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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Analyzing Kiper Grade A draft: Eagles

By Todd Archer

The Philadelphia Eagles were active in keeping their own players, such as Jeremy Maclin, Jason Kelce and Riley Cooper. They were active in signing free agents, such as safety Malcolm Jenkins, and trading for running back Darren Sproles.

But the biggest move was cutting wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who stayed in the NFC East by signing with the Washington Redskins.

In ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Grade A draft, he plays general manager for the Eagles, not Howie Roseman or Chip Kelly. What would Mel do as GM?

Find out here. Insider

Southern Cal wide receiver Marqise Lee is Kiper's pick in the first round. Having parted ways with Jackson and cutting veteran Jason Avant, this makes sense. Plus, Maclin is on a one-year deal. Lee's Pac-12 ties help with Kelly. Last year, the Eagles went with Stanford tight end Zach Ertz and Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley with two of their first four picks.

Lee is a playmaker, even if his numbers lagged last year. Put some of that on spotty quarterback play, but he can get down the field and is dangerous with the ball in his hands.

In the second round, Kiper goes to the pass rush in Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu. As they move into their second year in the 3-4, the Eagles want to have more pass-rushers and Attaochu can get to the quarterback. He has long arms that can make it difficult for tackles to get to his body, but he needs to work at becoming a complete player, especially against the run.

Kiper's third rounder is something of an injury risk, Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament at the Senior Bowl and will need time to get on the field as a rookie. The Eagles signed Nolan Carroll to give them some cover at cornerback and that would give Colvin time to rehab. This would be more of a pick for the future than for 2014.