Philadelphia Eagles: NFL Draft 2014

McShay Mock 3.0: Eagles 

March, 6, 2014
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Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.

The Philadelphia Eagles now seem quite set on the offensive side of the ball, but could go in one of many directions with their first pick to improve their defense. McShay had Darqueze Dennard going to Philadelphia in his previous mock, and the Eagles probably would love that scenario, but overall, taking the best defensive player regardless of position seems like the smartest move for the Eagles. They have set themselves up to get very good value throughout this draft, especially to reinforce their defense.

Whom does McShay have the Eagles drafting at No. 22? Let's take a look at his pick and analysis Insider:

Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Eagles

January, 15, 2014
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When I took a look at some of the Eagles’ first-round draft possibilities the other day, I couldn’t help but notice some big wide receivers that might be around for the 22nd pick.

Sure, the Eagles need defensive help more urgently, but GM Howie Roseman and coach Chip Kelly are committed to taking the best player on their board. And Kelly surely wouldn’t mind if that player happened to add an element missing from his array of offensive weapons.

So it seems perfect that Mel Kiper’s first 2014 mock draft Insider has the Eagles taking Florida State’s 6-foot-4 Kelvin Benjamin. It was Benjamin who caught Jameis Winston’s game-winning touchdown in the national championship game against Auburn -- exactly the kind of red zone target Nick Foles could use.

In his mock draft, Kiper has the two top safeties -- Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor -- off the board when the Eagles pick. Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, another of the big-bodied wide receivers I mentioned, is also gone.

That leaves the Eagles choosing from among some intriguing players --Benjamin, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard among them.

If that scenario presents itself, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Roseman and Kelly went for Benjamin, who caught 54 passes last season -- 15 of them for touchdowns.

The Eagles’ wide receiver situation will be a lot clearer by the May draft. Riley Cooper, who had a breakout season, will be an unrestricted free agent. So will Jeremy Maclin, who tore his ACL in training camp and missed the entire season. Jason Avant has one more year left on his deal, but could be a salary-cap casualty.

Decisions on those three players will go a long way toward deciding who will join DeSean Jackson in the wide receivers meetings. Losing any of them could make the position a priority, rather than a luxury, when the draft rolls around.

MNF Review: First-round first impressions 

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Lane Johnson, the No. 5 pick in 2013, started his first game at right tackle for Philadelphia against Washington in the early Monday night game of Week 1. D.J. Fluker, the 11th pick, got his first start for San Diego against Houston in the late game. He, too, lined up on the right side. Johnson played well enough to help his team get a tough divisional road win, and Fluker learned just how hard it is to win on Sundays (or, in this case, Mondays). Each player had his ups and downs.

Unlike with most teams, the Eagles’ right tackle protects the quarterback’s blind side because QB Michael Vick is left-handed. Johnson handled this awesome responsibility well for the most part. He appeared confused at times and missed a blitz pickup early, but he held his own working against talented Washington OLB Ryan Kerrigan. Johnson took away the edge with his above-average first-step quickness and did an adequate job of holding his ground against speed to power. Although he was disruptive at times, Kerrigan did most of his damage when he worked inside.

As a run-blocker, Johnson didn’t blow anyone off the line. He did, however, ride defenders down the line whether he lined up at right tackle or inside left tackle Jason Peters when Philadelphia went with an unbalanced front. As expected, he also showed good range and did a nice job of getting into position at the second level.

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