vaults to the front of the team's needs. Even with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper re-signed, there are no guarantees that either will be with the organization two years from now.

This mock draft is the ideal scenario for Eagles fans, but practical limits mus apply. Obviously, it would be terrific if Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack fell to pick 22, but that won't happen.

In italics at the bottom of each slide is an alternate pick that the Eagles should consider should the slide's featured player not be available. Essentially this is a second mock draft for the franchise.

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