The Eagles have an outstanding defensive line, but Vinny Curry and Cedric Thornton are impending free agents. It'll be difficult to keep the two of them, so if one (or both) leaves, Chip Kelly, if he hasn't fled to USC, LSU or Texas, may decide to snatch another Oregon Duck to help him fill a need.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Jordan Matthews can't stop dropping passes, while Nelson Agholor hasn't done anything yet. The Eagles could add another receiver to the mix.
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Rd. 3, Pk. 12
Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
Chip Kelly screwed up big time by letting go of both Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans this offseason, and he's now paying the price. I'm not sure if he'll be around to correct things - USC and Texas will tempt him - but he'll have to find new blockers next offseason.
The Eagles could use a quarterback and offensive line help, but there isn't really a signal-caller option here, so they can go with a blocker who could help them at guard or tackle.
Conklin is a well-balanced blocker who is effective at protecting the passer and opening holes in the ground game. He turned in an impressive 2014 season as the blind-side protector for Connor Cook.
The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Conklin could use a little more power for the next level, but he should add that in an NFL strength and conditioning program. Conklin isn't all that quick or athletic. In speaking with sources from multiple teams, they feel that Conklin would be better off as a right tackle in the NFL. They say a team could get away with him at left tackle, but ultimately would be looking for an upgrade who is more athletic.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Jarran Reed, DT/DE, Alabama
The Eagles could lose some veteran defensive linemen in free agency and will probably need some draft picks to fortify their front.
The 6-foot-4, 313-pound Reed has been a powerful defender for Alabama at the point attack. He is a strong run defender who fills his gap and is tough to move. Reed isn't much of a pass-rusher though. In 2015, he has 48 tackles with 3.5 for a loss, one sack and two passes batted. As a junior in 2014, he had 55 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, one sack and five passes batted. Reed was a JUCO player before landing at Alabama.
Pick change; previously KeiVarae Russell, CB
Rd. 3, Pk. 12
Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The Eagles could still use some secondary upgrades and a safety to go with Malcolm Jenkins.
Neal has 66 tackles with a pass breakup and one interception in 2015. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 45 tackles with three interceptions and four passes broken up. Neal has been a solid defender, but he needs to continue to improve his coverage skills and work on wrapping up rather than looking for the knockout blow.
Neal (6-1, 216) is a big, strong and instinctive safety who has impressed NFL sources. It would help his draft stock if he shows the ability to cover tight ends and receivers downfield. Teams know that Neal can serve as an in-the-box run safety.
The Eagles have long needed help at the corner position. but he’s definitely got close to the same exact skillset that enabled his older brother Kyle Fuller to be the 14th pick in 2014. Byron Maxwell is a good corner, but it’s usually best to have more than one. Kendall Fuller is a cover corner in the making, though he might not be as ready for starting caliber NFL wideouts as his brother was in 2014.