5 Best-Case Scenario for Eagles in 2014 NFL Draft
The NFL Draft is just one month away. That may seem like a while but it really isn't. The fortunes of NFL teams could depend on the research and decisions they make in the coming weeks.
The birds have many needs. Wide receiver, pass rusher, right guard, cornerback, and safety are all areas that must be addressed. What would be good scenario this year? Read more to find out...
1. Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M), First Round
If they could land Mike Evans, the wide receiver from Texas A&M, it would be a fantastic find. Evans is likely to go as high as the 15th pick, and as low as the early second round. He may just fall into the Eagles' lap.
If he does, the Eagles will be getting a large physical receiver, one that is 6'5" and 231 pounds. Evans may not be a speedster, but he could be a great red zone target and a perfect complement to Jeremy Maclin.
2. Marqise Lee (WR, USC), First Round
The Eagles must address wide receiver now that DeSean is gone. Marqise Lee is a player similar to Mike Evans in stock. He could go as high as top 20 and as low as early second round.
Lee is a fantastic prospect. Few players possess his combination of speed and agility. He changes directions seamlessly, resembling Victor Cruz or even Jackson.
Perhaps the Eagles should refrain from trading up for anyone and see which talented wideout falls into their lap. This draft is rich with receiving playmakers.
3. Colt Lyerla (TE, Oregon), Seventh Round
Colt Lyerla may have drawn red flags with his odd behavior, such as dropping out of Oregon. He didn't exactly stay in shape during his time off, looking poor at the combine.
Regardless, Lyerla is the kind of player worth taking a chance on. For just a seventh-round pick, he is basically a lottery ticket. He could be a huge headache and a bust, or he could be a pro-bowl talent at tight end.
Lyerla is an insane athlete. He has incredible speed and great hands. Teams regret passing on Vontaze Burfict, the Eagles should certainly take a chance on Lyerla if he should fall to the sixth or seventh round.
4. Calvin Pryor (FS, Louisville)
The Eagles may have brought in Malcolm Jenkins and brought back Nate Allen, but they must continue to augment the safety position.
Selecting Calvin Pryor would be a big step in that direction. Although Jenkins and Allen are both serviceable safeties, Pryor has the potential to be far greater.
Pryor is one of the hardest hitting players in the draft. He would strike fear back into opponents from the Eagles secondary. Getting a player like him in the late first round would be a steal.
5. Dee Ford (DE, Auburn)
If the Eagles could nab Dee Ford in the late first round, that would be a resounding victory.
Ford is the second-best pass-rusher in the draft. He is a defensive end, but could likely play 3-4 outside linebacker as well. He has elite speed and uses his hands well. He could be the perfect player to finally give the Eagles the pass rush they missed all of last season.
If Ford is all he is cracked up to be, the Eagles pass defense will see a huge lift in 2014.