I haven’t seen the Vegas odds, but I’m fairly certain that the Eagles aren’t the front runner to win the Super Bowl in 2011 as it stands right now. We all knew this team had holes in it, and the Cowboys took the liberty of showing us that for two consecutive weeks last season. The question is where do the Eagles need the most help?
To begin to narrow it down, I think it’s safe to say the Eagles need more help defensively than offensively. That being said, they could easily go defensive end, linebacker, or safety with their first overall selection in this year’s draft. We saw how bad they could have used a dominate linebacker to help slow down the run the last two weeks against the Cowboys. Throughout the season we saw a lack of production across from Trent Cole and watched as three guys unsuccessfully tried to fill the shoes of Brian Dawkins.
There have been some attempts to help fill these holes in free agency, but they were all questionable. First the Eagles brought in Marlin Jackson, a young talented player who has struggled with knee injuries. The first problem here is obviously the injury concerns. Then you have to look at the fact that the majority of his NFL experience has come at cornerback, but the Eagles will ask him to play safety.
The Eagles have lost defensive ends Chris Clemons, Darren Howard, and Jason Babin while adding Darryl Tapp. Tapp is another young player but has not proved a whole lot in his NFL career. With all the trimming going on at the defensive end position, it seems like the Eagles may go that route with their first round pick. There are some definite talents at that position in this year’s draft, but it’s going to be a matter of who is on the board when the Eagles draft and if they are high on any of those players.
Although I’d love to see the Eagles go after Texas safety Earl Thomas, I think finding a productive defensive end is a higher priority at this point.
Where do you think the Eagles biggest hole is?