Despite heading into the season with what many considered one of the best rosters in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves looking at somewhat of a roster overhaul heading into the offseason.

Wide receiver and cornerback may be considered the cream of the crop in terms of needs, but the team will have to address multiple positions on the rosters in order to prevent the team from missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Philadelphia comes well equipped despite the litany of needs, presenting a dynamic opportunity for Howie Roseman and company.

With up to ten draft selections (depending on the NFL’s announcement of compensatory picks) and $46.9 million in cap space, the Eagles will have a plethora of options as to how they choose to fill the desired need.

The problem here is that since the 2017 season Howie Roseman hasn’t been quite as successful in terms of a roster-building standpoint. In order to get a grasp of what the Eagles will be dealing with heading into the offseason, we take a look at team needs and how they compare in regards to value in both free agency and the 2020 draft class.


Team Needs: WR, CB, LB, S, EDGE


Wide Receiver

If you asked any NFL executive or someone familiar with player personnel “what is the biggest problem with the Philadelphia Eagles offense?” Your answer would surely relate back to the lack of speed on the perimeter. With both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson’s future in question, Carson Wentz is obviously in a dire need of a legit number one target. While names like Emmanuel Sanders or Robby Anderson will catch the eye of fans, Philadelphia would be wise to hold off on throwing money at free agents.

This year’s draft class at the receiver position is as deep as we’ve seen in years, with enough first-round talent to rival to great 2014 class. With burners like Jalen Reagor, Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, or the popular name Henry Ruggs all having a chance to be on the board at 21, adding a dynamic weapon to Wentzarsenal should be priority number one for Philadelphia.

Cornerback

The Eagles are in a bit of an awkward position when it comes to the cornerback group. With both starters scheduled to become free agents, Philadelphia more than likely will feature a new face (or two) on the outside come opening day. Reports have already surfaced about the team having an interest in both Byron Jones and Chris Harris Jr when free agency opens up.

It would be smart for Philadelphia to acquire a starting-caliber cornerback via free agency instead of bringing back Ronald Darby who was seamlessly picked on throughout the course of the season. The Eagles could also choose to “double-dip” at the position with eyes on guys like Trevon Diggs, Kristian Fulton, or Cameron Dantzler. With the aforementioned wide receiver class filled with an enormous amount of talent, Philadelphia could always wait until day two, going in favor of a cornerback in round one.

Linebacker

There are three things in life that are guaranteed…. death, taxes, and the prospect of the Philadelphia Eagles neglecting the linebacker position once again. With the departure of Jordan Hicks last off-season, the Eagles struggled to find consistency from the back end of the front seven. Now with Kamu Grugier-Hill and Nigel Bradham both heading into free agency, the only two linebackers available to serve Philadelphia at this time is Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, leaving a lot left to be desired.

Lucky for the Eagles that the 2020 linebacker class is filled with fluid athletes, that can feature a prominent role almost immediately upon acquisition. Many clamors over Isaiah Simmons, the player built-in a hybrid mold of a Tyrann Mathieu mixed with Bobby Wagner.

The linebackers could certainly make the case for the deepest position available behind the wide receiver, with multiple players expected to be taken within the top 64 selections. However, even with an interesting class at linebacker, that should not stop Philadelphia from being active during free agency. Names like Joe Schobert or De’Vondre Campbell are ones to keep an eye out for the Eagles this off-season.

Safety

Now here is where things get interesting for the Eagles. Rodney McLeod is scheduled to become a free agent and I’m sure we’ve all heard Malcolm Jenkins proclaim he wouldn’t play under the same deal next season. The thing is Howie Roseman hasn’t really made Jenkins a priority in the past and with him stressing the need for the team to get younger, it’s wouldn’t be a surprise if Jenkins didn’t return. However, unlike at the cornerback position, it is highly likely that at least one of the starting safeties return next season, the question being which one.

The problem here is with wide receiver and cornerback obviously being the top priorities, where can safety fit in? Especially with an underwhelming free agency group at the position. If Philadelphia cannot address the position by round three which is far from a guarantee, the big plays frequently given up throughout this season will continue to bug the team. Grant Delpit will be the name you hear frequently at the top of many people’s draft board in regards to the safety position but better fits for the Eagles could be between Ashtyn Davis or Xavier McKinney.

Defensive End

Edge rusher isn’t a significant need for Philadelphia as of now. Although, the production the Eagles received from the defensive end position has to be a bit concerning. Despite being responsible for 25.5 of the teams 43 sacks on the season, the statistics certainly didn’t match the play.

In a season where Derek Barnett continued to be inconsistent, while Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry only collected nine sacks as a whole. Not to mention mid-season acquisition Genard Avery barely saw the field, the Eagles have to make a move here soon.


If they plan on doing so, the draft might not be the place for them. This year’s edge-rushing class is a two-man show between Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa. Sure guys like K’Lavon Chaisson, Yet Gross-Matos, or Julian Okwara might garner attention during the combine, but the film isn’t impressive.
However, there is one person that the Eagles should have a significant interest in should they hit the market.
Yannick Ngakoue, anyone?

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