March 26, 2016
Free agency is just about wrapped up, as Howie Roseman stated earlier in the week that the owners meetings in Florida mark the point at which the Eagles shift their focus from free agency to the draft.
While the Eagles could continue to add a player here or there for depth, as they did on Wednesday with the addition of former Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, don't expect any sort of starter-level player to be added at this point.
And so, let's take a preliminary look at the Eagles' depth chart heading into the draft.
|Sam Bradford||Chase Daniel||Rookie||McLeod Bethel-Thompson|
Both the head coach and owner of the team have emphatically said that Sam Bradford is the 1, Chase Daniel is the 2, and they'll be drafting the 3.
|Ryan Mathews||Darren Sproles||Kenjon Barner|
The Eagles are expected to add a running back in the draft, whether that be an immediate starter type (Ezekiel Elliott, for example), or in the mid- to late-rounds for depth. But for now, the order above feels rather clear. There were rumors that Ryan Mathews could be traded, which Roseman stomped out at the owners meetings.
Kevin Monangai and Ross Scheuerman are the other two backs on the roster, and Trey Burton could get a look at fullback.
|Jordan Matthews||Nelson Agholor||Josh Huff||Rueben Randle||Chris Givens|
Doug Pederson said that Jordan Matthews will play more on the outside this season. He is easily the best receiver on the team, and it previously made no sense taking him off the field. In free agency, the Birds added Givens and Randle.
Huff is in an interesting spot. He was of course among the Oregon players brought in by Chip Kelly. While he has shown explosive flashes, overall he has been inconsistent. What does the new regime think of him? For now, we'll leave him at WR3, but I put him there with no conviction. The addition of Randle gives Huff legitimate competition.
The other wide receivers on the roster are Freddie Martino, Jonathan Krause, Seantavius Jones, and Xavier Rush.
|Zach Ertz||Brent Celek||Trey Burton||Chris Pantale|
Ertz's numbers spiked at the end of the season for the second year in a row. He's the better receiving threat while Celek is the better blocker. Trey Burton could play a versatile role as a reserve tight end as well as a fullback.
|Jason Peters||Allen Barbre||Jason Kelce||Brandon Brooks||Lane Johnson|
|Dennis Kelly||Matt Tobin||Josh Andrews||Andrew Gardner||Brett Boyko|
|Tanner Hawkinson||Barrett Jones||Malcolm Bunche|
Four of the Eagles' OL starters are obvious. For now, we'll slot Barbre's name in with dry erase marker at LG. Obviously, the Eagles badly need depth at OT and a capable starter at LG.
|Connor Barwin||Fletcher Cox||Bennie Logan||Brandon Graham|
|Marcus Smith II||Taylor Hart||Beau Allen||Vinny Curry|
|Bryan Braman||Travis Raciti||Travis Long|
Most have Vinny Curry slated as a starter, but the value that he brings is as an inside-outside pass rusher. He'll get plenty of snaps in a 4-3, unlike the last three seasons, but I believe he'll be used as a piece the Eagles move around along the line. Perhaps it's best to think of him as a defensive line pass rush specialist, as opposed to specifically pinning him down as a defensive end. Therefore, we'll pencil in Barwin and Graham at the starting spots.
|Nigel Bradham||Jordan Hicks||Mychal Kendricks|
|Brandon Hepburn||Deontae Skinner||Najee Goode|
Linebacker is a very underrated need for the Eagles heading into the draft, as they desperately need depth here. After the starters, they have Najee Goode and not much else.
|Eric Rowe||Nolan Carroll||Leodis McKelvin|
|Ron Brooks||Denzel Rice||JaCorey Shepherd|
|Jaylen Watkins||Aaron Grymes||Randall Evans|
The only thing I'm fairly sure of here is that Rowe will be one starter. The rest of the above is a lot of guesswork.
|Malcolm Jenkins||Rodney McLeod|
|Chris Maragos||Ed Reynolds|
Jenkins and McLeod are the obvious starters here. Reynolds is thought to be a Howie guy, so his future with the Eagles may be safe.
|Cody Parkey||Donnie Jones||Jon Dorenbos|
There will actually be a kicker competition to watch in camp this year, as Cody Parkey will battle it out with Caleb Sturgis.