There are at least five things I'd rather see the Eagles do:
1. Don't draft Smith. The guy may very well become a good pro, but based on what we know right now, he's merely the best option in a mostly underwhelming crop of quarterbacks in this draft. The Birds would be better off waiting until Round 2 and snagging E.J. Manuel from Florida State; he'd be a much better value at No. 35 than Smith would be at No. 4, and most indications are that he'd fit into Chip Kelly's offense as well as, if not better than, Smith.
2. Draft whichever stud offensive tackle is still on the board at No. 4 among Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. Even if the health issues from last season are completely in the past for Philly this year, tackles Jason Peters and Todd Herremans are 31 and 30, respectively, and this would be a great time to set up for the future. Besides, there's always the option of sliding Herremans over to guard to make room for a rookie OT. Howie Roseman and Kelly certainly know there's a need on the O-line -- they brought in Fisher and Johnson last week, and plan to meet with Joeckel this week -- so it would seem to make sense for the Eagles to snag a top-notch tackle when they have the chance.
3. Draft Dee Milliner of Alabama at No. 4 overall. Too high for a cornerback, you say? I disagree. This guy can flat-out play, and the 4.31-second 40 time he showed off at the NFL Combine, paired with his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, has scouts drooling. After the cornerback failures of the past couple of seasons with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles could use an elite-level DB who can produce. Milliner just might be the right guy at the right time.
4. Draft Dion Jordan of Oregon at No. 4 overall. This guy is a versatile beast who joined the Ducks as a wide reciever out of high school, then switched to tight end before landing at defensive tackle, where his athleticism helped him become an outstanding pass-rusher. Jordan projects to play outside linebacker in the NFL. The Eagles, who are expected to switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this season, just signed Connor Barwin, but as CBS Sports' Pete Prisco said last month while predicting Jordan to Philly at No. 4, "you can never have enough pass rushers." Prisco has since changed his pick to Milliner, but Jordan could still be a great pick for the Birds.
5. Trade down. The Eagles could certainly still wind up with an offensive tackle, defensive back and quarterback in this draft while trading out of that fourth pick, and I'd rather see them do that than reach for Smith.
Adam Sparks has followed the Philadelphia Eagles since the 1980s, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2010.
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