7 Risky Picks Philadelphia Eagles Must Consider in 2014 NFL Draft

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7 Risky Picks Philadelphia Eagles Must Consider in 2014 NFL Draft
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The Philadelphia Eagles will have to make the most of their six selections on draft weekend in May.

It's unusual for the franchise to have so few picks; in fact, this is the fewest since 2003.

General manager Howie Roseman will need to be sharp with his selections. A good draft class can propel a franchise to a Super Bowl title. Just ask the Seattle Seahawks, who won last year's game largely because of the production of middle and late-round picks from 2011 and 2012.

Roseman's last two draft classes have yielded a high number of impact players. Eight can be seen as starters or guys pushing for a starting role. The key will be capitalizing on the players selected after the first few rounds—the same area of the draft that brought the Seahawks Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

The Eagles know the value of a player selected late. All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters was undrafted. Trent Cole was a fifth-round selection. So was Brent Celek. Pro Bowlers Evan Mathis and Nick Foles were taken in the third round. Right guard Todd Herremans was a fourth-round choice.

The trick of a GM is to also know when to overlook players who come with certain risks. DeSean Jackson was a first-round talent who fell to Round 2 because of character concerns. While he's no longer on the team, he did make three Pro Bowls in six seasons.

For every Jackson, though, there's a player like Cornelius Ingram. A fifth-round tight end in 2011, Ingram was thought to be a steal if he held up medically. Unfortunately, Ingram tore his ACL soon after being drafted (the same injury that plummeted his draft stock) and he never played a down for the Eagles.

If Roseman and Chip Kelly choose wisely in this year's draft, they may be able to find long-term starters, even in late rounds, and they can capitalize on players who may have red flags next to their names for reasons ranging  from injuries to size to off-field issues.

Here are seven risky picks that the Eagles should still consider for the 2014 NFL draft.

All Scouting Combine results are per NFL.com. College statistics are per Sports-Reference.com.

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