Following a dramatic free agency period, it’s time for the Eagles to move on from the DeSean Jackson saga. They now have to prepare themselves for a chance at a deep playoff run.
1. Houston Texans: QB Teddy Bridgewater(unchanged)
Bridgewater would be an ideal pick for Houston, following Matt Schaub’s epic collapse.
2. St. Louis Rams: OLB Khalil Mack
The Rams need to add a playmaker to their defense, and Mack would give St Louis a weapon to work with. Best-player-availible pick here, and could create a nice mesh between the secondary and pass rush.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Johnny Manzeil
Gus Bradley knows the city of Jacksonville is becoming a football ghost town. The athleticism of Manzeil would be too enticing to pass up.
4. Cleveland Browns: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Pure freak of nature. Clowney will add punch to a Browns defense that attained a hefty free agency makeover.
5. Oakland Raiders: QB Derek Carr
In all honesty, there is a reason the Raiders are always up in the top five trying to find a quarterback. Derek Carri s the more polished QB, but the reckless nature of the Raiders suggests they would have taken Mr. Daredevil himself: Johnny Manziel. The football gods guide the Raiders out of the top five by forcing them to take Carr.
6. Atlanta Falcons: DT Louis Nix(unchanged)
Atlanta’s defense came up rather small when trying to rush the quarterback in 2013. Louis Nix is a well-rounded tackle who is similar to Eagles’ DT Fletcher Cox in many ways.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Greg Robinson
Robinson falls from his projected top-five pedestal into the Buccaneers lap. The tackle is a mammoth with leopard-like athleticism. New coach Lovie Smith will want to build through the trenches.
8. Minnesota Vikings: QB Brian Bortkes
Bortles, who was arguably the third best quarterback in the draft, falls to a Minnesota team that is poised for success. Some defensive help will be all the Vikings need to return to form in the NFC North. This drop in draft stock becomes a blessing in disguise.
9. Buffalo Bills: WR Sammy Watkins(unchanged)
The Bills could easily take a lineman here, but Watkins is a physical specimen with game-breaking speed. He and E.J. Manuel could bring some life into the Bills.
10. Detroit Lions: S HaHa Clinton-Dix(unchanged)
This is a guy who could provide a ball-hawking presence for the Lions, who need to improve the back end of a promising defense.
11. Tennessee Titans: QB Zach Mettenberger
Similar to Jacksonville’s approach, the Titans will look to build their offense and find a replacement for Jake Locker. Mettenberger has played exceedingly well this season, and the Tennessee front office knows a pocket passer is needed to distribute to their playmakers.
12. New York Giants: OT Jake Mathews
The Giants’ old and obsolete line needs an injection of youth, and Mathews would provide just that. Mathews falls far from his initial projections, but finds a nice niche in New York.
13. St. Louis Rams: OT Taylor Lewan
The Rams will need to protect their next quarterback(whomever he is), and their budding skill position players.
14. Chicago Bears: CB Justin Gilbert(unchanged)
A Chicago secondary which gave up the season-ending touchdown to Randall Cobb will need to be overhauled. This pick may arrive Just-in time for the Bears.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Mike Evans
The Steelers need to add weaponry to their offense after feeling the effects of Mike Wallace’s exit. Pittsburgh takes Evans, who is a true freak of nature. The 6-5, 225 lb playmaker also possesses speed, and would transform a suspect Pittsburgh offense.
16. Dallas Cowboys: OLB Vic Beasley(unchanged)
The Cowboys need pass-rushing help after seeing injuries flatten their defense. Beasley could replace star DeMarcus Ware, who left for Denver.
17. Baltimore Ravens: S Calvin Pryor
Pryor could help a Ravens defense that sorely missed Ed Reed(who didn’t do much last year), and struggled because of it. Pryor adds a physicality back into the Baltimore defense.
18. New York Jets: TE Eric Ebron(unchanged)
Ebron would add to a Jets offense that relied on Geno Smith to play as superman, which he was unable to do consistently.
19. Miami Dolphins: OT Antonio Richardson(unchanged)
Miami needs to protect Ran Tannehill better than they did this season. The Dolphins will need to replace Jonathan Martin anyway.
20. Arizona Cardinals: TE Austin Seferian-Jenins(unchanged))
Another weapon to add to Bruce Arians’ Cardinal offense.
21. Green Bay Packers: OLB C.J. Mosley(unchanged)
Green Bay struggled to rush the passer without Clay Mathews, and Beasley would change the Packer defense dramatically.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Anthony Barr
After the Eagles failed to go after S Jarius Byrd from the bills, they filled one safety spot with former Saint Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins is a solid leader and cover safety, but the Eagles know he can only play one of the two safety spots. With Kelly’s frustration with Patrick Chung apparent after the playoff loss, the Eagles biggest need is to remedy to a season-long headache for them. But for a team that recorded around 35 sacks last year, Anthony Barr falls from the chimney as an early Christmas present. He adds a pass rush that the team desperately requires. This alleviates the need to take a risk on Dion Jordan, as a player that hasn’t performed isn’t as desired as one that hasn’t tried.
23. San Diego Chargers: CB Darqueze Dennard(unchanged)
The Chargers’ pass defense needs help, and Dennard would make sure they no longer get beat deep on big plays.
24. Kansas City Chiefs: DE Stephon Tuitt(unchanged)
Tuitt would add another big presence in the middle of the Chiefs behemoth defense.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Cameron Erving(unchanged)
Erving would help to protect Andy Dalton, and seal the hole in the Bengals line that was opened up in their loss to San Diego.
26. Cleveland Browns: DE Trent Murphy(unchanged)
“There are two things that nobody off the street can do in the NFL: throw the football, and rush the passer,” said former Eagle Hollis Thomas on WIP. Having taken their quarterback, the Brown ad a pass rusher to boost their defense.
27. New Orleans Saints: CB Marcus Roberson(unchanged)
The Saints’ secondary depth was exposed in their narrow wild card victory. Behind the top two corners is a barren wasteland.
28. San Francisco 49ers: CB Aaron Colvin(unchanged)
The Niners need to fortify their secondary to support their deadly front seven.
29. New England Patriots: Kelvin Benjamin(unchanged)
With their top target of 2012 often injured, and their other top target in prison, the Patriots will need to add to the current crop of WRs.
30. Carolina Panthers: WR Marquise Lee
Lee falls out of the sky into the Panthers laps. Carolina, which lost Steve Smith and other notable targets, needs an all-around weapon to plug in. Lee does the trick.
31. Denver Broncos: DT Aaron Donald
The Broncos defense needs to beef up. Donald played well in his last season, and will fit in well in Denver, which runs a 4-3 defense for him to slide into. Donald slides to 31 because of his need for a 4-3.
32. Seattle Seahawks: OLB Kyle Van Noy(unchanged)
The Seahawks get a pass rusher to balance out with their supreme secondary, and will become a nightmare for defenses next season.
Chew on this as we await the future ahead.