The Eagles now hold three picks on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft (54, 83 and 86) thanks to last night’s trade with Cleveland. After addressing the Outside Linebacker position with Marcus Smith, who could be of interest tonight?
In Round 2, I think their top target now is a Wide Receiver. If one of their top two guys are there at 54, he’ll be the pick.
The Eagles have shown interest in numerous receivers prior to the draft. Here is how I think they will have the receivers likely to be drafted in Round 2 ranked on their board…
1. Cody Latimer (top target now)
2. Jordan Matthews (next target after Latimer)
3. Allen Robinson
4. Marqise Lee
5. Davante Adams
6. Donte Moncrief
To be perfectly clear, yes, I think they would take those three over Lee.
However, if Latimer and Matthews are both gone before pick 54, I could see them going in a different direction. I’m not sure they’ll have Robinson, Lee, Moncrief and Adams ranked ahead of potential players at other positions.
The board will clearly dictate what direction they go in.
Other top contenders for their second round pick…
Double-up at OLB: Jeremiah Attaochu, Trent Murphy or Kyle Van Noy
Offensive Line: Xavier Su’a-Filo, Trai Turner, Marcus Martin
Tight End: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
Running Back: Bishop Sankey, Tre Mason
Cornerback: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Round 3 targets in addition to if any of the above should fall…
Linebacker (OLB or ILB): Christian Jones (could be off their board after failed drug test), Jordan Tripp, Will Clarke
Wide Receiver: Brandon Coleman (not sure he lasts until our pick in Round 4), Jared Abbrederis, Jarvis Landry, Kevin Norwood, Martavis Bryant
Offensive Line: Brandon Thomas, Dakota Dozier
Cornerback: Jaylen Watkins
Safety: Brock Vereen
I can see the Eagles taking a second-straight OLB in the second round if one of those guys is there and Latimer and Matthews are off the board. The biggest wildcard on Day 2 is whether or not they take a Running Back or Tight End.
I’m not as convinced they’ll take a Defensive Back tonight, but it will depend on how the rest of the draft unfolds.
I suspect they’ll address the DL, but most likely not until Day 3.
If I was a gambling man, I’d say the positions with the best chances of being addressed tonight are, in order, WR, LB, OL, and RB.
It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure!