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With free agency starting next week and the draft following that up in late April, the Eagles have some positions that they greatly need to improve on.

Given the Eagles cap situation, they won’t be able to land the big-name free agents, but they can find some cheap alternative options to help out.

The Eagles will need to fill a lot of these needs in the draft, but some needs are more important than others.


Now it is time to rank the positions of need for the Eagles heading into the off-season.


1) Wide Receiver

For now, what seems like a third straight off-season, the Eagles’ number one priority is to get a receiver who the team can build around.  There is a lot of uncertainty in the Eagles wide receiver room right now.  You have Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, and Greg Ward.

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The Eagles need to find a way to upgrade the receiver room this off-season, especially with Hurts now slated to be the starter.  Getting Jalen a reliable weapon on the outside has to be the teams’ number one priority this off-season.  The Eagles cap situation isn’t going to allow them to spend money on one of the big-name guys, but they could certainly find some low-budget options.  Guys like Zach Pascal, Josh Reynolds, and Rashard Higgins could be cheaper options.

To really improve the receiver position, Howie will need to draft one early.  Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle are the premium guys the Eagles could take in the draft. Either way, the Eagles need to upgrade that receiver room.


2) Cornerback

Another area the Eagles need to really upgrade is the secondary.  Besides Darius Slay, the Eagles don’t have much else at the corner position.  The Eagles depth was tested last year due to injuries in the secondary, and it wasn’t pretty.

The Eagles could definitely look to add some corner depth in both free agency and the draft.  Xavier Rhodes seems like a logical fit since his corner coach Jonathon Gannon last year is now the Eagles DC.   In the draft, the Eagles could look at guys early like Caleb Farley, Patrick Surtain, and Asante Samuel.

There are also some options later in the draft like Paulson Abedo, Shaun Wade, and Marco Wilson.  The Eagles need to add depth to the corner position, they can’t go through what they went through last year.


3) Center

The Eagles are set at the center position for this upcoming season with Jason Kelce returning, but they need to acquire a center preferably in the draft.  The Eagles could also look to add a center next season, but drafting a center to learn from and watch Jason Kelce this season would be extremely beneficial.

Isaac Seamulo is a guy who the Eagles could move to the center, but he is actually a pretty good guard.  Someone to keep an eye on heading into the draft is Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma.


4) Linebacker

Once again, the Eagles need to add some linebacker depth via free agency or the draft.  Right now the Eagles have Alex Singleton, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley, and TJ Edwards.  Both Nate Gerry and Duke Riley are slated to be free agents.

Alex Singleton is the only guy on that list who is a quality NFL starter.  All the other guys are very unproven. Some free-agent options are Anthony Walker Jr, Raekwon McMillan, and Jarrad Davis.

In the draft guys like Chazz Surratt, Jabril Cox, Garret Wallow, and Monty Rice are all guys to keep your eyes on heading into the draft.  The Eagles have never really valued linebacker in the draft, so don’t expect one to be picked until maybe round three.


5) Defensive End

Defensive end may not seem like a position of need, but it definitely is.  Brandon Graham is going on the final year of his deal, and the Eagles are going to have to pay Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat soon.

It would be hard to keep both of them giving the Eagles cap situation, but not impossible.  Now I wouldn’t spend a premium pick on a defensive end, but it is definitely a position I would look to add later on in the draft. Jonathon Cooper from Ohio State is a name to keep an eye on, as the Eagles have already interviewed him.

The Eagles could also look to add some ends in free agency on cheap deals.  DeMarcus Walker is a player who stands out.  He is still young and has the ability to play inside and outside.  Maybe the Eagles even decide to bring back Vinny Curry, but I don’t expect it.


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