Everything you thought you knew about team needs heading into the 2013 NFL draft has changed. Teams like the Chiefs, Eagles, Lions and Browns were extremely active in free agency making their needs in some cases much more obvious, but in others a little more vague.
The Eagles clearly made moves to shore up their defense, but so far have ignored their problems on the offensive line. That's led some mock drafters to assume they'll have to take a lineman with their #1 pick. However, the Eagles biggest issue on the line was injuries. 4 out of 5 starters were lose last season and will be back in 2013. So if their return solidifies the line, what is the one big remaining need?
According to Chris Steuber, from Ourlads.com and PhiladelphiaEagles.com, it's franchise QB. In his mock, Geno Smith is sitting on the board at #4.
"At first, I viewed the Eagles' interest in Smith as a smokescreen," wrote Steuber. "But, after their moves in free agency, it appears they are setting themselves up for a new franchise quarterback to fit Chip Kelly's offensive philosophy. "
On the eve of free agency, the Eagles braintrust of coach Chip Kelly, GM Howie Roseman and owner Jeff Lurie all flew down to Morgantown to put Geno Smith through a private workout. I find it very unlikely that they would all go down to put Smith through his paces as a simple smokescreen to feign interest. No, it's far more likely that they were doing honest due diligence.
And if Smith's pro day performance is any indication of how he performed for the Eagles, they likely left very impressed.
For a full analysis of each pick, check out OurLads.com
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon|
|3||Oakland Raiders||Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Matt Barkley, QB, USC|
|8||Buffalo Bills||Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia|
|9||NY Jets||Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State|
|11||San Diego Chargers||Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma|
|12||Miami Dolphins||Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State|
|13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU|
|16||St. Louis Rams||Chance Warmack, G, Alabama|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||Johnathan Cooper, G, North Carolina|
|19||NY Giants||Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame|
|20||Chicago Bears||Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas|
|22||St Louis Rams (from WAS)||Matt Elam, S, Florida|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Keenan Allen, WR, California|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)||Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Eric Reid, S, LSU|
|27||Houston Texans||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson|
|28||Denver Broncos||Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington|
|29||New England Patriots||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||David Amerson, S, NC State|