Round 2-Pierre Desir-CB-Lindenwood: As mentioned above, I believe that the 2014 draft will be remembered as the beginning of something special, in-regard to putting together an elite defensive backfield. I said that the first piece in building this was adding Pryor, at whatever cost. The second piece is adding Desir. With the likes of Dennard, Gilbert, and Verrett, Desir is flying under the radar. Some have him pegged as a third round selection, however, if the Eages want him they will need to select him in the second. He has the size and athleticism that teams covet in a starting CB. His game is not completely polished, as he is not yet elite in his start/stop motions. But, his is not afraid of contact in the run game, and he can turn and run with all receivers. He will be a Number 1 CB in the next 2-3 years.
Round 3-C.J. Fiedorowicz-TE-Iowa: It is hard not to select a WR early in this draft, but I believe that we can spend our 7th round pick on a player. Many will not understand this selection, but I love the thought of drafting Fiedorowicz. More than likely, we are going to cut James Casey. With this selection, we could weigh the options of cutting Celek instead. I love Celek, but his cap number is not team friendly. Casey provides us a good lead blocker, and operates as a solid H-Back. Fiedorowicz could take Celek's place, as the in-line, blocking TE. His blocking skills are said to be the best at his position in this draft. Moving forward, he would also be a more dangerous weapon in the passing game. I envision a New England 2 TE set, prior to their issues. Fiedorowicz would serve the Rob Gronkowski role-solid, in-line blocker with great size and feet; an extremely dangerous Red Zone weapon. And, Ertz would serve as the Aaron Hernandez role-motion TE who can line-up in the slot or out wide. Dangerous run after the catch abilities, and helps to spread the defense out. This may not be the sexy pick, but I love the thought of giving Chip Kelly 2 TE sets with players of these skill sets.
Round 4-Demarcus Lawrence-OLB/DE-Boise State: Lawrence is the developmental pass rusher I want most from this draft. We are more than likely keeping Trent Cole for one more season, so we do not need to ask much of Lawrence in year one. Lawrence played a variety of different roles for Boise State, with rushing DE being the most prominent. He has good speed off the edge and, even though he was not asked to do so much in college, he has the quickness, fluidity, and awareness to drop back in coverage. It is this aspect of his game, along with rushing from a standing position, that will need the most attention by our coaching staff.
Round 5-Justin Ellis-DT-Louisiana Tech: At 6'2", 342lbs, Ellis is a big body. He has a strong core and can provide our DL the big body that it needs at NT. To be an effective 3-4 defense, you need large defensive linemen. Look at what Seattle has done with their DL..."Big guys beat up little guys." I love what DT Bennie Logan brings to our DL, and Ellis will only help to add the "big body" that the line needs.
Round 5-Brandon Thomas-OT/OG-Clemson: Thomas, who played Left Tackle at Clemson, struggles in space and is projected to be a better Guard at the next level. With 34 4/8" arms, he will use his length to engage and bury defenders. He has a solid base, but needs to continue to add strength. I project him as a nice developmental OG for the Eagles, who could replace Todd Herremans as early as 2015.