The dust is finally starting to settle. All the rumblings and grumblings that started to pick up steam in the days leading up the draft came and went. Talks of gambling it all on Marcus Mariota never came to fruition. That isn’t to say that the Eagles didn’t try. It seemed they were going to offer a substantial package – two first round picks, a third round pick, and a bevy of young talent including Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and recently acquired Sam Bradford – to Tennessee for the No. 2 overall pick.
Instead, the Eagles stuck with the 20th selection in the draft and used their first round pick on Nelson Agholor out of USC. The wideout will be expected to help relieve some of the disappointment from letting Jeremy Maclin walk this offseason. The way Chip must be looking at it, he will get a similar performance for a fraction of the cost. In the second round the Birds made another splash by leaping a few spots to draft DB Eric Rowe, who has the ability to play both the cornerback and safety positions. Already an athletically gifted player, his versatility could turn out to be an added bonus.
The Eagles spent the rest of the draft solidifying a defense that is a marked improvement from the defense of over a year ago. The one area the team failed to address was offensive line depth. They did bring in a few undrafted o-line players for camp, but no one to really write home about.
A few years from now, this draft will be remembered as either the draft that proved Philadelphia could be a championship caliber team, or the year the Eagles didn’t offer enough and missed out on an All-Pro quarterback in Mariota. Personally, I would have liked to see the Eagles make the move to reunite Chip Kelly with his favorite quarterback, but I will remain optimistic until the season unfolds.