After quite possibly the worst season I've ever seen as an Eagles fan, changes are coming left and right. Andy Reid's out, Chip Kelly's in, and there are bound to be many more changes in the coming months.
There are a lot of problems with this team. The offensive line is an injury-plagued disaster, the secondary is mediocre at best, and Nick Foles doesn't seem to be the answer at quarterback moving forward, just to name a few. A lot of these problems can be addressed, but to me, the success of this team lies solely in the hands of what was once the most feared offense in the league. If this team is to have a successful 2013 season, the offense needs produce. And who better to make an offense produce than Chip Kelly?
The 2013 NFL Draft is probably going to be the most important draft the Eagles have had since the draft of 1999 when Andy Reid drafted Donovan McNabb. This is Chip Kelly's first time ever being a part of an NFL franchise, so this whole draft thing is going to be a little new to him. However, if he is going to turn this team around, he needs to do it through the draft.
To me, there are two players the Eagles should draft in the first and second round of the 2013 draft that can really help turn the offense around.
1. I've been hearing murmurs of Chance Warmack going to Philly with the fourth overall pick.
I want Chance Warmack.
If there is one area that the Eagles really need to work on, it's the offensive line. I know, I know, the Eagles were without half of their starting linemen for a huge portion of the season. That played a major roll in how terrible their season was. But think about this - a healthy Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, and Jason Kelce plus one of the best left guards in the league, Evan Mathis, and a giant, powerful rookie in Chance Warmack. I don't know about you, but I think that sounds pretty sweet.
One of the best things about Warmack is that he is an outstanding run blocker. With Chip Kelly as the new head-honcho, the Eagles will be doing a lot of running with LeSean McCoy next season and they'll need another good run-blocker. Warmack could be that guy. He would help make the Eagles offensive line a dominant force. Danny Watkins was not the answer at right guard. Chance Warmack could be.
2. A lot of people seem to think that Nick Foles has a very bright future in this league. I am not one of those people. Nick Foles is slow, inaccurate, has happy feet in the pocket, he doesn't fit Chip Kelly's offense, and he looks like a sad cross between Tom Petty and Napoleon Dynamite. Those are just a few reasons why I think the Eagles should look for a QB in the second round of the draft. And that QB would be Ej Manuel.
Ej Manuel would be a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense.
First, he's mobile. This guy can run. In the new offense that the Eagles will be running next season, everyone will need to be fast. Especially the quarterback. Chip Kelly loves his dual-threat quarterbacks and this guy is a perfect embodiment of a dual-threat.
Second, Ej Manuel has a very quick release. A quick release is vital for professional quarterbacks because of how quickly some of these athletic defensive ends can rush the passer. As long as you can get the ball out of your hands and into your receivers' hands quickly, you'll be successful. This will be great in the screen-game, which Kelly loves to run.
Last, Manuel is a big man. He's 6-5, 240. He'd be able to see over the offensive line and look for running lanes when the opportunity is there. And once he gets going, it's hard to take him down.
I'd be ecstatic if the Eagles drafted just one of these guys. If they drafted both, I feel that very good days could be ahead for the Eagles.