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2019 NFL Draft offers the Eagles a chance to solidify their linebacker corps

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Can Philly find their Jordan Hicks replacement?

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The Eagles face questions across their defensive lineup, but linebacker could prove pressing this offseason. Nigel Bradham is one of the top outside linebackers in the league, but the Eagles lack dependable answers at the position beside him. Jordan Hicks has no doubt been a difference maker when he’s been on the field, but his career since he’s been drafted has been plagued by injuries. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nate Gerry have been serviceable on the field, with the former showing a lot of promise going forward. However, that still doesn’t totally assuage worries about the position. Luckily, the 2019 NFL Draft has some intriguing linebacker prospects who could be right in the Eagles range to select early and put a playmaker in the middle of their defense.

  • Devin White, LSU: Devin White is going to be one of those players who draws rare consensus from the whole draft community. The 6’2”, 240 pound linebacker is an absolute defensive quarterback. He is an intelligent, physical player who never had to come off the field. Teams will love him as the prototype of an NFL linebacker.
  • Devin Bush, Michigan: Where White is a prototype, Devin Bush represents the new era of NFL linebackers. The smaller (potentially sub-six foot) linebacker is like a bullet at the position. He has so much speed to outrun traffic and hit ball carriers. He can play the backside of a play incredibly well but does a good job taking on plays directly. Plus his athleticism makes him dangerous on passing downs as either a cover guy or a blitzer.
  • Mack Wilson, Alabama: Another year, another impressive Alabama linebacker. Wilson makes his mark as a pass defending linebacker. He has an stout build at 240 pounds and his big hits will impress.
  • Tre Lamar, Clemson: Clemson’s National Championship run will largely be attributed to outstanding defensive line play and their star quarterback. However, Tre Lamar deserves a lot recognition for his tremendous 2018 season and NFL potential. Not only does Lamar have a great built at 6’3” and over 240 pounds, but he is a fantastic athlete. Lamar’s consistency will come into question, but overall potential will never be in doubt. Lamar could be the biggest riser among linebackers through the combine and pro day circuit.
  • Germaine Pratt, NC State: A former safety, Pratt has the athleticism teams want at the linebacker position. However, Pratt made his mark at NC State in the running game. Pratt has rare physicality and does a great sifting through traffic and planting ball carriers. He has work to do in pass coverage, but his upside gives some hope he can improve there.