Addressing the free safety position is one of the top three priorities for the Eagles this off-season. Fortunately, the Eagles have their options.
There are rumors of a trade for the New York Jets’ Kerry Rhodes, but I doubt that will happen. If the St. Louis Rams’ Oshiomoghe Atogwe becomes available in free agency, he’d be an excellent fit if his shoulder’s healthy.
The Eagles are most likely going to draft a safety and they should do so within the first two rounds. There are quite a few whose scouting reports suggest they would fit the Eagles defensive scheme.
Many people want Taylor Mays (USC) because of his size or Earl Thomas (Texas) due to his play-making ability. I think the best fit for the Eagles would be Nate Allen (USF). He may be the most balanced free safety in the draft.
The Eagles could also use a strong safety to back up Mikell if Jones doesn’t return. Myron Rolle (Florida St.) was initially projected to be a late-round sleeper. He’s starting to gain a lot of attention and his Combine performance could lauch him to a second/third round prospect.
Andy Reid and company obviously didn’t prepare for Dawkins’ departure. They had a full year to make up for lost time. Let’s see how they address it.