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We start with the picks we liked...
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (2nd, 42nd overall)
The Eagles took a huge risk not taking a receiver 26th overall, but they might have completely redeemed themselves, Lloyd Christmas-style, with their second-round addition of Jordan Matthews, who has the ability to become a starting wideout at the next level and has the big-game experience to contribute right away in 2014.
He’s big (6’3” and 212 pounds), fast (4.46 40-yard dash, per NFL.com) and he’s capable of playing inside and outside, which is something the Eagles really need with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper currently slated to start.
Matthews might not have the game-breaking ability to fully replace DeSean Jackson, but he was their best option in this spot.
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (4th, 101st overall)
I really think safety was a much bigger need, and guys like Marqueston Huff and Tre Boston were available in this spot, but Watkins is a three-year starter from the SEC who has plenty of experience at both cornerback and safety.
Considering how much Chip Kelly and Bill Davis value versatility, that makes this an intriguing pick. He isn’t huge, which isn’t ideal for Kelly and Davis, but that speed and versatility makes him a worthwhile fourth-rounder.
Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford (5th, 162nd overall)
This looks like an absolute steal. While some experts had Reynolds going as late as Round 6, we agree with Matt Miller’s assessment of the kid, which landed him in the third round of Miller’s last mock draft.
They needed a safety in a big way because Malcolm Jenkins is a highly overrated journeyman who can’t be relied on and the jury’s still out on Earl Wolff. Reynolds has the size Kelly and Davis like and he possesses the ability to cover tough tight ends like Jason Witten and Jordan Reed within the division.
Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon (5th, 141st overall)
I’m comfortable with Chip Kelly taking some of his Oregon guys in the later rounds, and Hart is a four-year starter in the Pac-12 who can provide a ton of support up front while possibly even challenging Cedric Thornton for reps.
Don’t be surprised if Hart does as much to help the pass rush in 2014 as Marcus Smith does.
Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin (7th, 224th overall)
Good teams can afford to take shots at guys like these. Allen is a monster tackle who can serve as a true nose tackle, complementing Bennie Logan up front. He's not an every-down player, but I'll bet he makes the roster.