Gary Horton does a nice job for Scouts Inc. Of course, you probably wouldn’t know that unless you subscribed to ESPN Insider. And, in many cases, that’s not a wise investment. Unless, of course, you like to pay for material that is usually available for free in other spots.
But I digress.
Horton recently broke down the Eagles’ top priorities as the free agency period looms only a few short weeks away.
1. Middle linebacker: After the experiment with Casey Matthews at middle linebacker went badly, the Eagles looked to 2010 seventh-round pick Jamar Chaney. He had a team-high 92 tackles but was often exposed in the middle of Jim Washburn’s wide-nine defensive line style. They need a middle linebacker who can hold up at the point of attack.
2. Outside linebacker: Both starting outside linebackers (Akeem Jordan and Brian Rolle) are serviceable special-teams players at best. The Eagles need to find some players who can stack and shed blockers in the run game while not being a liability in the pass game. They haven’t drafted an outside linebacker in the first two rounds since 2005.
Horton also noted the Eagles need to build depth along their offensive line. We’ll address that issue in a separate post, but expect many mid to late round draft selections help address that need.