The votes are in and with the third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah.
Next we address the #4 pick in the draft - The Philadelphia Eagles are on the clock.
#4 Philadelphia Eagles. Needs - G, WLB, CB. The Andy Reid era is over and the Chip Kelly era has begun. There are playmakers on this roster, but coming off a disappointing 4-12 campaign that saw the Eagles lose 11 of their final 12 games, there are sure to be more changes in store. Does Vick stay, do they turn to Foles, or does the new regime draft their own guy to be the new QB? While the Eagles O-line was a mess in 2012, much of the blame has to go to the fact that both starting Tackles were lost to injury, as well as their Center. A return to health may be all this veteran O-line needs to move from an area of weakness to an area of strength. An infusion of youth is needed along the O-line regardless, especially at RG. Despite all the injuries, the Eagles actually finished in the top half of the NFL in both rushing (13th) and passing offense (13th), but finished 29th in scoring at only 17.5 points per game. They were able to move the ball, but couldn't convert that success into points. The main culprit was turnovers, something Michael Vick produced at a League-leading rate, and the 48 sacks suffered by Eagle QBs contributed as well. The D was porous, giving up 27.8 points per game, good for 29th in the NFL. The Eagle's D surrendered just over 126 rushing yards per game, which was 23rd in the League, and tied the Saints and Jets for 25th in sacks with a meager 30 on the year. With the changes at the top in Philly coupled with the poor performances in key areas on both sides of the ball, anything goes at this point. Who do they take at #4?
Picks so far:
#1 Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars - Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU
#3 Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah