The Philadelphia Eagles will continue their rebuilding effort under head coach Chip Kelly with the 22nd pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
General manager Howie Roseman said the team will continue its strategy of sticking to the draft board without emphasizing perceived needs. That makes guessing what the Eagles will do doubly difficult. They will be limited by the 21 picks before them and will go by their grades on the remaining players.
Needs are easy to identify. The Eagles need to improve their pass defense by adding to the pass rush or to the secondary.
In the secondary, the Eagles have to think safety first, but the best cornerback available would be just fine. The Eagles have been burned by taking safeties Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round in recent years.
On the offensive side, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles went for a wide receiver, especially if one with some size is available at No. 22. Thinking Texas A&M’s Mike Evans or Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin here.
Again, since Roseman said he’ll stick to his board, the Eagles could draft in an area of current depth, as they did with tight end Zach Ertz in the second round last year. So a lineman on either side of the ball -- perhaps nose tackle Louis Nix III from Notre Dame -- would not be a shock.
Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 for more insight into the Eagles’ needs and the prospects likely to be available at No. 22.