3. Defensive Line
Defensive end or defensive tackle here would work. This might be the third-most important need on our list, but don’t be shocked if it’s the first on the Eagles’. Howie Roseman made it clear a couple of weeks ago that they like to build in the trenches before filling other needs. Defensive line depth is essential, primarily because the Eagles utilize such a heavy rotation on game day.
This season, the Eagles look good up front, even with the loss of Michael Bennett, and Timmy Jernigan. They replaced Bennett with Vinny Curry while they anticipate getting Derek Barnett back. Then, they replaced Jernigan with a Pro Bowl caliber defensive tackle in Malik Jackson. So the Eagles are all set, right? Well, not so fast. Curry is here for a year; then he hits the market again. Josh Sweat would then move up, but his production and durability is a huge concern.
On the other side, the Eagles have a 30-year-old Brandon Graham for three more years, but behind him is Chris Long, who could retire any day now. And if he does decide to stay on the team this year, he’s most definitely going to hang it up after 2019. Seeing how important the defensive line is for the Eagles’ defense makes it very clear that they should never stop building. Load it up.