Yes it is a bit too early but fans can’t help but wonder and love to think ahead to what could be the future. The 2014 draft class has a handful of quarterbacks that are projected to go in the first round as of today. The Eagles may very well need one depending on how Vick performs the rest of this season. With obvious holes in the secondary and lack of depth on the defense to go a long with personnel that doesn’t fit the 3-4 scheme the Eagles will focus on this side of the ball during free agency and in the draft most likely.
It’s hard to project these things early because you still have so much college season left and some players either thrive or die at the NFL combine. Also some young guys may emerge to fill current perceived holes on the roster. They can also use free agency and trades to help shape the 2014 roster. So take these picks with a grain of salt because no one gets these things right this early.
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida- He’s a big and athletic corner who has proved to be a very consistent cover corner at Florida. Chip Kelly has said big people beat up little people and well for a corner Purifoy is that. At 6’1″ and running a 4.4-40 could be exactly what this defense needs. As a sophomore Purifoy recorded 5 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, along with 51 tackles. He played in a Florida scheme that found him often in 1-on-1 situations with no help and He was able to hold his own.
Other picks: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame; Stephon Tuit, 3-4 DE, Notre Dame; Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State; Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama.
Dion Bailey, S, USC- When Baily first came to USC he played linebacker but now he is playing safety for the Trojans. He has continued his play making ability this season thus far and could be the answer for the Eagles. Bailey has the coverage skills as well as the experience of playing in the box as a linebacker. He has 2 INT’s, averages 6 tackles per game, and has 2 pass breakups this season. Versatility is written all over this kid and if he keeps up this level of play he will be a nice addition for the Eagles next to Earl Wolff.
Other picks: Aaron Lynch, OLB, USF; Christian Jones, OLB, FSU; Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama; Taylor Hart, 3-4 DE, Oregon.
Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor- Richardson is a big body weighing in at 340 lbs and has good quickness for his size which is something Kelly wants out of his lineman. Richardson has been strong so far this season for the Baylor Bears. Herremans is struggling early this season at guard. If this continues, a new face could take his place. (Expected to go late 1st early 2nd now.)
Other picks: Ron Powell, OLB, UF; Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee; Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin.
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson- Beasley is a bit undersized to play the 3-4 OLB spot in the NFL but if he adds weight he’ll be fine. He is very quick and would give depth at linebacker for the Eagles and be a contributor as a pass rusher. So far this season he has 5 sacks with 2 coming against Georgia.
Other picks: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame; Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky.
Terrence Brooks, S, FSU- This is a stretch for Brooks to drop this far but if you project 10+ safeties to go in the first 4 rounds then it will be a stretch for Brooks to be available in the 5th for the Eagles. He has 1 INT on the year so far and 2 pass breakups. This is more of an insurance pick with the current safety situation being very cloudy for the Eagles.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri- This is my sleeper pick at quarterback for the Eagles and there is on other guy that could also be a sleeper in Logan Thomas. As for Franklin though he plays in a spread offense at Missouri and has started since his sophomore year. He has got a strong arm with good accuracy and has mobility which always fits well with the Eagles scheme. If he remains to go under the radar then expect a steal here.
Other picks: Logan Thomas, QB, VT; Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State.
Ishaq Williams, OLB, Notre Dame- The Eagles still need linebackers so here is another one they can try out. At this point in the draft it’s almost impossible to predict who gets taken. Williams has the size at 6’5″, 250+ and runs a low 4.7-40.