7. Jordan Hicks, LB
Jordan Hicks is the type of player who is really good, but his body just won’t allow him to stay healthy no matter what. He played in eight games during his rookie season. Sixteen games the following year. Had a season-ending injury during the Super Bowl run, after showing up in seven games. And only managed to play in 12 games last season. What’s crazy is that Hicks ended 2018 with a career-high of 91 tackles, but most people probably didn’t notice that.
There were times where Hicks was solid last season. But there were also times where he seemed non-existent. And with his absence, guys like Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill looked like they were gelling. Similar to how Bradham and Mychal Kendricks did in 2017. Hicks is good, but the Eagles seem to be just fine without him. It may be time to draft his replacement.
8. Ronald Darby, CB
Ronald Darby is another guy who is only as good as his body allows him to be. After trading for Darby in 2017, the Eagles were expecting to get a solid two years from a true No. 1 cornerback. Unfortunately, Darby dislocated his ankle in 2017, and tore his ACL in 2018. He may be young, but Darby’s injury history is not looking so great after these last two years.
Not to mention, Darby was quite inconsistent in 2018. After gaining a full offseason with the Eagles following the Super Bowl run, there were some high-hopes for Darby. At times, he looked like a lockdown cornerback. But there were other times where we saw the same guy that bites on every double move and struggles to make tackles. Darby is rumored to be one of, if not, the top cornerback available in Free Agency. He will get paid the big bucks, but it won’t be in Philly.