The NFL draft is anything but predictable. Players expected to go in the top five picks can fall to the middle or later part of the first round (see: Floyd, Sharrif), while quarterbacks seem to have an uncanny ability to rise up big boards.
This year should be no exception. The Philadelphia Eagles have just six draft picks, but general manager Howie Roseman still has time to get the team more selections. He’s dangled a handful of players as bait for potential draft picks, and the draft weekend will be his biggest time to capitalize on the needs of other teams
Mock drafts can only predict so much of what the team will do. Looking at the Eagles’ current needs suggests a priority needs to be placed on addressing the defensive side of the ball, but there’s also that hole at the No. 1 wide receiver spot. Chip Kelly’s first draft certainly had some surprises—no one expected a tight end in the first two rounds or the trade up for Matt Barkley in the fourth round—so look for the same in year two.
Here are five bold predictions for the Eagles’ 2014 draft.