The Eagles focused only on the defensive side of the ball on Day 3 of the 2014NFL Draft.
The team had four picks on the draft's final day, and all three were used on the defensive side of the ball.
First came Taylor Hart, who has some serious size.
Hart, a 6'6'', 280 pound lineman, was a starter for Chip Kelly during his days at Oregon, and was named second team All-Pac 12 after his senior season. He is close with Eagles' defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro, and is already familiar with the Eagles' scheme, according to The Inquirer's Zach Berman.
STRENGTHS: Terrific size and length. Good eyes and awareness. Plays on his feet. Holds his ground at the point. Gains extension and can stack and shed. Collapses the pocket. Good range and pursuit effort. Closes hard. Strong wrap tackler (very good production) -- snares ball carriers and drags them to the turf. Good soldier who falls in line willingly and has clean character.
WEAKNESSES: Could stand to add bulk to his frame and get functionally stronger. Average athlete. Not explosive. Ordinary get-off -- takes short initial steps and exposes his frame off the snap. Needs to play with more consistent pad level. Fairly linear rusher. Limited shoulder flexibility to dip and bend the edge. Stiffness shows in space.
Hart finished his career at Oregon with 173 total tackles, and five forced fumbles.
Next, the Eagles selected Ed Reynolds, a safety from Stanford.
Reynolds comes from good football bloodlines, as his father was a linebacker in the NFL from 1983-1992.
Reynolds, who is listed at 6'1'', 207 pounds, missed the 2011 season with MCL and ACL tears, but recovered well and was a third-team All-American in 2012, when he recorded 6 interceptions and 3 touchdowns. He declared for the draft after the 2013 season.
His combined NFL combine and pro-day workout results are below:
STRENGTHS: At 6-2, 205 pounds, Reynolds possesses the lanky build scouts are looking for at the position. Physical and instinctive. Demonstrates good agility and acceleration to handle covering athletic tight ends out of the slot as well as supply deep help over the top. Reads the action and moves fluidly, showing a nice late burst to close on the ball and terrific vision and open-field running ability once he possesses it. Understands his role as the last line of defense and generally takes excellent angles in pursuit.
Force in run defense. Savvy defender and reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down well in space and delivers a pop on contact, often driving ballcarriers back.
WEAKNESSES: Missed 2011 season due to knee injury (ACL). Aggressive nature can be used against him at times, getting burned on occasion by cut-back runs from quicker ballcarriers. Ejected from one game in 2013 for targeting, displaying bad habit of leading with his helmet, which will draw personal fouls in the NFL.
Only one highly-productive season in terms of creating turnovers while playing on a defense with dominating front seven, and must prove he can make impact plays on consistent basis.
With their final pick in the 2014 Draft, the Eagles went with Beau Allen, a defensive tackle out of Wisconsin.
Allen, noted for his versatility as he played in all 54 games of his college career, also has some size. The tackle is listed at 6'2'' and 333 pounds. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten player in 2013 before declaring for the draft.
With his size, Allen may find some success as a run stuffer, if not an every-down type of player.
STRENGTHS: Stoutly built lower body (squats a small house). Good initial thrust off the snap. Sheer size, natural girth and functional strength to occupy blocks. Has a desirable mentality for the position. Brings energy, plays hard and gives terrific pursuit effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Very good 10-yard splits (1.68 seconds) at his pro day, indicating surprising short-area burst for a 330-pounder.
WEAKNESSES: Marginal value as a pass rusher. Ordinary bull rush. Needs to play with better pad level -- plays too tall and is too easily engaged. Unrefined hand use and slow to disengage. Does not dominate single blocking. Is straight-linish and struggles to change direction. Slow of foot with limited range. Not an impactful playmaker.