The Philadelphia Eagles are in definite need of depth at safety. Here’s a final ranking of the top 20 at the position in 2020’s NFL Draft.
Even though Rodney McLeod was unable to finish the 2018-2019 season because of injury, there was one thing that Philadelphia Eagles fans could hang their hat on. While both he and Malcolm Jenkins patrolled the last level of defense in Jim Schwartz’s scheme, the Eagles had one of the best safety tandems in all of pro football. The NFL Draft needed to only serve as an instrument to add depth to their cupboard at the position if need be.
Then again, they’ve only drafted two in the Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman era. Jalen Mills was transformed into a cornerback, and Nathan Gerry was converted to a linebacker. Maybe that’s the reason for the situation that they’re currently in.
If you fast forward to the present, we’re heading into this season’s selection meeting, and depth at the safety position is one of Philly’s most glaring needs. That is if you’re confident in this idea of moving Mills back to the safety position to fill the void left by the man who’s been the Eagles’ unquestioned leader on defense, Malcolm Jenkins.
Mills extension this offseason came a day earlier than McLeod’s on March 24th. It would appear that the starting jobs are filled, but there’s just one issue.
Marcus Epps, Rudy Ford, and the newly acquired Will Parks are on the roster, but it just feels like something is missing depth-wise at the safety position. Might the Eagles consider adding one in 2020’s draft? It isn’t as deep a class as what this draft offers at the wide receiver position, but there are a few nice options. Let’s count down 20 that the “Birds” may want to add to their boards.