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Philadelphia Eagles Post-NFL Draft Depth Chart: Offense (2016)

Let's take a look at the Eagles projected depth chart now that the 2016 NFL Draft is over.

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The Philadelphia Eagles acquired a total of eight new players from the 2016 NFL Draft. The team also added 16 signings via undrafted free agency. Now let's take a look at what the team's 2016 projected depth chart looks like with respect to these draft additions. We'll start with the offense today before moving on to defense and special teams. (Before we get started, look at how different the roster looks compared to last year at this time.)


1) Sam Bradford

2) Chase Daniel

3) Carson Wentz

4) McLeod Bethel-Thompson

The Eagles have committed to Bradford as their starter. There's only one problem ... he doesn't want to be in Philadelphia. The 28-year-old underachiever requested a trade and skipped two weeks of the Eagles' voluntary offseason workouts. He only came crawling back when he realized a trade wasn't going to happen. Daniel is the team's primary backup. He obviously has familiarity with Doug Pederson's offense from their time spent together in Kansas City. Wentz is the team's quarterback of the future. After trading up to No. 2 for him, they're sure hoping he'll be the face of their franchise for years to come. As a rookie, though, Wentz might not see a lot of playing time. MBT is just a camp arm.

Running Back

1) Ryan Mathews

2) Darren Sproles

3) Kenjon Barner

4) Wendell Smallwood

5) Byron Marshall

6) Cedric O'Neal

Mathews is currently the team's No. 1 running back. There's no question Mathews is talented. He was the team's best running back last season. He rushed for 539 yards (5.0 average) and six touchdowns on 107 attempts. The bad news is that Mathews is very injury-prone and he fumbles too much. It's hard to count on him as the lead back for an entire season. Sproles turns 33 in June. He's coming off one of the least efficient seasons of his career. Barner did some nice things in limited playing time last year but he made some costly mistakes as well. He's drawn some praise from the Eagles this offseason. Smallwood should get some carries and can contribute as a pass catcher. It remains to be seen if he's a full time player. Marshall has big play ability and can also play wide receiver. His versatility could help him stick on the final roster. O'Neal could compete for a practice squad role.

Wide Receiver

1) Jordan Matthews

2) Nelson Agholor

3) Josh Huff

4) Rueben Randle

5) Chris Givens

6) T.J. Graham

7) Jonathan Krause

8) Cayleb Jones

9) Hunter Sharp

10) Marcus Johnson

11) Paul Turner

12) Xavier Rush

The Eagles are expected to use Matthews more on the outside this season as opposed to just having him play in the slot. In any case, he's the Eagles' best receiver right now, which isn't necessarily saying much. Agholor is coming off a highly disappointing rookie season. The 2015 first round pick has a lot of ground to make up. Huff has flashed some big play ability but he's had more lows than highs. He hasn't proven to be a reliable target on a regular basis. Giants fans believe Randle underachieved in his time with New York. The 25-year-old pass catcher signed with Philly on a one-year "prove it" deal. Signing Randle was a low risk, high reward move for the Birds. Givens and Graham are both speedy guys who can provide the offense with a deep ball element. They'll both be competing for a spot on the roster. Jones, Sharp, Johnson, Turner, and Rush are the UDFA guys who are long shots to make the team. One or two of them might stick on the practice squad.

Tight End

1) Zach Ertz

2) Brent Celek

3) Trey Burton

4) Chris Pantale

5) Dillon Gordon

Ertz signed a five-year contract extension earlier this offseason worth up to $42.5 million. He played more snaps than Celek last season and that trend will continue moving forward. Ertz finished the 2015 season with 35 receptions, 450 yards (12.9 average), and one touchdown in his final four games. He also showed big improvement as a blocker. Celek isn't much of a receiving threat anymore and he struggled in 2015 as a blocker but the Eagles signed him to an extension so they're hoping he can rebound. Burton is a very good special teams contributor. He deserves some more looks on offense. Pantale was on the practice squad last season. Gordon is an interesting addition for the Eagles because he's HUGE for a tight end (6-4, 322). The Birds must like his blocking ability.



The Eagles originally signed former defensive tackle Ryan Mueller to be their fullback but they recently cut him. It's possible Burton will get a look at fullback. Or maybe the Eagles will sign someone else?

Offensive Tackle

1) Jason Peters

2) Lane Johnson

3) Matt Tobin

4) Dennis Kelly

5) Halapoulivaati Vaitai

6) Brett Boyko

Peters might be playing his last season with the Eagles. He turned 34 in January and reportedly has a degenerative injury condition. The Eagles might take it easy on Peters this year by having him practice less than Chip Kelly did. If healthy, Peters is still a very good left tackle to have. Johnson played through the 2015 season with multiple injuries but didn't miss a single game. His efforts were rewarded with a long-term contract extension. Johnson will be the team's left tackle when Peters is gone. Tobin struggled when forced into the lineup as a starting guard. I think he's better at tackle than guard. Kelly isn't an ideal starter by any means but at least he's an experienced backup. Vaitai is potentially the Eagles' starting right tackle of the future. He'll likely only be a backup for now, though. Boyko spent the 2015 season on Philadelphia's practice squad.

Offensive Guard

1) Brandon Brooks

2) Allen Barbre

3) Andrew Gardner

4) Isaac Seumalo

5) Josh Andrews

6) Malcolm Bunche

7) Barrett Jones

8) Darrell Greene

The Eagles gave Brooks a big contract in free agency. Since then he's already become a fan favorite for adapting to Philly so quickly. Brooks will start at right guard. It remains to be seen who will start at left guard. Barbre is currently the favorite since he started there last year and the Eagles retained offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who really likes Barbre a lot. There will be a competition for his job, however, and Seumalo could be in the mix. So could Gardner, Andrews, and Bunche. Bunche is the interesting low key name to watch because some Eagles reporters thought he could sneak onto the roster last season. Instead he ended up on the practice squad. Greene received the largest amount of guaranteed money of any undrafted free agent signing in the NFL this year. He could be in the mix for a roster spot.


1) Jason Kelce

2) Stefen Wisniewski

3) Bruce Johnson

Kelce is obviously the starter at center. He's coming off a down year where he played through injury all year. Kelce needs to be much better this season. Wisniewski might also compete for the starting job at left guard. If not, he's a great backup center to have behind Kelce because he's started 77 games in his NFL career. The Eagles have said they plan to use Seumalo, who played center in college, at guard. Still, it's worth nothing he can be a backup at this position.

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