Missing out on the playoffs this past season, the Philadelphia Eagles have looked to re-tool their roster this offseason. Cutting some deadweight players, the Eagles have brought in a couple players that could make a major difference going forward. The most notable of these players was wide receiver Alshon Jeffery who joined the team on a one-year contract.
However, while these moves are all steps in the right direction for Philadelphia, a major test still remains for this team. The 2017 NFL Draft. While most years, this event is extremely important to the future of each team, this year’s edition brings with it a lot more weight for the Eagles. This year’s draft will be taking place in Philadelphia, something that will allow many fans of the Eagles to attend.
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With the added pressure of hosting the event and having their fans out in force for the event, Philadelphia knows that they must get their first round selection right this year. Right now, the first round pick by Philadelphia looks to be one for need. While there may be more talented players available, the Eagles so far have targeted positions of need during their pre-draft player visits.
The first visit for the team was with Washington wide receiver John Ross. Setting a NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash, Ross had shoulder surgery this past week but still should be set to go once he is drafted. Considering the Eagles need some youthful talent at the receiver position, this is a solid visit for the team to make if they are considering adding a first round receiver.
Another player the Eagles have visited with in the last couple of days has been Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. An extremely quick and powerful runner, Cook is widely seen as the second best running back in this draft class. With Philly’s issues with consistency at the running back position, Cook could be the solution to the Eagles constantly changing backfield.
While the team has other major needs including at the cornerback position, I expect based on these meetings that Philly will target need over talent during the upcoming NFL Draft. Should these moves payoff, the Eagles may then have a shot at making the playoffs in 2017.