The Sporting News along with RealScouts.com has been writing up various lists of their top 20 NFL players at every position. Last week we checked out a number of positions where Eagles ranked amongst the top 20, this week TSN released a few more top 20s where Eagles were featured.
First up is the glamor position on the defense, which is defensive end where Trent Cole ranks #15
15. Trent Cole, Eagles. Cole is extremely athletic, which makes him a perfect fit in the Eagles' zone blitz scheme. He does so many good things within the system against the run and in coverage -- and he has 29 1/2 sacks over the past three seasons.
Not bad for a 5th round pick...
Broderick Bunkley comes in at #18 amongst defensive tackles.
18. Brodrick Bunkley, Eagles. Bunkley is extremely quick off the ball and moves well laterally. Equally disruptive against the run and the pass, he is an improving player who excels in the Eagles' system.
I feel like Mike Patterson has been overlooked here. Not only do I think he was amongst the top 20 DTs last year, I think he was better than Bunkley.
Switching back to offense, new Eagle Leonard Weaver was ranked as the 9th best FB.
9. Leonard Weaver, Eagles. The Eagles' biggest struggles in '08 came in short-yardage situations. Weaver is a power back who can pick up those yards as a runner and be a physical lead blocker for Brian Westbrook, who could use help in deflecting initial contact between the tackles. Weaver, a former tight end, might be the best receiver on this list and regularly makes plays after the catch.
TSN also listed their top 30 outside linebackers which included no Eagles, however most of the list(all but 3 or 4) was dominated by 3-4 OLB pass rushers.