Eagles could mold a contender by adding these NFL stars, NCAA prospects

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Eagles add solid safety and tight end in NFL Draft’s mid-rounds.

You’ve probably watched enough football to have muttered the phrase ‘next man up’  more often than you would have liked, but in doing so, you’ve, no doubt, learned a very important lesson. Teams need those great players in important positions, but the NFL regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. Depth could tell the tale in whether a team goes on a deep playoff run or if they’re bounced from the postseason before it even begins.

Pro football prides itself on parity, and aside from what we see on a year-in and year-out basis in Detroit, more often than not, it’s accomplished. Teams can go from a division’s outhouse to its penthouse after a successful offseason.

Here’s what that means for the Birds. Difference makers must be added, but solid role players can elevate this team as well. Once we reach the mid-rounds of any draft, the selection process can become more of a crapshoot, but if the Birds land a safety in free agency as we’re hoping, they’d be in business if they find a nice rotational piece that can evolve into a starter on the second or third day of the draft.

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Think about Bryan Cook (Cincinnati) and Lewis Cine (Georgia) while you’re having that conversation. Dallas Goedert could use a ‘Robin’ to his ‘Batman’ at the tight end position as well. For that reason, put asterisks by the names of Isaiah Likely (Coastal Carolina), Cade Otton (Washington), Jake Ferguson (Wisconsin), and Grant Calcaterra (SMU) in that conversation.