It’s time for the first annual Birds 24/7 Draft Predictions, where Sheil and I lay it all on the line in a fight for bragging rights. Kapadia is still stinging from his sound defeat in our 53-man projections battle back in training camp. Let’s see if he can get on the scoreboard.
Whenever he has talked to reporters this offseason, Chip Kelly has been hesitant to put a label on his defense.
And for good reason. He just got them out on the field for the first time last week, and the roster won’t be complete until the draft is over.
While we should gain some clarity on scheme after the Eagles make their selections, it’s worth taking note of what the team is telling prospects.
For example, Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd joined Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic today and was asked if he would be miscast in a classic 3-4.
“I know I’m disruptive in a 4-3, but the package the Eagles run is the hybrid 3-4, which is a 4-3 in a sense,” Floyd said. “It’s just the outside linebacker walks out. So it’s not a bad deal. It’s still a 4-3, but it looks like a 3-4 front. It’s more of an under front, and we did that at Florida. We did the 3-4, we did the 4-3, and we also ran under. So it’s all the same, just a walk-down linebacker. That’s all it is.”
If you missed part one on the offense, click here.
Now, for the defense. Here are 23 potential first-round prospects to round out the top-40. With each name, you’ll find a short description on how he might fit with the Eagles, along with the likelihood of the player ending up in Philadelphia.
Chip Kelly’s response drew laughter, but there was actually probably some truth behind his words.
“Yeah, and I get bored,” Kelly said last week, when asked about the process of working through different draft scenarios with Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ personnel team.
“To be honest with you, when they give you a million different scenarios, I think the same thing in the back of my mind. What if one team will trade 17 picks for us? You would say that would never happen. But the New Orleans Saints did it for Ricky Williams, so you have to talk about it. So we talk about it.”
Kelly is only three months into his tenure, but the sense here is that he’s at his happiest when he’s on the field coaching, or in the meeting room with his staff working on offensive concepts and X’s and O’s.
Add two big names to the list of players the Eagles are taking a look at in front of the 2013 NFL Draft.
According to sources, the team will be bringing in Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher for visits.
Both are potential top-5 picks, and could conceivably be selected by the Eagles at No. 4.