There are a plethora of moving parts with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles’ roster as we enter this off-season. The re-signing and free agency periods still need to take place, but as we transition into the NFL Draft work there are obvious areas that the Eagles could attack to improve their roster.
Me and Benjamin Solak power ranked what we thought were the biggest areas of need for the Eagles entering the draft. Of course a few of the main positions are as folllows:
It’s unclear if Jason Peters will retire and what the Eagles will do with his $10,666,668 cap hit if he doesn’t. Regardless, they should be looking for the tackle of the future. The long awaited development of Halapoulivaati Vaitai has not materialized. In fact, I would argue that he has regressed and is very clearly struggling with confidence issues.
The Eagles may not view it as big of a need as I do with developmental guys on the roster, but I’m not confident those guys will step up in time to protect Carson Wentz in 2019.
Thanks to Michael Bennett’s versatility, you could argue for inside or outside help. The idea of getting a big bodied space eater with just enough pass rush juice to take attention off of Fletcher Cox is enticing. A lot depends on how the organization feels about Timmy Jernigan’s long term prospects and Chris Long’s decision to play in 2019. There’s also a high probability that Brandon Graham walks once he finds greener pastures in the free agency market.
The lack of a quality third safety bit the Eagles hard this year after Rodney McLeod went down for the season. Avonte Maddox’s versatility helped, but getting significant snaps from Corey Graham and Tre Sullivan was not ideal. Even Rasul Douglas had a stint at safety.
With McLeod returning from injury and a contract you can move on from last year and Malcolm Jenkins getting longer in the tooth, the Eagles need to attack this area of their backfield.
We rank these positions along with the interior offensive line and running back on The Kist & Solak Show #71. You can listen on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. FLY EAGLES FLY!
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