Ranking every Philadelphia Eagles defensive unit ahead of training camp

Avonte Maddox #29, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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2. player. 54. . . . Cornerback

There’s a lot to be excited about with the Philadelphia Eagles’ cornerback and linebacker room.

We all know how good Darius Slay is. Avonte Maddox showed us a ton at slot corner last season. He’s seemingly found a home there as he was one of several young Birds that have appeared to flourish under Jonathan Gannon.

The questions all offseason (and seemingly every offseason) were about who’d take up residency as the other starting outside cornerback, and Philly hit a home run there, landing James Bradberry for next to nothing.

Bradberry is only signed through the coming season, so next year we could be asking questions about what the Eagles plan to do at the cornerback position again. Still, until that happens, these are three talented starters. The only questions are about depth.

Philadelphia has 13 cornerbacks on the 90-man training camp roster. Unfortunately, despite all of the bodies, we’re a long way from answering the depth questions.

. . . Defensive tackle. 1. player. 54

Fletcher Cox may not be what he once was. Still, when you can state that you can use him in a limited role and avoid relying on him too much, you have to like your favorite team’s chances.

Sharing snaps with Fletch at defensive tackle is Javon Hargrave, who’s coming off of a Pro Bowl season, second-year man Milton Williams, and the rookie, Jordan Davis.

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It’s hard to imagine that Davis, a man possessing a six-foot-six and 340-pound frame, can still be athletic enough to run the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds. Three words come to mind, ‘freak of nature’.

If Philly’s goal was to build a talented defense by beginning with constructing one of the NFL’s best rotations of interior defensive linemen, then, they’ve succeeded. Again, the excuses are over for Jonathan Gannon.