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With the 2016 NFL regular season wrapping up in the coming weeks, the focus for some teams will shift to the playoffs in January — and hopefully into February.
But for the other 20 teams who won’t make it, the focus turns toward building for the future, which begins with the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27 in Philadelphia. ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. spoke to reporters about some of the best draft eligible players and where they might end up in a few months. Read more »
Mel Kiper released his first 2014 mock draft on Wednesday. He has the Eagles selecting Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the No. 22 overall pick.
I’d consider this more of a “best player available” pick than an outright need, but Benjamin would fill a distinctive role for the Eagles. Riley Cooper has decent size, but doesn’t create separation with speed (and is a free agent), and DeSean Jackson is exceptionally quick still, but lacks a physical presence. Benjamin combines some of both, with a huge frame for a wide receiver at near 6-5 and a lean 230-plus pounds. He possesses not just speed, but a lot of change-of-direction burst. He can simply overwhelm defenders and make plays, and would be a nice weapon for Chip Kelly.
Kiper joined Tony and Harry on 97.5 The Fanatic to discuss other potential options for the Eagles. Read more »