Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/11/13
For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles have failed to reach an above .500 record, and for the second year in a row, they seem to have found themselves in the top 10 of the NFL Draft.The Eagles need a serious amount of help on both sides of the ball, and you can bet they are hinging their future on whoever it is they select with the No.4 pick.Season SummaryThe Eagles 2012 season can be summed up in one word: Disappointment.They failed to not only reach their stagnant 2011 record of 8-8, but they also drooped all the way to the bottom of the NFC East, something no one expected.When talking about the Eagles season, it's like a bad news/worst news type scenario. Michael Vick had his worst season to date, and the offense line took a massive step back. That was just the bad news.The worst news, was surely the lowly defense that couldn't stop their own train-wreck much-less the likes of Drew Brees and RG3. The Eagles finished the season with a decade worst 4-12.Cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and DRC are all but gone, Cullen Jenkins has joined the Giants, and a defensive overhaul is all but imminent in Philadelphia.Positions Of Need:CB,S,DT,LB,OTFirst Round Targets:Cornerback: Dee Milliner, ALA. Perfect fit for team, highly projected to go to either Eagles(4), Lions(5), or Browns(6). Safety: Kenny Vaccaro, TEX. Another good fit in Philly, but no way he goes No.4. Only way he goes to the Eagles is by a draft trade. Defensive Tackle: Sharrif Floyd, FLA. Could go as high as No.1, and is a likely selection by the Eagles after releasing veteran DT Cullen Jenkins.Linebacker: Dion Jordan, ORE.This pick makes almost too much sense. Kelly's collegiate all-star defender is searching for an NFL home? Look no further than Philadelphia.Offensive Line: Luke Joeckel,TEX A&M. Eric Fisher  , CEN MICH. Lane Johnson, OKLA. All are fits (and fill a glaring need) but I am still hesitant on the Eagles relying on another young offensive lineman to anchor the their team.Teams To Keep An Eye On:Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid will select one of Chip Kelly's hopefuls, whether it's Luke Joeckel, Dee Milliner or Sharrif Floyd.St. Louis Rams: They have two first round picks this year, so making a trade to the top five is more than possible. They would be expected to take a top lineman or Milliner.Cleveland Browns: They may be two picks ahead of the Eagles, but the Browns badly want to add Milliner to their brute-like defense. A trade with Oakland seems possible-- The duo of Joe Haden and Dee Milliner would surely grow into the greatest cornerback tandem in the NFL.Trade Winds:Like I said in a recent article, the only trade I believe worth giving up a No. 4 pick, is if the St. Louis rams were desperate enough to give away both of their first round draft picks.Recent Draft History:2012: Fletcher Cox, DT (B+)2011: Danny Watkins, OG (D+)2010: Brandon Graham, DE (B-)2009: Jeremy Maclin, WR (B+)And with the No.4 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select:Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama. Follow Me On Twitter: @PJbleedsgreen
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