Expect Eagles to take defensive player in 1st round

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson, the expectation among most fans and media was that they would look to draft his replacement in the first round. Could it be Brandin Cooks? Mike Evans? Kelvin Benjamin? Cody Laminer? It very well might be, but will they take a receiver in round one?

Don’t bet on it.

I agree with Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com when he says that talk about the Eagles taking a receiver in round one is a smokescreen. The Eagles will go with the best player available, but if they had equal grades on a receiver and outside linebacker, expect them to go with the linebacker.

I’m not saying that drafting an offensive player is out of the question, but I call it unlikely. If they pass on a receiver in round one, they could look to target Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson in round two. If they look for one later in the draft, a prime target may be Oregon’s Josh Huff, who used to play for Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

If the Eagles pick at 22, keep an eye on UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Auburn’s Dee Ford, Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller, Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, and Alabama’s Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. They all play positions of need for the Eagles and could end up being the pick.

The draft is now 31 days away. Buckle up and enjoy it. There will be a lot of smokescreens, so don’t buy every single rumor you see. Chances are that it will be false.

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