So much of the focus of the Eagles' wide-9 defense is placed on the outside pass rushers. For this scheme to work effectively, however, the team needs penetrating interior defenders -- just like Fletcher Cox (above), the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the draft, who could prove a steal at No. 12 overall. The Eagles landed arguably the draft's most explosive linebacker in Cal's Mychal Kendricks, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and an ideal wide-9 edge rusher in Marshall's Vinny Curry in the third round. I'm not as high on Arizona's Nick Foles as some, he has made quick decisions due to his experience in the spread offense, which could help him in the Eagles' scheme. Philadelphia found excellent value throughout the draft's third day, landing talented cover corner and return specialist Brandon Boykin in the fourth as well as reliable possession receiver Marvin McNutt and versatile offensive lineman Brandon Washington in the sixth. The team could be rewarded for their seventh-round gamble on highly touted prep running back Bryce Brown, who'll get a shot for playing time behind star LeSean McCoy. Considering how few holes the Eagles had entering this draft, they'll once again feature one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.
Howard Smith, US PRESSWIRE
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