Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) as the 12th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
ESPN's Mel Kiper has been reviewing the offseasons and looking at the remaining needs of each team. This week, he did the NFC East.
As we learned after the draft, Kiper was a big fan of what the Eagles did.
This offseason was all about the draft, for me, so I'll quote myself from after the draft, from the 2012 grades file: "[This was] one of the best drafts in terms of lining up needs and getting guys at spots where I didn't think they'd still be around.
He also expects that the additions to the LB corps will help the Eagles' D make a "big leap" this season.
Bottom line, the Eagles in 2011 were like an NBA team without a center. They were soft up the middle and in the linebacking corps -- with some of the blame going to the "Wide 9" scheme -- but they addressed it in the draft, and also with veteran help. DeMeco Ryans comes over to play middle linebacker, while Kendricks handles the strongside spot.
He also has given each team a pick for next season. For the Eagles, he's offering up yet another defensive tackle.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
A big, agile body who can't be stopped with a single blocker. He can pair with Cox to make the interior of the defense even more dynamic.