With the 2009 season in the rear view mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to fixing the Eagles problems. Some of them will be addressed in free agency, but as is the case with every other offseason, the main focus should and will be on the upcoming April draft.
With that in mind, I found this recent article most intriguing. I got to see the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in person a few times over the last two years. All three of the players mentioned in the article really caught my eye. It just so happens that each plays a position of need for our beloved Birds.
Derrick Morgan (LDE) – By all accounts, this cat will be gone long before the Eagles select at 24. The ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year is a stud pass rushing end who has good enough size to defend the run. I watched him dominate Clemson in a game. Like Trent Cole, he plays fast. Unless they trade up, it seems highly unlikely he’ll end up in midnight green. Then again, nobody thought Maclin would either.
Morgan Burnett (S) – This guy destroys when he hits. He recorded 14 picks in three seasons and was a tackling machine. At 6’1″, 210 pounds, he has the range to be a force. Not sure if he’ll play strong or free in the NFL, but he is a talent. Could go in the first round, but more likely a second or third round pick. In other words, the Eagles could land him easily, if they so choose.
Jonathan Dwyer (RB) – You need a power running back? Dwyer fits the bill. He’s 6’0″, 235 pounds of strength and speed. He racked over 2700 yards and 26 touchdowns the last two seasons while splitting carries with two other backs. Incredible. Dwyer is projected to be a late first rounder or early second rounder. Since the Birds nabbed Shady last year in the second, I doubt they would consider another runner so high, but they do need to add depth at the position.