Pro Football Focus is running their annual offseason series where they project every team's depth chart for the upcoming season. Here's how PFF views the current Philadelphia Eagles roster, in chart form:
PFF's breakdown results in the following totals: 2 elite players, 6 high quality players, 9 good players, 8 average players, 15 below average players, 0 poor players, 25 players with not enough information, 6 rookies, and 15 undrafted rookie free agents. Here's how that compares to last year's edition.
The ordering on the charts is mostly accurate, but there are a few things I would change based on what I've watched during recent OTA practices. For example, Riley Cooper and Josh Huff have been the outside wide receivers with Jordan Matthews in the slot. Mychal Kendricks has been working next to Kiko Alonso with the first team defense.
PFF also gave their analysis on the Eagles. One of the more interesting things they had to say was about Philadelphia's offensive line:
"The offensive line in Philadelphia is a dream scenario for new Eagles running back DeMarco Murray. He walks into a situation where his offensive line is as good as, if not better than, it was in Dallas. The left side of the line is where they are strongest, with both Jason Peters and Evan Mathis consistently among the best at their position. Consider this about Mathis, he missed 7 games in 2014, but still finished the season as our second highest graded offensive guard."
The Eagles offensive line finished with the best grade in PFF's run blocking category last year (Cowboys were second), so it's no surprise to see them bullish on that unit. One problem with their praise, however, is that Mathis is holding out and it's unclear if/when he'll return to the team. He's an elite player in their book and if Philadelphia doesn't have him there are concerns about depth.
Elsewhere, PFF had high praise for the Eagles defensive line. They specifically praised the trio of Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, and Vinny Curry. Like Eagles fans, they also have their questions when it comes to the safety position. Walter Thurmond is seemingly projected to be the starter there but he's never played the position before, so he's a huge question mark.
So what do you think of this projected depth chart? And more importantly, how do you feel about this Eagles roster?