What the Philadelphia Eagles need first in the draft is so obvious.
Any one fan would think they could make the call on what they draft first. With the recent release of DeSean Jackson, there is a lack of talent and depth behind Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin at wide receiver.
Philadelphia is doing its homework and not surprising anyone by bringing many wide receivers in for visits. The Eagles’ website has noted that the team has visited with former Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans and Indiana’s Cody Latimer. Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin recently made a visit to Philadelphia, and former USC Trojan Marqise Lee is scheduled to come in for a visit as well.
What the Eagles know — and so should the fans — is that the receiver position is one of the most important, if not the most important, needs on the team. Yet, could it be possible that one of their most glaring needs isn’t even their first pick?
It all depends on how the draft plays out. But given the depth of the position, it gives the Eagles flexibility and the peace of mind knowing that it can be taken care of later in the draft.
Jackson is a phenomenal talent, so finding someone that might fill his shoes from day one is unlikely. The Eagles have looked at size (Benjamin and Evans) and speed (Latimer and Lee) to go along side Cooper and Maclin. Lee and Benjamin both look to be late first round picks. If both are still on the board when the Eagles pick at No. 22 overall, the team may look to trade out of the first round.
This would risk the chance of dropping down and losing a top player at the position, but again, the draft is deep at receiver. They may still be able to find a player with the size or speed they are looking for in the second round, while picking up another second or third day draft pick in the process. Some hidden gems could be the likes of Brandon Coleman, Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson.
The Eagles could also just stay put and not address the receiver position at all early on. There may be a situation where a top-ten talent slides all the way down to the No. 22 pick. In this case, they’d take the best available player, especially if it is a talent that is considered one of the best in the draft.