Texas A&M Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel is projected to be a top five draft choice and a potential target for the Philadelphia Eagles.
With four weeks remaining in the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are mired in the franchise’s first eight game losing streak since 1968 with the only end in sight being the end of the Andy Reid era.
As the losses, 17 in the last 28 games, continue to pile up for a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008 many have turned their attention to the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Eagles certainly have plenty of holes to plug both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Besides, the biggest question remaining to be answered is, who exactly will be making the most crucial draft choices in over a decade for this franchise? Regardless of who is at the switch, it appears that the Eagles will hold a top five selection for the first time since 1999.
If the regular season ended today, this would be the draft order:
1. Kansas City Chiefs – 2-10 (.507 SOS)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – 2-10 (.576 SOS)
3. Oakland Raiders – 3-9 (.493 SOS)
4. Philadelphia Eagles – 3-9 (.500 SOS)
5. Carolina Panthers – 3-9 (.528 SOS)
6. San Diego Chargers – 4-8 (.493 SOS)
7. Cleveland Browns – 4-8 (.521 SOS)
8. Detroit Lions – 4-8 (.535 SOS)
9. Arizona Cardinals – 4-8 (.545 SOS)
10. Tennessee Titans – 4-8 (.556 SOS)
11. Buffalo Bills – 5-7 (.497 SOS)
12. Miami Dolphins – 5-7 (.510 SOS)
13. New Orleans Saints – 5-7 (.517 SOS)
14. New York Jets – 5-7 (.583 SOS)
15. St. Louis Rams – 5-6-1 (.535 SOS)
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6-6 (.451 SOS)
17. Minnesota Vikings – 6-6 (.483 SOS)
18. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) 6-6 (.510 SOS)
19. Dallas Cowboys – 6-6 (.514 SOS)
20. Cincinnati Bengals – 7-5 (.431 SOS)
As this team continues to find new ways to lose week after week and the players seem less interested with each passing game, a 3-13 finish seems likely for the Eagles at this point. Currently slated to choose fourth, the Eagles still have the potential to leapfrog to the top spot.
The Kansas City Chiefs remaining schedule features a road game against the Browns followed by a trip to Oakland to take on the Raiders before returning home to take on the Colts and rounding out the season on the road against a Denver Broncos team that will have long locked up the AFC West crown. It isn’t a stretch to think that a Chiefs team bonded together by the recent tragedy facing that organization could finish with two more wins and a 4-12 record.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville hosts a free-falling Jets team this week before taking to the road against the Dolphins on December 16th followed by a homecoming against the Patriots before finishing up in Tennessee against the Titans. Two more wins for the Jaguars seems like a stretch, but anything is possible for a team that has improved in recent weeks.
Finally, the third team ahead of the Eagles, The Raiders, host the Broncos this week followed by the Chiefs before taking to the road against the hapless Carolina Panthers and listless San Diego Chargers to round out the season.
With four games remaining, the Eagles have as good a chance at securing the top draft choice as any of the teams ahead of them. This much is konwn, though, the Eagles will hold a premium pick with the opportunity to select a game changing playmaker or cornerstone offensive lineman as they look to rebuild the roster in the dawn of the post Andy-Reid era.