The Eagles can't afford to ignore the linebacker and safety positions anymore.
We've known about the Eagles' business model for a while. Find the franchise quarterback. Draft guys to protect him. Find skill players to make his job easier.
Build from the trenches. That's been the theory since Andy Reid paced the sideline. Find guys to pressure the opposing team's quarterback. At times, that leads to an issue.
Philly treats linebackers and secondary players like afterthoughts. They haven't drafted a secondary star in the first round of any draft since 2002 (Lito Sheppard). They haven't drafted a linebacker in Round 1 since 1979.
It may be time to invest early draft capital in a linebacker or safety. This defense has suffered due to negligence. That has to end. We'll see more shootouts moving forward if it doesn't.
Philly can't walk into 2024 minus a backup plan for their Georgia Bulldogs stars.
Nakobe Dean will again be asked to call the defensive signals. Nolan Smith will be asked to take a step forward. The same will be asked of Jordan Davis. Who knows if D'Andre Swift will be back or if Kelee Ringo will excel moving forward?
Philly put a lot of faith in their Dawgs. Those guys have to work out, but Philly should prepare for any scenarios in which they don't succeed.
Depth is needed at running back, defensive tackle, cornerback, and linebacker. The good news is we think these guys will be fine.