With the fourteenth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB | Florida State
Hard to not be a biased writer here and give the Eagles a stud, but I honestly think they are in great position to grab an offensive weapon to help Carson Wentz or a lockdown corner to improve the secondary.
The Eagles made a splash in free agency bringing in receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith after all the drops Eagles receivers had in 2016. Torrey Smith provides a vertical threat but wasn’t nearly as productive in San Francisco as he was back in Baltimore and just turned 28. Jeffrey has proven he can be a team’s number one receiver but has dealt with injuries and suspensions over the past couple seasons. He also only signed a one year deal. With Jeffrey at 1, and Smith at 2, receiver Jordan Matthews can do damage from the slot where he is most comfortable. The receiver depth is much improved compared to just a season ago but it doesn’t necessarily mean work is done at that position. The Eagles could be interested in any of the top receiver prospects in this years draft. Between Mike Williams, Corey Davis and John Ross, at least 1 possibly even 2 options could still be available. Another option that should be available is Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. Cook would give head coach Doug Pederson a player in the mold of Jamal Charles who he had in Kansas City and former Eagle LeSean McCoy. Ryan Mathews has shown he can’t stay healthy and can’t hold onto the ball. I honestly was ready to boycott being an Eagles fan two seasons ago when we traded for Bradford to be our starting quarterback and Matthews was brought in to be our starting tailback. The city of brotherly love is behind Wentz and would be even more excited for a shifty back with speed like Dalvin Cook.
The Eagles could very well go defense at pick number 14. The loss of Nolan Carroll and Leodis McKelvin leaves their cornerback depth rather thin. The free agent signing of Patrick Robinson doesn’t change that. The Eagles need to get back to having lockdown corners on the outside like they had with Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown back in the day. In fact Sheppard and Brown were drafted in the first and second rounds respectively in 2002 and held down the secondary for the next 6+ years. Perhaps Philly takes a page out of their own draft history book and uses the depth at corner in this years draft to do the same.