Team Needs: Philadelphia Eagles
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. LB - 4.0
2. WR - 3.0
3. S - 3.0
4. CB - 2.5
5. RB - 2.0
6. OT - 2.0
7. OG - 2.0
8. FB - 1.5
9. OC - 1.5
10. RET - 1.5
Quarterback - Vince Young is probably not going to be back as the backup, with Mike Kafka performing well in spot duty behind Vick. THey might draft another developmental option to groom down the road. NEED: 1.0
Running Back - Ronnie Brown is a free agent and probably won't be back since they tried to trade at mid-season. That will give Dion Lewis the chance to be the top backup behind LeSean McCoy, but it's likely they will look to beef up this spot with someone that is more adept short-yardage runner. NEED: 2.0
Fullback - Owen Schmitt is a capable fullback, but he's a free agent and not a guarantee to be back. This might be addressed if they don't keep him. NEED: 1.5
Wide Receiver - DeSean Jackson is a free agent and expected to be tagged, but that might be for the sole purpose of trading him. If so, then the team will need to find someone to team with Maclin in the starting lineup, likely culminating in them targeting a high draft pick. Steve Smith is also a free agent and a nice stopgap, but not the ideal fit. Jason Avant is just a No. 3 slot receiver. NEED: 3.0
Tight End - Brent Celek's production took a big step up this past year, and Clay Harbor is a capable backup. They could add another developmental backup, but they are fine here. NEED: 1.0
Offensive Tackle - Jason Peters is in the conversation for the league's top left tackle, and Todd Herremans was admirable at right tackle. But they might look at adding a young developmental player that Howard Mudd can mold, especially if King Dunlap isn't re-signed. NEED: 2.0
Offensive Guard - Evan Mathis was solid here, but he's a free agent that could find a decent market for his services. Danny Watkins was inconsistent as a rookie, but they'll continue to develop him. Losign Mathis would open a hole here, which they cannot afford to happen given how much they have invested in protecting Vick. NEED: 2.0
Center - Jason Kelce struggled as a rookie, but they seem committed to keeping him and are expected to cut Jamaal Jackson. They could replace him with a veteran insurance policy. NEED: 1.5
Defensive Tackle - The healthy return of Antonio Dixon should provide a boost to this position, as he'll join Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins as a solid trio. Derek Landri and Trevor Laws are both free agents and solid rotational players. They might add another body in the draft to boost the rotation if they lose one or both. NEED: 1.0
Defensive End - Brandon Graham was a non-factor, but his healthy return along with Babin and Cole should give them a solid trio of edge rushers in their scheme. They are never afraid to add other options, but it's not a need with Darryl Tapp and Phillip Hunt also on the roster. NEED: 1.0
Linebacker - This is a problem area. While Jamar Chaney was a serviceable starter down the stretch, they could definitely use an upgrade here if they can find one. A veteran experienced in the scheme like Stephen Tulloch is probably ideal, but they won't shy away from one of the top inside guys in the draft either. If they did that, then Chaney and Rolle would likely be the two starters on the outside. But this was a problem area all of last year and likely to be a top target for upgrade. NEED: 4.0
Cornerback - Asomugha's play improved once he got comfortable in the scheme. Asante Samuel is expected to be traded, leaving Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the likely other starter. But they will definitely look to bolster their depth here with some developmental draft picks to add to the mix with those two and Joselio Hanson. NEED: 2.5
Safety - Nate Allen was a solid free safety, but Kurt Coleman, Jarrad Page, and Jaiquawn Jarett all left a lot to be desired at the other spot. They will look to upgrade this position. NEED: 3.0
Kicker - Alex Henery had some issues with inconsistency, but was mostly solid for the year and they will continue to build with him for the future. NEED: 0.0
Punter - Chas Henry had a nice rookie season and they'll continue to develop him. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - If they manage to deal Jackson, they will lose a valuable return threat. Chad Hall has flashed some ability here, but it's likely they could target some help here if Jackson is dealt. NEED: 1.5
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