As seen from the last couple years of turbulence, the Eagles obviously need help on both sides of the ball. Our offensive line was attrocious, injured, and inexperienced. Our secondary could not tackle a player to save their lives. And don't even get me started on Michael Vick. There are may places that the Eagles can improve in. Now I don't actually believe that we need to totally rebuild as a team. There are certain areas that we do, don't get me wrong. But we have a core of young, incredibly talented players that can return us to the playoffs as early as (hopefully) next season. This all being said, these are the positions the Eagles need to address in the offseason:
1: Secondary. The Eagles have not had a good secondary since Brian Dawkins patrolled the Secondary and Sheldon Brown was shutting opponents down. I thought that the secondary could be saved when we acquired Asante Samuel, but his talents were wasted away when he was traded for a measly 7th round pick in last year's draft. I still don't understand that trade. He was our best defensive player in my mind, even better than Trent Cole or Nnamdi Asomugha (when everybody still thought he was the best in the game). Speaking about Nnamdi, I think he needs to go. At CB, there are a few FA options. Many good players have expiring contracts, including impressive players like Cary Williams (BAL), Tracy Porter (DEN), and even our old friend Sheldon Brown (CLE). However, noting our recent lack of success and the recent success of all 3 of these teams (yes, Cleveland was somewhat decent this year. Shocker, right?), getting any of these players is unlikely in my eyes. However, the draft has 1 can't-miss prospect by the name of Dee Milliner. If Luke Joeckel does get drafted #1 by Andy Reid and the Cheifs, Milliner is a great option at 4.
2: Offensive Line. Let's face it: the O-line was our biggest weakness, not giving Nick Foles or Michael Vick enough time in the pocket, causing multiple turnovers due to lack of protection, and (maybe worst of all) not providing LeSean McCoy enough time to cut it to the outside or open up a sizable hole. With that being said, only Evan Mathis was able to stay healthy for the entire season, and Jake Scott was decent in his half-year with the Eagles. However, relying on King Dunlap, Demetress Bell, or rookie Dennis Kelly to protect the QB is not an option for next year. Kelce, Peters, and Herremans should be back for next year, but we need a last option. Luke Joeckel is the best prospect in the draft, but KC might draft him #1. Our main need is actually not Tackle but Right Guard. I will go on record to say that I never approved of the Danny Watkins pick, instead wanting a player like Indy's Anthony Costanzo or Chicago's Gabe Carimi (both drafted after Watkins). Jake Scott did show some promise, but he is not a long-term option at 31 years old. Actually, Evan Mathis is also 31 years old, so his years are also numbered. I don't see that many great Guards in free agency. If Joeckel is not there at #4 and Milliner stops being an option, the Eagles might want to trade down out of the top 10 to get Alabama's Chance Warmack, a great prospect at RG.
3: Quarterback. Nick Foles showed promise in his few games started for the Eagles last season despite the horrible O-line and injury-ridden receiving corps. However, he is not at the level where the Eagles can compete right now, and he does not fit the system that Chip Kelly is likely to implement. Michael Vick is a better than average fit, but we all know how that story will play out. E.J. Manuel out of Florida State has shown his interest in the Eagles, is a good fit in the system, and is a nice middle-round prospect. However, he has many facets to his game that are unrefined and is not an immediate option for the starting spot yet. Another option that has been thrown around here is Alex Smith. Disgruntled by the whole Kaepernick situation, Smith wants out and the 49ers very well could oblige. He would fit the new system almost seamlessly, as he is a mobile QB with a good arm.
Now that we have reviewed what the Eagles need, let's go over what they don't.
1: Wide Receiver. The Eagles have one of the best WR corps in the league, believe it or not. Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are both amazing, budding stars that are close to blooming into the superstars we expected them to be after drafting them. Jason Avant is an extremely underrated slot receiver. The rookie Johnson is a young, good, fast receiver that can be good for the Eagles in a year or 2. Lastly, Riley Cooper has shown his potential as a big play receiver that can make some clutch catches. Unless Coach Kelly blows up this corps (which would be a monumental mistake), do NOT talk to me about getting another great receiver in the draft.
2: Defensive Tackle. I can understand the need if we let go of most of our D-line, switch to the 3-4, and take a complete 180 when it comes to defensive strategy. But I think that would be stupid. Our Defensive Ends are pretty good (stop talking about how we need to blow that position up, either. Trent Cole is still amazing, Vinny Curry hasn't even played enough to get an opinion, and Brandon Graham is finally coming on), and our Defensive Tackles have some bright spots. Unless we get rid of Cullen Jenkins would we need another DT to complement Fletcher Cox. However, talking about the Eagles getting a DT at #4 is absurd. We have a solid core of players at that position that we can build around, mainly Cox and Cedric Thornton. There are many more pressing needs than DT that need to be addressed in the draft.