For the first time in nearly 15 years, the Eagles hold a top-five pick in the NFL Draft. With uncertainty on the Eagles’ roster and no real consensus as to where this year’s top prospects will land, who the Eagles will draft with the No. 4 overall pick is very much up in the air.
In a conference call with reporters, NFL Network analyst and Philadelphia native Mike Mayock broke down the Eagles’ needs and how head coach Chip Kelly and his staff can bolster the team’s roster. Let's get his take on the defense ...
When asked what the Eagles might do with their top pick, Mayock started with the secondary. It’s a position in flux for the Eagles – cornerback
"I really like him," Mayock said of Milliner. "I think he's a heck of a football player and I think he'd be safe. But I don't think he's that explosive 4.35 kind of 40 (yard dash) guy. If they took him, I'd be okay with that because he's a solid football player, but I think it's a little high for him."
Mayock was much higher on this year’s safety class, another area at which the Eagles could certainly use an infusion of talent. Because the talent pool at safety is deep this year, Mayock believes the Eagles could grab a quality player later in the draft.
"This is one of the best safety classes I've seen in years," he said. "I think the Eagles are going to get a chance to get a safety in the second or third round, and that's important. They need a safety badly."
The Eagles are going to use a versatile defensive scheme under coordinator Bill Davis, which means they will be looking for a different kind of defender than fans in Philadelphia are used to seeing. Mayock believes Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman are savvy enough to analyze their own players before deciding to bring in new blood.
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If the Eagles do decide to draft a pass-rushing linebacker, Mayock suggested one of Kelly’s former pupils.
"I kind of like (Oregon linebacker) Dion Jordan, who I think is two years away from being an Aldon Smith-type player," Mayock said. "He's only about 240 pounds, but he's 6-7. He's got frightening athletic skills, and he's a year away. He would be a situational pass rusher year one, and if he puts 20 pounds on, I think he's going to be a perennial All-Pro. I really like the kid. But, again, that's a little bit of a risk/reward. You're betting on this kid two years from now."
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