Philadelphia Eagles' Biggest Needs in Free Agency and NFL Draft

Max Staley
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The Philadelphia Eagles are arguably one of the most talented teams in the NFL. Philadelphia has a dynamic skill-position group, a deep pass-rushing unit, and a reliable offensive line. Most teams would kill for one group that good, and yet, Philadelphia has three.

However, Carson Wentz underwhelmed in his return to action last season. If he's still not right, it's tough to envision the Eagles going much further than they did last year, even with a roster this loaded. So let's take a look at the Eagles' biggest needs in free agency and the NFL Draft this offseason.

Howie Roseman has done an incredible job building this roster, and the Eagles don't have many pressing needs. But after seeing how much Wentz struggled following his ACL injury, the Eagles' number one priority should be to protect their star quarterback.

Jason Peters is likely going to end up in Canton, but he's now 37 years old and Philadelphia would be wise to look for his replacement in the NFL Draft. Thankfully, Peters is still serviceable, so the Eagles don't need his replacement to play right away.

Oklahoma's Cody Ford would be a great selection, as he's versatile enough to play both guard and tackle. If injuries arise, Ford could easily be plugged in on the interior, but Peters could also groom the Oklahoma product to eventually take over at left tackle once he retires.

Outside of the offensive line, Philadelphia doesn't have many needs on offense. But they could use some extra depth on defense, particularly at cornerback. With cornerback being such a valuable position because of the increased emphasis on passing, there aren't many players available in free agency who could make a significant impact.

Philadelphia could take a flier on Kayvon Webster, but he hasn't been the same player since tearing his Achilles a few years ago. He could be a solid fit as a rotational player, though.

Alternatively, Philadelphia could use the No. 25 overall selection on Georgia's DeAndre Baker, Temple's Rock Ya-Sin, or LSU's Greedy Williams. Ya-Sin played the last year of his collegiate career at Temple, so he'd likely be right at home in Philadelphia.

As for the rest of the secondary, Philadelphia would be wise to add some help at the safety position. The Eagles were torched in the passing game last season, surrendering an average of 271.2 passing yards per game, which was No. 30 in the NFL. The Eagles also struggled generating turnovers, as they only forced 1.0 per game, which was No. 27 in the NFL.

Malcolm Jenkins will be 32 years old by the time the season ends, and the other starting safety, Rodney McLeod, missed most of the season with a knee injury. Adding a ball-hawking, athletic safety in the the draft could really help generate turnovers, and prevent big plays. Mississippi State's Jonathan Abram certainly fits the bill, as he's an explosive playmaker who would be a great pick near the end of the first round.

All in all, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most complete teams in the NFL. If Wentz returns to MVP-form, and Philadelphia rounds out some weaknesses, the Eagles could make another deep run in the postseason come January.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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