The Philadelphia Eagles have some voids on their roster to fill this offseason, mainly on the defensive side of the ball. NFL.com’s Media Analyst Daniel Jeremia thinks the Eagles top roster needs are outside linebacker, safety and cornerback. But according to Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman, positional need will not be as important as overall talent going into this year’s NFL Draft.
I think when you look at your team and you try to look out three to four years, it becomes increasingly difficult to see who’s going to be on your team. I mean, this is such a fluid game. We talk about rosters turning over in a normal offseason 15 to 20 percent, and so to sit there and feel like you’re really confident in what you’re going to have as we go forward, it’s hard. So, you don’t want to force a position and you don’t want to not take a position just because of what you have at the moment and I think, for us, when you look at the difficulty of getting good players in the draft, it becomes increasingly difficult when you narrow it down to a particular position that you have to get, not taking into account the strength of the draft. So when we go back and look at it, not only looking at us but looking at successful teams, you have to take the best player…
Luckily for the Eagles, the “best” player available at their selection in the first round (22nd overall) could also fit an area of need for them, Safety Calvin Pryor, linebacker C.J. Mosely and cornerback Justin Gilbert could all be available at that point in the first round. And all of them would help solidify the Eagles lackluster defense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season.
The Eagles could also look to draft a top offensive lineman or even a top wide receiver, if one happens to fall to them in the draft.