DRAFT PREVIEW: Pick 14 – Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are back in the first round of the 2017 Draft courtesy of the trade which they made that sent Sam Bradford to Minnesota. They need to use that pick wisely.

Pick: 14 (from Vikings)

2016 Record: 7-9

What went right in 2016? Fortune favoured Philadelphia in 2016. Having traded away their first round pick this year to move up the Draft and acquire Carson Wentz, they found that the number two pick was much more NFL-ready than they expected. This meant that they could trade the disgruntled Sam Bradford and get that pick back. Wentz played like a veteran at times, like a rookie at others, but overall impressed and will be expected to be even better this year.

And what went wrong? The Eagles are another team where it is hard to pinpoint anything which went particularly wrong. There was a lack of experience in some areas and of talent in others and at times that cost the Eagles dear.

What do they need? Running Back, Defensive End, Cornerback

Who will they pick? This Draft should be more about acquiring depth of talent than anything else. However, the one thing that will take some pressure off of Wentz in his sophomore season is a quality running back. 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Christian McCaffrey would be an ideal choice here.

Richard O’Hagan

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Richard O'Hagan
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