Most Likely Targets At #4 Overall

Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher

BYU DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah

West Virginia QB Geno Smith

 

  1. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: arguably the best player in the draft, fills a big need on the Eagles’ roster, and is a perfect scheme fit. He’s got great length and athleticism, and could be a fantastic addition to an aging offensive line that’s missing one more piece. How does Jason Peters-Evan Mathis-Jason Kelce-Todd Herremans-Eric Fisher sound? I would love this pick, and it makes sense from every angle.
  2. Sharrif Floyd, DE, Florida: another top talent that some evaluators believe is the top prospect in this class. Eagles need another defensive lineman to pair with Fletcher Cox, and Floyd is a scheme-versatile penetrator with great character and Philly roots. Responds to adversity tremendously well, judging from both his background and his play against Louisville, when the rest of his team quit.
  3. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon: Chip Kelly raved about Jordan, and the Eagles are now looking for length and size more actively at all positions. The Eagles are stacked at outside linebacker, but Chip Kelly must have a lot of pull in the draft room, and if he loves Jordan as much as he claims to, he could influence the rest of the front office. Jordan has remarkable length and athleticism, but is rather wiry and unrefined. I’m wary of him as a finesse front seven defender.
  4. Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU: speaking of length and athleticism, Ansah is a freak of nature with a rare blend of size, speed, height, arm length, you-name-it. He might have the best motor in this class and will chase plays down 20 or more yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has almost no production in college and has a lot of development left to do, but the potential is there. I think he’s far too big of a gamble in the top five, though.
  5. Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah: defensive end is arguably the Eagles’ top need, and many consider Lotulelei a top five talent now that his heart condition checked out medically. He’s an immovable force in the run game who eats up double teams, but doesn’t make many impact plays or get after the quarterback on a consistent basis. He’d form an excellent duo with Fletcher Cox and would be a solid pick at four.
  6. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: the Eagles added a pair of average starting corners in free agency, but could look to add competition early in the draft. Milliner has everything scouts look for, boasting size, speed, physicality, and an ability to play both man and zone coverage. He’s a nice fit in the Eagles’ scheme, but he doesn’t have shutdown ability, and I view him as more of a mid-to-late first round pick than a top five selection. I’d pass.
  7. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: I expect Chip Kelly to draft a quarterback, but I don’t get the sense that he’s after Geno Smith. Kelly does not believe that franchise quarterbacks are necessarily the key to winning in the NFL, and he’s had a lot of success at Oregon with middling talents at quarterback. Plus, Smith is not a natural runner, Kelly already has decent short term options at the position, and it’s tough to argue that Smith presents value in the top five. However, teams without franchise quarterbacks can never be counted out of taking one high in the draft.
  8. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: this pick only makes sense if Eric Fisher is off the board. Johnson has rare athleticism for an offensive lineman and is an excellent fit for Chip Kelly’s scheme. He’s a bit raw, but has good tape already and has all the physical tools a coach could ask for. He wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’d be fine with the pick.
  9. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: it appears that Joeckel will go first overall to the Chiefs. If he somehow slides to the Eagles, he suddenly jumps several spots on this list. Many will argue that he’s the top player in the draft because of his excellence in pass protection and sound fundamentals. I think the Eagles may prefer the athleticism of Fisher or Johnson over Joeckel, though.
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