Just how good or bad have the Philadelphia Eagles been at drafting linebackers? Let’s settle this once and for all.
Trying something and failing at it is one thing. Making no attempt to try at all is something else altogether. For whatever reason, the Philadelphia Eagles, during the Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman era have failed at so many positions in the draft. What they’ve done at wide receiver has been awful. That’s been well documented.
If there’s any silver lining in that dark cloud it would be this. At least there has been an effort to find weapons for Carson Wentz and the offense. More often than not, they’ve done nothing to improve the second level of the defense.
No one really saw Kamu Grugier-Hill as a legitimate starter, did they? Are we to believe that Jatavis Brown will be an upgrade from Nigel Bradham, who seemingly declined in 2019?
Since Pederson’s arrival in 2016, one that was accompanied by a new defensive coordinator (Jim Schwartz), the Eagles have drafted two linebackers, and one of those prospects was Nathan Gerry, a guy who actually played safety at the collegiate level. Unless the plan is to go into battle with T.J. Edwards as the “Mike” linebacker in 2020, the Eagles would be wise to spend one of those eight draft choices on someone to improve the defense’s second level. The future of this defense may depend on it.
Here’s a quick look back on every linebacker taken over the past decade.