Philadelphia, Pa. – The Philadelphia Eagles can go in multiple directions with the No. 14 selection in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft next month.
Do the Eagles add a playmaker for quarterback Carson Wentz? Do they go defense for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz?
This certainly depends on what the team does in free agency or trades, considering all the rumors around Brandon Cooks. The Saints are seeking a mid-round first rounder for the speedy wide receiver. However, according to reports New Orleans has already declined New England’s offer of their first for Cooks.
Anything is certainly possible, especially when this could change the landscape of free agency (countless wide receivers testing the waters).
When it comes to the draft, a player slipping due to a “heated altercation” at the combine was Alabama’s Reuben Foster. The linebacker in my opinion has Top-5 talent with his size and speed. He hits like a truck and plays with an attitude, which this town will love.
Linebacker is a need for this team as they continue to transition to a 4-3. Additionally, there is a possibility that they deal Connor Barwin and Mychal Kendricks who do not fit the scheme and free up salary cap space.
Foster can play all three downs. It allows Schwartz the freedom to be creative and allow the front seven to take over games. Jordan Hicks and Foster would be a nice one-two punch for years to come.
This a deep draft in the first three rounds, which allows the Eagles to grab a corner. Expect to see a move for wide receiver in free agency.
It does not hurt to take the best player available if Foster somehow falls to No. 14. It is something to at least think about.