Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft offers several possibilities for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. There are numerous players still on the board that could be potential targets and trading down is still an option as well.
First, let’s go though some of the top targets the Eagles should and/or will likely consider…
My first choice is Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien. Yes, the Eagles signed Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips so we can certainly make the case of more pressing needs that should be addressed first.
I guess I just favor finding that next safety that can fill the void left by Brian Dawkins. Phillips and Chung have questions dangling over their heads and the safety position is much more important than people tend to think.
He would be great value at pick 35.
Besides Cyprien, here is a list of players the Eagles will likely be considering in Round 2:
DT Jessie Williams – good value here and they need a nose tackle
TE Zach Ertz – I think Kelly wants another athletic tight end
QB Geno Smith – Not sure how I feel about it, but I can see it happening
DE Tank Carradine – Coming off ACL injury, not sure I’d like this pick
CB Jamar Taylor – Secondary is a strong possibility
CB Johnthan Banks – Has the size over Taylor
DE Margus Hunt – Age is a factor, but he fits Chip’s mold for “long players”
TE Gavin Escobar – Possible pick if trade back
Round 3 targets;
WR Ryan Swope – Eagles showed a great deal of interest in him at his pro day
WR Marquise Goodwin – Poor man’s Tavon Austin, would double as return man
WR Da’Rick Rogers – If past his “issues”, could be a steal
S D.J. Swearinger – Consolation prize if we don’t take Cyprien
S T.J. McDonald – Has the size Kelly likes
S Phillip Thomas – One of the few safeties Eagles have actually shown interest in
CB David Amerson – Big, physical corner
TE Travis Kelce – Would make Jason happy
P Jeff Locke – Just making sure you’re still awake
If the Eagles don’t trade back in either round, my ideal picks would be Cyprien in Round 2 and Rogers in Round 3.
Unfortunately, I doubt they’ll take either of them. Given Rogers’ history, he’s probably not on Chip’s radar. But, I think he’s going to be a steal for someone if he stops smokin’ the green!
My second preferred choice if they stay put in both rounds would be Williams and then Swearinger. I think Williams will be a possibility, but I’m not confident Chip is interested in Swearinger.
Here’s what I think they will do:
Trade down. Someone is going to want to trade up for Te’o, Minter, Smith, Nassib or someone else. I just hope they at least get a fourth-rounder out of the deal, depending on how far they drop.
I think Kelly will want to come out of Day 2 with a pass catcher (TE or WR) and a player in the secondary.
My “official” guesses are Ryan Swope and Phillip Thomas. But how about Geno Smith? Would you really be shocked if they took him?