NFL DRAFT 16 DAYS AWAY, HERE’S WHO EAGLES SHOULD TAKE AT 20

UConn cornerback Byron Jones would immediately improve the Birds’ secondary.

By Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

2014 Record: 10- 6, 2nd in NFC East
First Draft Pick: No. 20 overall.

When the Eagles are on the clock with the No. 20 pick of the NFL Draft April 30 in Chicago, who should they take?

Here is an in-depth look at the team’s needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com’s experts.

All things considered, who would you pick and why?

TEAM NEEDS
1. Safety: The Eagles were happy with the play of Malcolm Jenkins, but not Nate Allen. He was a free agent and they didn’t try to re-sign him. They need to find a replacement, but the draft is not deep at safety. Best in-house options are Earl Wolff and second-year man Jaylen Watkins.

2. Wide Receiver: Their leading receiver, Jeremy Maclin, signed with Kansas City, and their No. 2 wideout, Riley Cooper, averaged just 10.5 yards per catch last season. While Chip Kelly has high hopes for 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, he likely will select a wideout early in this draft.

3. Offensive line: They released veteran right guard Todd Herremans. LT Jason Peters and LG Evan Mathis both are All-Pros, but they’re also both 33 years old. The Eagles need to replenish their line.

OFFSEASON TRANSACTIONS:
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
–OLB Brandon Graham: Potential UFA; $26M/4 yrs, $4M SB/$14M guaranteed.
–QB Mark Sanchez: Potential UFA: $9M/2 yrs, $2.5M SB/$5.5M guaranteed.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED
–WR Seyi Ajirotutu: UFA Chargers; $825,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB/$380,000 guaranteed.
–LB Kiko Alonso (trade Bills).
–WR Miles Austin: UFA Browns; $2.3M/1 yr, $500,000 SB/$1M guaranteed.
–CB E.J. Biggers: UFA Redskins; $745,000/1 yr.
–QB Sam Bradford (trade Rams).
–LB Brad Jones: FA Packers; $2.85M/2 yrs, $500,000 SB.
–RB Ryan Mathews: UFA Chargers; $11M/3 yrs, $3M SB/$4M guaranteed.
–CB Byron Maxwell: UFA Seahawks; $63M/6 yrs, $6M SB/$25M guaranteed.
–RB DeMarco Murray: UFA Cowboys: $40M/5 yrs, $5M SB/$21M guaranteed; $3M for injury only/$3M RB 3/17.
–CB Walter Thurmond: UFA Giants; $3.25M/1 yr, $2M SB.
PLAYERS LOST
–S Nate Allen: UFA Raiders; $23M/4 yrs, $4M RB 2015/$11.8M guaranteed
–TE James Casey (released).
–LB Trent Cole (released).
–G Todd Herremans (released).
–WR Jeremy Maclin: UFA Chiefs; $55M/5 yrs, $12M SB/$22M guaranteed.
–RB LeSean McCoy (traded Bills).
–CB Bradley Fletcher: UFA Patriots; $1.5M/1 yr, $100,000 SB/$1.25M guaranteed.
–QB Nick Foles (traded Rams).
–LB Casey Matthews: UFA Vikings; $825,000/1 yr.
–CB Cary Williams (released).

BEST FIT:
–Cornerback, Byron Jones, Connecticut
Chip Kelly wants to get bigger and faster at every level of the defense and even with the additions of Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond via free agency, the Eagles still want to add another defensive back in the draft. And Jones at 6-1 and 200 pounds with a legitimate 4.3 40-yard dash has the size and speed dimensions that has Kelly’s attention and would be a logical plug-and-play prospect in Philly’s secondary.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT.COM/CBS SPORTS EXPERTS’ PICKS:
–Rob Rang: Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon.
Coach Chip Kelly loves his Ducks. If unable to swing a big move for Mariota or unwilling to gamble on the similar athletic Brett Hundley, Kelly and the Eagles may see Armstead as an ideal complement to Fletcher Cox and a developing Philadelphia defensive line.

–Dane Brugler: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut.
Connecting the pro day dots, Chip Kelly has paid close attention to big, athletic defensive back prospects this spring. Eric Rowe is in the conversation, but Jones is the better fit and should surprise no one if he’s drafted this high.
–Pete Prisco: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia.
Last week, Chip Kelly said fixing the defense is the top priority. They have to get better coming off the edge.
–Will Brinson: Eagles traded to Cleveland Browns, to move up to No. 12 and with that No. 12 pick the Eagles take:
–Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon.
It would be pretty hysterical if Chip Kelly made the bold move to trade up in the first round of the draft to grab one of his former players and that player wasn’t Mariota. Philly and Cleveland talked trade earlier in the year with respect to Sam Bradford. This deal wouldn’t include any quarterback swapping or a first-round pick
At No. 20, the Cleveland Browns take:
–Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma.
The Browns lost hyper-talented, hyper-troubled wideout Josh Gordon for all of 2015 so why not replace him with someone similar?

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