The NFL Draft begins next Thursday and the Eagles are evaluating all options to improve the team. Birds 24/7's Sheil Kapadia reports general manager Howie Roseman isn't flipped out by the safeties in this year's draft. Roseman told Kapadia, "In terms of the safety class, I don’t think it’s a good group overall. You’re talking about a drop-off certainly when you get into Saturday."
Roseman's evaluation of the safety class, as jarring as it sounds, isn't inaccurate as the safety class is not considered particularly deep and top-notch safeties are harder to come by nowadays in the NFL. The top two safeties, Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor, are not projected to be top-10 picks but both figure to be off the board before the Eagles select at 22.
One name to keep in mind is Washington State safety Deone Bucannon who stands at 6'1", 211 lbs. He had a visit with the Eagles and met with them while playing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Al. In addition to the visits, Chip Kelly is familiar with Bucannon and his 4.49 speed as he recruited Bucannon out of high school and played against him while Kelly was coaching at Oregon. He could be had in the second round.
We all know Kelly has that Pac-12 bias. Look no further than last year's draft when the Eagles selected Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer - all players who played well against Oregon when Kelly was the head coach of the Ducks.
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