Assuming the Philadelphia Eagles go in the trenches with the 4th overall pick, whether it be Sheldon Richardson, Dion Jordan, Jarvis Jones, Lane Johnson or Eric Fisher, the 2nd round pick is one the Birds NEED to hit. The last few second rounders (prior to this year) have been busts, to say the least. Nate Allen has not been the same since his injury, Jaiquawn Jarrett is not on the team, Trevor Laws and Victor Abiamiri were both busts. Needless to say, the Eagles need a good starter this year in the second round, and luckily this is one of the deepest drafts in years.
I believe the Eagles should take a safety in the second round, BUT only if one of the following are still on the board: Kenny Vaccaro from Texas, Eric Reid from LSU, or Matt Elam from Florida. Jonathan Cyprien is a name being thrown around in the second round, but I do not think he is worth a top 40 pick. Should these guys all be taken by the time the Eagles pick, I then think Chip Kelly should go after a Tight End.
This is the deepest TE class in a long time. Whether it be due to the expansion of TE usage in the NFL, or just by coincidence, this class is for real. Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame and Zach Ertz from Stanford will likely be gone, but if not, one of them would be an absolute steal. It has been said the last few days by numerous football people who think the Eagles will use the TE a lot more in Chip Kelly’s system. Although Brent Celek is a decent TE, he is not as good as some believe. I think the Eagles could take one of the aforementioned TE or even a Vance McDonald (Rice) or Jordan Reed (Florida) late in the second round (if they trade back).
You need to hit in the first round, but the second round pick is how good teams are built. Hopefully the Eagles can make a good choice and take a starter in the second round come April 26th.Tags: Brent Celek, Chip Kelly, Eric Reid, Kenny Vaccaro, Matt Elam, Nate Allen, NFL, NFL Draft, Philadelphia Eagles, safety, second round, tight end, Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz