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Chip Kelly

The Eagles were active this off-season but still have big needs going into the NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles
2014 draft picks:
1st round (22), 2(54), 3(86), 4(122), 5(162), 7(237)

I thought the Eagles were one of the big surprises in the NFL last season. This was an offensive team in transition, going from an Andy Reid West Coast offense to a Chip Kelly fast break spread attack. In addition, there were plenty of holes on the other side of the ball.

Yet, Kelly and new Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles, not Michael Vick, led the Eagles to the playoffs. Philadelphia won ten games, won their division but lost by two points to the Saints in the playoffs.

A healthy Darren Sproles will be an unbelievable addition to this football team. He was a very big free agent pickup this off-season. On the flip side, the Eagles cut ties with wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Team Needs
1. Defensive Back
Philadelphia signed cornerback Nolan Carroll and safeties Chris Maragos and Malcolm Jenkins in free agency. But this has to be their top priority entering the NFL Draft. As things stand now the Eagles only have six picks so I would expect them to spend one at each position. They could get an impact player for their secondary if they go this route with their first selection.

2. Wide Receiver
Jackson isn't the only missing wide receiver from the Eagles roster. Also gone is Jason Avant. Obviously, the Eagles will look to land another playmaker rather early in this draft. This is an incredibly deep position so the Eagles could wait until the second round to find another weapon on the perimeter.

3. Linebacker
Philadelphia needs to boost this position with an inside force and an outside pass rusher. The Eagles have to get better at getting after the quarterback.

Acquisitions
Mark Sanchez (QB)
Darren Sproles (RB)
Nolan Carroll (CB)
Chris Maragos (S)
Malcolm Jenkins (S)

No Longer with the Team
Mike Vick (QB)
Jason Avant (WR)
DeSean Jackson (WR)
Clifton Geathers (DL)
Bryan Braman (OLB)
Patrick Chung (S)
Kurt Coleman (S)

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