The Eagles were able to make a big splash in the draft and gain players that can contribute to the team right away. They did a great job by addressing key team needs. The Eagles were able to draft wide receiver Nelson Agholor from USC to make up for losing former wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in free agency. The Eagles were also able to fufill a glaring on defense by drafting cornerback Eric Rowe from the University of Utah. Rowe fits the Eagles perfectly due to his ability to play corner or safety.
The Eagles also drafted a big time playmaker in Jordan Hicks, an inside linebacker from the University of Texas. Hicks will add depth to an already stacked and revamped Eagles linebacking core. Drafting Hicks also heats up rumors that the Eagles will be looking to trade linebacker Mychal Kendricks. While this rumor has began to pick up since drafting Hicks I don’t believe that trading Kendricks is the plan for the Eagles.
I believe that Chip Kelly has added a great deal of depth to the linebacking core because of the risk of injury. Kendricks suffered from ankle problems last year and DeMeco Ryans is coming off an ACL injury, as well as getting old. By adding depth and drafting Hicks, Kelly is setting up the linebacking core for the Eagles to be one of the best in the league for years to come.
I am also extremely excited to see the Eagles new revamped secondary. With one of the worst passing defenses in the league last year the Eagles let go of both starting corners Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. Starting from scratch was the best possible decision the Eagles could have made. They signed highly coveted Bryon Maxwell in free agency and signed cornerback Walter Thurmond to come in and compete for a job as a slot corner. With the new addition of Eric Rowe and keeping the Eagles star corner Brandon Boykin, I believe Eagle fans should be excited to see what is in store for this new and improved, young Eagles defense.