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Five Prospects the Eagles Can’t Pass Up With the 14th Pick

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The other day, I wrote an article on five prospects the Eagles should pass on at 14. Great stuff.

So I decided to write an article that is the opposite. There are several prospects the Eagles CAN’T pass up at the 14th overall selection, but here are five players that, if available, must be picked:

OJ Howard – TE – Alabama

Howard is the draft’s best tight end in a loaded class. He’s drawn comparisons to Vernon Davis and even Rob Gronkowski. He doesn’t have flashy stats, but he played on a team that loves to pound the football. While the Eagles already have Zach Ertz, Howard would give the Eagles possibly the best tight-end duo in the NFL since Gronkowski and the now-deceased Aaron Hernandez.

Derek Barnett – DE – Tennessee

I have professed my love for Derek Barnett before, but if he somehow makes it to the 14th pick, it would be crazy to pass on him. Barnett is the most NFL-ready pass-rusher, and is a lot like former Giants All-Pro Justin Tuck. A defensive line with Barnett, Jernigan, Cox, and Graham would be a massive improvement over last year’s team.

Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan

If Corey Davis didn’t injure his ankle training for the Combine, he would be a Top 8 draft pick. Heck, if he didn’t play at FBS Western Michigan, he could be a lock for the Top 5. Davis’ game is reminiscent of Terrell Owens: he flat out dominates opposing corners and double-teams. Even though the Eagles loaded up on wide receiver this winter, all of them are on one-year deals and Davis could at least be an insurance policy.

Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford

McCaffrey has all of the intangibles coaches want: he loves the sport, he was highly-successful, and he’s versatile. Despite concerns over whether he’s an every-down back, he’s an ideal fit in Doug Pederson’s offense because he’s so similar to former All-Pro and Chief Jamaal Charles. Remember, guys like Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood looked good at times. It’s interesting to see what McCaffrey could do.

Kevin King CB Washington 

With so many of the draft’s top corners getting injured, King’s stock has risen a lot since the Combine. However, that’s not the only reason King has garnered attention. He has the size to handle bigger receivers and loves to play press-man coverage, something Jim Schwartz expects from his cornerbacks (see Gilmore, Stephon).

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