There's no more interesting head coach in the NFL at the moment than Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles. While league observers debate the type of offense he'll bring to the pro game, Kelly has also transitioned the Eagles to a 3-4 defense under the watch of defensive coordinator Bill Davis. In order to make that transition, reinforcements are needed.
|35. Philadelphia Eagles||Sylvester Williams, North Carolina||DT||6'3"||313||SR|
Jason Brewer: "As the Eagles make the switch to a 3-4 this offseason, they’ve clearly had a focus on adding players that would be a scheme fit. Connor Barwin from the Texans should slide in at OLB, and Isaac Sopoaga will man the NT position next season. Guys like Brandon Graham and Trent Cole should fit as pass rushers on the outside. Fletcher Cox, who was a standout last season, seems well built to play DE in a 3-4, but that all leaves one big hole: who is the third man up front?
"The Eagles released Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, two decent candidates for that role, so clearly they’ll need to bring in someone for that spot and Sylvester Williams should fit well. At his size he can jump between NT and DE up front. As evidenced by his 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season, he should provide a penetrating presence at either spot."
Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:
No one is quite certain exactly what type of 3-4 system Chip Kelly is going to run in Philadelphia. The only known is that he prefers size in the front seven. That was evident in the release of Patterson and the signing of the powerhouse 330-pounds Sopoaga. Other than Cox next to him, the Eagles have little. That includes Cedric Thornton, second-year man Vinny Curry and free agent signing Clifton Geathers. An upgrade at the position would be smart. Although there are bigger players, Williams fits the size requirement. He’s a good playmaker and this is about the right value for him. A 3-4 end may not be a flashy pick, but Williams can help set the tone up front and free the linebackers up to rush the passer.
That's a wrap for the week. We'll be back at it Monday morning at 9AM, when the Detroit Lions and Pride of Detroit will be making their second-round pick.
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