Just some of my thoughts on what I would like to see this offseason. My thoughts on what we need, could do in free agency, and the draft and what our new team might look like. What do you think. give feedback
What the eagles need:
To get stronger and bigger up the middle on defense with upgrades at the linebacker spots. Then we need backups to groom that fit our system for down the line
- A starting MLB: preferably one who will hit people and be physical but also has the instincts and ability to play behind the wide 9.
- A starting Strong Safety: Someone with size who can play the run and tackle, but also athletic enough to not be a liability in pass coverage, Jarret is a backup, he was a great player for temple, but this is not the MAC and he does not have the athletic ability or size to start in the NFL. I hated the pick to begin with. Coleman is a career backup who started by default as he was the best strong safety on this team. He works hard and has had his moments this past year, but it doesn't make him any more than a below-average to average safety who has been playing to the top of his talent level.
- Competition/Upgrade at Sam LBer: The combination of Fokou and Jordan was just not good enough and it's a position we must upgrade.
- Competition/Upgrade at Will LBer: Rolle was our best LBer's but that is not saying much. He works hard and tries but he just does not have the size or physical tools to be an above average starter in the NFL. I feel he is like Coleman in that he played adequate last year but is most likely a career back-up.
- DT: Jenkins was one of our brightest spots on defense this year. Patterson is a solid but not spectacular player. Both are not real young.
- Backup Running Back: In case god forbid McCoy gets hurt, Lewis can't handle the job on his own. A vet makes the most sense here.
- Backup QB: The VY experiment was a joke. Need a guy who can run the offense efficiently without turning it over.
- Return man
- Big WR: who can be effective in Redzone
- Backup Corner Back: Asante is out so we could use a replacement for him and Hanson is not the youngest of corners so it would be smart to try and find a slot corner to groom
- Backup TE: Clay Harbor project is not the answer
- Backup OT: Justice is gone and Dunlap is also most likely gone
- Backup C: JJ is gone and no one else on the roster to back JK up
- Backup OG: Mathis is not very young so it would be smart to groom a replacement
This is what I would do if I had full control of the team.
According to a report from GCobb the eagles have around 23 million in cap space before releasing or trading anyone. With trading Asante Samuel, Winston Justice, and Jamaal Jackson the estimated cap room should be around 37.5 million to resign and sign players.
Antonio Dixon (second round tender - 2 million)
DeSean Jackson (franchise 9.4 million)
Derek Landri 1.5 million/yr
Evan Mathis 4.5 million/yr
Total of around 18 million
Stephen Tulloch MLB -5 to 6 million/yr
David Hawthorne LB - 3 million/yr
Plaxico Burress WR - 2.5 to 3 million/yr
Trent Edwards QB -1 million/yr
Ryan Grant RB -1 million/yr
Total around 14 million
Total of both is around 32 under the 37.5 million plus we have to use.
- Trade Asante Samuel for 3rd rounder in 2012 and conditional 2013 pick
- Trade Jamaal Jackson and Winston Justice for 5th rounder in 2012
- Trade our 2 second round picks to Cleveland for their pick 22 overall, 22 is worth 780 while our two second rounders are worth 830
- Trade two six round picks to move up into fifth round most likely between picks 140 and 150 according to value chart
According to CBS sports, Pro Football Weekly, and a few other projections sites all of these players are expected to go in these rounds or around the time we pick.
Eagles Draft Picks:
1st Round Pick: Michael Brockers DT LSU 6-6 306
Best DT on the board with great size and a lot of upside
1st Round Pick via Clevelands 22: Mark Barron SS Alabama 6-2 218 lbs
Best SS on the board with size and athleticism, who was a leader on possibly one of the best defenses in college football history
3rd Round for Asante Samuel: Brandon Boykin CB Georgia 5-10 180 lbs
Small playmaking corner who could be a good option for slot corner in the future and has return ability
3rd Round Pick: Nigel Bradham LB FSU 6-3 240 lbs
Nice sized Will linebacker who plays with great physicality and has had good production, hard worker
4th Round Pick via the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Michael Egnew TE Missouri 6-6 245 lbs
Great sized athletic TE who could be a playmaker in the pass game
4th Round Pick: Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt 5-11 188 lbs
Very good very underrated corner with some size who held his own in the SEC, could see him start down the line
5th Round Pick for Jamaal Jackson and Winston Justice: Senio Kelemete OG Washington 6-4 306
Good guard prospect who can pull well and has the feet to fit our system well. He could flourish under Mudd and start down the line, good back-up.
5th Round Pick: Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma 5-10 188 lbs
Coming off bad knee injury but was an extremely productive slot receiver and could have value in the return game. Worth a flyer at this point in the draft.
5th Round Pick via two 6th round picks: David Molk C Michigan 6-2 286 lbs
Very good center who gets knocked for his size but would fit in great here under Mudd. Has a ton of talent and if he was bigger could be the second center taken but should fall to here based on size.
6th Round Pick via the Denver Broncos : Markus Zusevics OT Iowa 6-5 300lbs
Overshadowed by Riley Reiff but a underrated Tackle. Has good feet and quite athletic. The knock on him is size but with the system Mudd runs he should be a great fit.
UDFA: Case Keenum QB Houston
I don't know if he gets drafted or not but if he doesn't its worth taking a look at based on what Andy did with Kolb
I've seen Brockers go from anywhere in the top ten to the end of the first round so its possible he falls to us at 15
As for Mark Barron I've seen him go as early as 14 to Dallas or as late as the second round so it's likely he may be there at 22
Team Depth Chart:
QB: Michael Vick, Trent Edwards, Mike Kafka, Case Keenum
FB: NA (Stanly Havieli maybe)
TE: Brent Celek, Michael Egnew, Clay Harbor
RT: Todd Herremans, Markus Zusevics
C: Jason Kelce, David Molk
LG: Evan Mathis, Senio Kelemete
LDT: Cullen Jenkins, Derik Landry
RDT: Michael Brockers, Mike Patterson, Antonio Dixon
WLB: Nigel Bradham, Brain Rolle (Compitition)
SLB: David Hawthorne, Keenan Clayton
SS: Mark Barron, Kurt Coleman, Jaiquan Jarrett
FS: Nate Allen,
Special Teams: 3
P: Chas Henry
K: Alex Henery
LS: Jon Dorenbos
You still have to cut around five players off this depth chart and it doesn't include all the players on the roster right now but this is just a rough idea on what I hope it might look like
Let me know what you think, likes and dislikes, and what's possible or fantasy. I tried to stay semi realistic in the sense that I used the trade value charts and look up what people were expecting to be paid as free agents, not to say that those free agents would come here or the players would definitely fall to us in these rounds