Despite the fact that a lot will change once free agency happens in less than a week, I figured it would be a good time to take a peek at what some of the mock drafts are saying about the Eagles. If you expected to see a bunch of Luke Kuechlys over and over again, you'd be right... but there are a couple other names being bandied about as well.
Assuming the Eagles franchised WR DeSean Jackson to trade him, the team will have a need for a deep threat. Wright's 40 time at the combine (4.61) was disappointing, but remember Steelers WR Antonio Brown ran a mid 4.5 and proved game speed is all that matters. Wright was extremely durable and improved every year in his college career. With soon to be 32 year old QB Mike Vick's poor durability in mind, the organization needs to continue and give him ample weapons to win, and win soon.
The Eagles disappointed last season, but Poe sure didn't at the combine. The gigantic defensive tackle (6-foot-4, 346 pounds) out of Memphis ran a 4.98 second 40-yard dash with a 1.7 second 10-yard split. With DeSean Jackson franchised, Philly doesn't need to worry about a receiver here
The Eagles have had significant issues at linebacker for a number of years but for one reason or another they have failed to adequately address the problem. Perhaps all of the struggles they encountered at the position this past season will finally help them see the light. Luke Kuechly of Boston College is one of the most productive linebackers the college game has ever seen. Kuechly is a tackling machine in the mold of James Laurinaitis, with outstanding instincts, underrated athleticism and a nose for the ball. Throughout the years this regime in Philadelphia has shown an inclination toward selecting offensive and defensive lineman in round one so even though those positions aren't necessarily considered to be pressing needs it is certainly something to watch out for. In particular keep an eye on a defensive tackle such as Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St. or Michael Brockers of L.S.U. If Philly decides that free agent DeSean Jackson isn't in their long-term plans they could also be in the market for a top wide receiver.
This pick is almost too easy, which makes me wonder about it. Middle linebackers behind a four-man front are mostly faceless figures. Anonymity should take nothing away from their importance to tying a defense together (insert Lewbowski rug joke here).
Roto World - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The Eagles figure to look elsewhere if they re-sign free agent DeSean Jackson, but there are no guarantees after D-Jax's petulance caused in-season turmoil and his production sagged. Wright is a more versatile wideout than Jackson, having excelled both from the slot and out wide. With a 42-inch vertical and 4.3 speed, Wright is also the premier deep threat in this year's receiver class.
The Eagles defense is like an Oreo cookie, strong on the top and bottom and very soft in the middle. The second level of the Eagles defense is in need of a serious talent infusion, and Boston College's Luke Kuechly is the pick. Everyone was quick to point out the ever-popular "football IQ" with Kuechly, but his stellar athletic performance at the combine solidified Kuechly as the top linebacker prospect in this year's draft.