Post 262 – Pro Football – Eagles Heading Into The Draft

Coming off a Super Bowl championship a year ago, the Eagles experienced how tough it is to repeat in a season that had its share of peaks, valleys, and injuries.  There are areas the Eagles need to improve, but compared to the Giants and Jets, they are in good shape.

They will be picking at 25 in the first round, unless they trade up or down and much will depend on who is picked ahead of them and they lose or sign in the free agency period that begins in March.

One spot they should look to improve is left tackle; Jason Peters just turned 37 and may not have much left.  They may also look to improve the interior of their line, with talk of center Jason Kelce retiring and possibly upgrading at left guard.     

While Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Golden Tate are good wide receivers, speed is needed here.  More specifically, a number-1 wide receiver with speed. Tate’s contract is ready to expire and his return is questionable.   

The lack of a number-one running back may be addressed in free agency or the draft, while there is always a chance a quarterback may be selected in the late rounds.     

The defensive side of the ball also has areas they can turn attention to.  

The line could use a good tackle to pair with Fletcher Cox.  The ends have an age issue with Brandon Graham, Chris Long, and Michael Bennett all over 30 and Graham can become a free agent next month.  Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz likes to rotate a lot of players, but a young pass rusher to go with Derek Barnett will be helpful.

Linebacker will depend on whether Jordan Hicks re-signs.  If he returns, the need will not be as great, but he has been getting injured and some depth would be appreciated.  

Injuries hurt the secondary last year, but it enabled others to get playing time.  The return to health will make this a stronger unit and a young player to work in would help at either corner or safety.   

I wouldn’t be surprised at any direction the Eagles chose in the draft.  They have their needs, but not as many pressing ones as teams such as the Giants and Jets.  

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