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NFL Draft Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

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Previewing what the Philadelphia Eagles could be targeting in the upcoming NFL Draft

Darren Sproles was Philly's big acquisition in the offseason
Darren Sproles was Philly's big acquisition in the offseason
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Over the next several days, Big Blue View will be taking a look at each of the New York Giants' NFC East opponents and who they could be targeting in the upcoming NFL Draft. First up? The reigning NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Record last year: 10-6, NFC East Champions

How the season ended: The Eagles were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the New Orleans Saints.

Biggest loss: Pro-Bowl wide receiver Desean Jackson was released and signed with the Washington Redskins, creating a hole outside.

Biggest gain: A pair of former Saints made their way to Philly when safety Malcom Jenkins signed as a free agent and the team acquired Darren Sproles via trade.

NFL Draft: There are several areas the Eagles could attack in the upcoming draft, but a safety opposite Jenkins is the No. 1 priority. With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix expected to be off the board by the No. 22 pick, Philly could look to trade up. Despite the pressing need at wide receiver with Jackson gone, NFL Network's Mike Mayock says it will be all defense early, followed by offense later on.

Sleeper selection: Philly struggled rushing the pass rusher last year and expect to address the issue in the draft.  If Anthony Barr begins to slip into the teen selections, it may be enough to entice Philly to trade up and ignore the safety position until later in the draft.