By Ben Babcock
Offseason Grade: B+
Not too much action here. The Eagles held onto what they had for the most part, their only real loss being running back Legarrette Blount. They’re probably still the top team in the league, but not by much.
On top of losing Blount, they lost tight ends Brent Celek and Trey Burton. This really only kills their depth but they still have Zach Ertz, the 3rd highest receiving tight end in the league last year. Losing Blount is much worse for them because they are left with Jay Ajayi alone. Ajayi is a strong back but doesn’t have the power that Blount has. So their run game is a bit weaker, but they brought in wide receiver Mike Wallace which makes their receiving group deeper. Not a huge signing but there is a lot of value here since they only had to give him $2.5 million for 2018.
A little better on the defensive side, as they solidified what was already a top defense.They re-signed linebacker Nigel Bradham to a 5-year deal. Bradham is a huge part of their defense and definitely one of the leaders of that team. They also signed linebackers Corey Nelson and Paul Worrilow, along with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. Their defensive line was already scary enough but now with Ngata that’s just even more veteran depth. Worrilow is a solid linebacker too, he has just had some injuries recently.
Going into the draft, to be honest, the Eagles don’t need much. It’s really just depth. They could use someone new at tight end after losing Celek and Burton, and maybe another running back to replace Blount. They don’t have any big needs at any position, and it’s really just a matter of who falls to them at no.32. They also don’t have a lot at offensive tackle either so if Kolton Miller or Mike McGlinchey were to fall to them those would be great picks. But I think it’s more realistic to see them take someone like running back Derrius Guice or tight end Hayden Hurst. Or if they don’t go for offense then I’d see them taking another defensive back like Josh Jackson, Mike Hughes, or Jaire Alexander.
They really don’t have any dire needs going into the draft. They are very solid everywhere on the field and are still the top team in the league as of right now. The Eagles are the team to beat right now, but the NFC looks very competitive with the Rams making mad moves and the Vikings bringing in Kirk Cousins. The NFC #1 Seed race this year will be very close. Expect the Eagles to be in it.