Where Will Philadelphia Eagles Find OLB Talent?: Living On The Edge:

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Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The New Orleans Saints won the game 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Where Will Philadelphia Eagles Find OLB Talent?  Living On The Edge:

Do you get the feeling we’re living on the edge?

The Philadelphia Eagles need to find players who can set the edge, and they have just six draft picks for 2014.  Where will they find outside linebacker (OLB) talent?  With the controversy surrounding the wide receiver position, they will likely spend a third of their picks there. Somewhere in the remaining four picks the Birds must find depth and positional upgrades, and will likely be unable to meet the shopping list once more. So I’m hoping to help the Eagles out by pulling together a nice list of outside linebackers who can give the Birds either better coverage, or compete for the edge rushing position.   Since there are 32 teams in the NFL, most of the obvious choices will NOT be available when the team picks at 22.  In fact, in many mock drafts, unless the Eagles are willing to take a leap of faith that a defensive end can transform into an outside linebacker (as Trent Cole or Brandon Graham have done), they are likly not in a position to acquire a sure thing at the position.  That’s what the NFL draft, and subsequent undrafted free agent signings are:  a game of numbers.   Improving the chance of success by saturating the position with options.  To sign enough outside linebackers, the team will likly be very active in signing players after the NFL draft.   Who may be there for them to sign?  We have a LOT of ground to cover, so let’s get right to it.

But before we do, it’s a good time to see what your thoughts are before you read.  Consider this a “pre-quiz” about the Eagles state at OLB.

Do the Eagles need to emphasize coverage or pass rush in their outside linebacker prospects? (Score 5 for pass rush, 3 for coverage, 10 for both)
Do the Eagles need an immediate impact player, or can they sign some “projects” with a higher upside to start in future years? (score 5 for impact player, 1 for project)
Do the Eagles need to carry more than 4 outside linebackers on the 2014 roster?  (They carried 3 in 2013) (score 5 for more than 4, 3 for 4, 1 for 3 or fewer)

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