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Defending a championship in any sport is never easy. Especially in a city like Philadelphia, where fans expect players to give it there all even if it means crawling off the field to secure the victory.
Injuries, lack of depth and inconsistent play have bitten this Philadelphia Eagles’ team this year. However you want to look at it, Howie Roseman and company have work to do.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Roseman can find plenty of help in this year’s draft, especially on defense. The Eagles hold 11 draft picks this year. Roseman has done a decent job of drafting so far, but it remains to be seen if the success can continue.
Problems with this secondary can’t be ignored, especially after what Eagles’ fans are enduring this year. Yes, Jalen Mills is a double move away from giving up another six points and Malcolm Jenkins still can’t cover the elite tight ends of the league.
Injuries have hit this group hard. With some of the DB’s that should be available, Roseman can find his true No.1 one corner.
Trading for Golden Tate was a decent move but it wasn’t the right move. After missing out on Amari Cooper, Philly had to do something in hopes of finding some help for this wide receiver group. Yes, Nelson Aglor and Alshon Jeffery are good but you need a No. 2 receiver. Here are my five guys the Eagles should Draft.
1.) Byron Murphy; Cornerback, Washington Huskies
He’s a cover corner with great size at 6’0″ who has a skill-set of a shutdown corner. They can put him on the top receiver, allowing Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones to switch depending on the matchup.
2.) N’Keal Harry; Wide Receiver, Arizona State Sun Devils
Harry is a very physical receiver with great hands and catch radius. He’s a fluid route runner that can make plays once the ball is in his hands. His 6’3″ stature combined with his speed would allow for Alshon Jeffery to go back to his natural position.
3.) Tyree St. Louis; Offensive Tackle, Miami Hurricanes
High Upside, St. Louis’ quick hands allows him to be a violent striker. He’s a solid run blocker and better pass protector. His quick feet with his 6’5″ 300-pound frame makes him unique. He’s a little raw but with good coaching, he can become a mainstay in the NFL.
4.) Joe Giles-Harris; Linebacker, Duke Blue Devils
Giles-Harris is a physical rangy linebacker who can cover and defend the run. He has a High IQ who can become a three-down linebacker for the team.
5.) Rock Ya-Sin, Cornerback, Temple Owls
His solid technique combined with his physicality and solid cover skills makes him a must pick. He can also be a force in stopping the run. Ya-Sin can play either safety or corner and uses his size and length to his advantage.