Saturday, April 13, 2013

Impact Players in the 2013 NFL Draft

This year's draft has really caught the attention of Eagles' fans given that the last time the Birds had a pick this low in the first round was all the way back in 1999 when rookie head coach Andy Reid selected Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the first round.

Looking at the predictions for a few of the more popular draft gurus out there, Mel Kiper Jr. still has the Eagles taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith while Todd McShay has them selecting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei out of Utah. A few other names that have been tossed around over the past few weeks are Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, offensive tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan and Oregon outside linebacker Dion Jordan. There are obvious holes on the offensive line and defensive secondary for new head coach Chip Kelly to fill, but whichever player the Eagles do decide to take will be under the gun to make an immediate impact on a winning franchise that has suddenly lost its way over the past two seasons.

The one thing that we know for sure is the fateful name that NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announces fairly early in the evening on Thursday, April 25 as the fourth overall selection of the 2013 draft will forever define the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia. These two are destined to be tied at the hip just as Reid and McNabb were during what should be thought of as a rather lengthy and successful run in this town. The main difference will be that this time around, this duo will have the added pressure of finally bringing home that elusive a Super Bowl title.

The following is a link to an article I recently wrote for Bang the Book taking a closer look at few potential impact players that are available in this year's draft.

Impact Players in the 2013 NFL Draft

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