The Philadelphia Eagles boasted the league's worst pass defense last season, so it has been a bit of a surprise to see them sit on their hands when it comes to addressing the secondary this offseason.
Well, for the most part.
Head coach Chip Kelly drafted safety Ed Reynolds and defensive back Jaylen Watkins, presumably to help out in that maligned secondary. Watkins, in particular, is an intriguing addition for the Eagles.
The former Gator is a versatile player, having played both cornerback and safety in college. Kelly seems to like that versatility, per Jeff McLane of Philly.com:
But Watkins is versatile. He also played in the slot in college and hardly missed a beat moving to safety for his final six games at Florida.
Kelly spoke about projecting Watkins as an NFL safety immediately after his selection, but that was before Reynolds was chosen a round later.
"We're going to play this coverage vs. this look, this coverage vs. this look, and it's up to the safety to make that decision," Kelly said. "So you have to have a high football intelligence, and that's where Jaylen fits in."
Whether he climbs the depth chart as a rookie at either position will be interesting to see. Watkins has Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Nolan Carroll and Brandon Boykin standing in his way at cornerback, and Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Nate Allen and possibly Reynolds ahead of him at safety.
Seems daunting, doesn't it? A solid rookie camp could set him on a path up that ladder, though.