Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The Eagles could go a number of ways with the #4 pick. They are pretty much set at the skill positions, with many talented Wrs and Rbs. They have been very active so far in Free Agency and have addressed many of their needs on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles are making the switch to a 3-4 defense under new DC Billy Davis. They have made some very nice moves in Free Agency, going with solid role players and not the "big name" players that did not fair so well a few years back.
New head coach Chip Kelly brings an interesting offense to the NFL. While I don't think it will be exactly as he ran it at Oregon, it appears he has a suitable QB for the system. For a couple years, anyway. The Eagles needed help defensively. They appear to have lost both starting CBs from last year. But have brought in Isaac Sopoaga, Connor Barwin, Patrick Chung, Bradley Fletcher, Kenny Phillips, and Cary Williams to bolster the defensive unit.
Fletcher Cox had a very good rookie year. He appears to be a solid player on the front line for years to come. He will most likely move over to DE in the 3-4 with the addition of Sopoaga. This gives the Eagles a solid 2 man front to build on. The other DE could be addressed at some point in the draft.
The Eagles have very good depth at LB. Demeco Ryans had some good years in Houston, but hasn't quite lived up to the hype in Philly. He is still a very good player and capable of manning the middle. The other ILB position appears to be Mychal Kendricks, with Jamar Chaney and Casey Matthews as backups. They also signed Jason Phillips in FA. Barwin comes in to add a nice piece as an OLB rush LB, and Trent Cole drops back from his DE position to play OLB. They also have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry as depth on the outside.
Chung and Phillips instantly upgrade a weak Safety unit. Cary Williams will hope to live up to last year's success with Baltimore. And Brandon Boykin gives decent depth. But CB is definitely a need on this team.
They lose King Dunlap to FA. He wasn't very good for them anyway. Jason Peters returns, but coming off an Achilles Tear, how good will he be? If he is 100%, this improves the line dramatically. But that's a big "if"at 31 years of age. If they can bring in a quality OT, then current starter Todd Herremans could move inside to his natural Guard position. The Eagles ranked 5thworst in the NFL in sacks allowed with 48 in 2012.
This is possibly their best unit. Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and newly acquired Arrelious Benn make a strong unit. James Casey was brought in through FA, so he joins Brent Celek to form a solid TE pair. Casey is very versatile. No needs here.
Bryce Brown saw a lot of time for Lesean Mccoy last season, and was productive. These two form a very good duo. No needs here.
Nick Foles looked to be the future. After the hiring of Chip Kelly, he appears to be trade bait. Dennis Dixon was brought in through FA, as he knows Kelly's system. Vick could actually thrive in this system. But with health being such an issue, it will be interesting to see how long Vick can stay healthy in this system.
If Geno Smith were available he would be a very good option to run this system. It could be a perfect fit for him, and the Eagles wouldn't have to rely so heavily on Vick. After losing both starting Cbs, that becomes a serious need as well. Dee Milliner is the only CB worth drafting with the #4 pick. Star Lotulelei and Shariff Floyd would be solid picks to bolster the front 3 of their 3-4 defense. But I don't think DE outweighs their other major needs. With Smith and Milliner off the board, this becomes an easy pick... Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan University, 6'7, 306lbs.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.