The 2013 NFL draft is just three weeks away and Eagles' fans have no idea what is really going on in the team's 'war room' as far as what they are going to do with the fourth overall pick in the first round. Speculation has ranged from offensive lineman Eric Fisher, cornerback Dee Milliner to quarterback Geno Smith, but no one knows for sure which name Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce once the pick is turned in.
If Andy Reid was still the head coach the choice would be fairly easy; the biggest offensive or defensive lineman on the board, but with Chip Kelly running the show it is hard to tell which direction the Birds will go once they are officially on the clock. The one thing we know for sure is that Kelly's legacy with Philadelphia could very well be determined by this pick. The last time the Eagles has a selection this low in the draft was in 1999 which also happened to be Reid's first year at the helm. Amid a chorus of boos from the Radio City Music Hall crowd, Philadelphia used the second overall pick in the draft to select Donovan McNabb. In retrospect it proved to be the right choice considering how all of the other options panned out, however Reid and McNabb will forever be linked together as oneof the best head coach-quarterback combination in the NFL to never win a Super Bowl.
While the majority of the attention leading up to the draft tends to focus on the top five or ten players on the board, the real value can often be found in the later rounds. The following is a link to my top defensive values in this year's draft in an article I recently wrote for Sporting Charts.
2013 NFL Draft- Top Defensive Value Picks