Michael Saenz

Players The Eagles Should Trade Up For In The Draft

Created on May. 06, 2014 10:07 AM EST

In the 2013 NFL Draft there were 26 total trades, and five in the first round. Expect more of the same when the 2014 NFL Draft begins on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles could very well find themselves working the phones early. With a selection not until the 22nd pick, it’s very possible that Eagles GM Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly may have to trade up in order to get a player that they really want. I mean, sure, there will be value at 22, but with the myriad of holes on the Eagles preliminary 2014 roster, they may want to trade up to snag a “slam dunk” filler rather than potential.

Whether Roseman does in fact decide to trade up or not remains to be seen. However, here are a few players that the Eagles should at least think about trading up for, if nothing else.

HaHa Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama

There’s no question that Clinton-Dix will be the first safety off the board come Thursday. He’s your prototypical safety fix. He’ll start from day one, and contribute from day one. He has size, coverage skills and speed that many of the best safeties in the NFL possess. With that said, the Eagle are probably going to have to trade up a significant amount in order to be able to sniff at a shot at drafting him. However, if they want a quick fix to their safety issues, Clinton-Dix is the way to go. It may cost them now, but in the end it should pay off.

Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA

Last season, only one Eagles player finished the season in the top 50 in quarterback hurries (Fletcher Cox). Overall, Philly was 20th in the league in total sacks (37). It’s no question that the secondary suffered due to the lack of a pass rush, and more is always good. That’s why, if Anthony Barr begins to drop into the teens, the Eagles shouldn’t waste any time in trading a few picks up in order to snag the UCLA pass rusher. Barr’s addition would help both the defensive line and secondary issues. It’s a win-win.

Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

If there’s one player whose been shooting up the NFL mock draft boards, it’s been Kyle Fuller. Some have even dubbed him as a potential top-10 pick. The six-foot defensive back is definitely one of the purest secondary prospects in this year’s draft pool. He can cover, tackle and help stack the box. There’s still a chance that Fuller will drop into the Eagles laps at 22, but Roseman is more than likely going to have to make a move in order to snag the former Hokie. 

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