Well the first round happened. We all love Cox.... Time to move forward and take a look at some of the other places we need help moving into tomorrow night.
In this I'm going to list some players who are available still who the Eagles should target, I'll give my reasons why and I would like to hear some of the guys you think the Eagles should target and why. So let's have some fun and kill the 19 or so hours left until the draft picks back up.
- Andre Branch, DE, Clemson- Branch is a relentless player who's excellent at chasing plays down. He plays with a mean streak and stays disciplined. What I like about him is that in the open field he will break down and make a solid tackle. There is a reason why he's slipped this far in the draft, he shows the burst you look for in a Defensive End however he doesn't do so consistently and when hitting the QB he likes to explode through them and often times forgets to wrap up.
- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford- I know we have Celek and Harbor in house but I think that Fleener can give the Eagles another dimension to their offense. Fleener had 10 TD's last season and is a redzone threat, not only that but he finds a way to get open and make plays. The issues he has are definitely fixable with proper coaching, he needs to get better at blocking but the football Gods have graced us with Mudd who seems to be an adequate OL coach.
- Johnathan Martin, OT, Stanford- This was a big surprise to me, I didn't think he'd drop into the 2nd round, but since he has I wouldn't mind the Eagles grabbing him and grooming him as a potential replacement for Peters, Bell or Herremans. He needs work and needs to get stronger to fully adjust to the pro game but if he sits for a year or two those kinks will be worked out.
- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU- Randle is a big prospect at 6'4 208 and I think he can thrive in the Slot, adding him would make our offense even more explosive. He averaged 17 YPC last season and made the most of a pass unfriendly team.
- Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal- Beating the dead horse here. He has the ability to play on the Outside and in the Middle and was my favorite LB outside of Luke. I think he could step in day 1 and start at SAM or WILL LB for the Eagles even though he has aspects of his game he needs to improve on.
- Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina- Not the biggest supporter of Jeffrey but that is because I'm indifferent. I think at 6'4 265lbs (if what I'm reading is correct) and running in the 4.6 range we can find a spot for him on our team. I would like to see the Eagles add him for the Slot and Redzone.
- Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas- Speedster and AMAZING Kick Retuner. I think he lasts into Round 3 and I think the Eagles should pull the trigger if he's there. Adding Adams wouldn't be an upgrade anywhere at WR immediately but he'd certainly be worth it for his return ability where Lewis just simply sucked. I think the added value from a pickup like this would be that he can take some pressure of Desean in the Punt Return department without us losing much if anything.
- Isiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati- Pead would be the perfect compliment to McCoy, whether you love Lewis or not you wouldn't be mad about this pickup. He reminds me of Buckhalter to be honest and I think he could give the Eagles some quality depth. He needs to work on his pass blocking but other than that I have no real issues with his game.
- Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama- The guy is a gamer, he was the anchor of the Alabama defense and played with a torn ACL for a large portion of the year (and produced well with it). I think this is a flyer pickup if you're the Eagles simply because there's no way he's ready to play at a high level Day 1. I think he'd be perfect fit for our 3 tech and would compliment Cox very well. The only reason he didn't go in the 1st round is because of his injury.
- Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama- Lacks ideal size, lacks ideal strength, lacks ideal burst for a pass rusher... The negatives seem to keep going on for this kid. However if there was ever a guy you'd want going after a QB you'd like to have him because even though he has many knocks it doesn't stop him from leading Alabama in sacks, QB pressures, Tackles for a Loss or fumbles and that's something that I would expect of him after he adjusts to the NFL. You can knock the measurables all you want but the kid produces at a position that is key in the NFL.