But according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, the Eagles should consider moving in a different direction.
“Why is everybody so gung-ho on the Eagles taking a wideout (in the first round)?” Mayock told the Philadelphia Daily News. "From my perspective, they almost have to look at the best-rated defensive player on their board at [No. 22]. I think they [need to take] their highest-rated player between an edge rusher, a corner and a safety. And then, if the entire defensive board is wiped out by the time they're on the clock, then you look at the offensive side.”
Mayock believes the Eagles should target a cornerback with their first-round selection.
“There really are five corners at the top end,” Mayock said. “Everybody has different opinions on who the best ones are. The most talented corners are [Ohio State's Bradley] Roby and [Oklahoma State's Justin] Gilbert. But I don't think they're the best football players. I think [Michigan State's Darqueze] Dennard and [Virginia Tech's Kyle] Fuller are the two best football players. If any of those four are available and the Eagles are on the clock, I think they have to take a hard look at taking one of them right away.”