When this year's NFL College Draft rolls around later this April, the Eagles wait for their turn to officially be 'on the clock' will unfortunately be one of the shortest since the dawn of the new millennium.
Chip Kelly will have a golden opportunity to put his stamp on the team as its new head coach by landing one of the top five players in the country in this year’s class. This could be a blessing or a curse depending on how that pick fares in his career with the team. Many of the experts have Philadelphia addressing its need at offensive line with Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher, but if both of those players go in the top three picks, then cornerback Dee Milliner could a logical choice to address its other pressing need in the defensive secondary.
Regardless of which player the Eagles take in the first round, Kelly and the Birds’ front office will be under the gun to add a number of potential starters with the rest of their picks. This team is not in need of a complete overhaul, but could use an injection of a couple of young studs who want nothing more than to fly around the field and make plays.
The true measure of a successful draft is the ability to sniff out those types of players in all seven rounds. Somewhere in this year’s draft class there could be another Brian Dawkins that is chomping at the bit to make his mark on the NFL.
In a two-part series for Sporting Charts, I dig a bit deeper into the list of prospects on both sides of the ball to find a couple of players that might fit the bill. Below is a link to this week’s article covering the value players on offense.
2013 NFL Draft - Top Offensive Value Picks