Ranking The Roster

With Eagles news hitting a bit of a lull in the weeks leading up to the draft, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate the roster. I divided the top 50 Eagles (not including specialists) into categories, and ranked them in hopes of getting a better feel for where the strengths of this team are and where depth may be a concern. Mostly, though, this was just a fun exercise to keep thinking about where all the pieces will fit in for the upcoming regular season.

Note: players are not ranked by their value to the team. Instead, they are ranked by how good they are in their respective roles.

Elite players: truly premier players at their respective positions. All-Pro or perennial Pro Bowl talent.

1. LeSean McCoy, RB

2. Jason Peters, LT

3. Evan Mathis, LG

Impact players: not quite on the elite level, but players that opponents must game plan for. Fringe Pro Bowlers.

4. Brandon Graham, OLB

5. DeSean Jackson, WR

Solid starters: don’t really scare opponents, but they aren’t exploited or targeted often, either.

6. Fletcher Cox, DE

7. Jason Kelce, C

8. DeMeco Ryans, ILB

9. Connor Barwin, OLB

10. Todd Herremans, OT/OG

11. Brent Celek, TE

12. Trent Cole, OLB

13. Jeremy Maclin, WR

14. Kenny Phillips, S

Upgrade-able starters: they belong in the starting lineup, but are not difference makers. Given the opportunity, the team could replace them.

15. Michael Vick, QB

16. Mychal Kendricks, ILB

17. Cary Williams, CB

18. Bradley Fletcher, CB

19. James Casey, TE

20. Isaac Sopoaga, NT

21. Brandon Boykin, CB

22. Patrick Chung, S

23. Jason Avant, WR

Fringe starter/backup: solid backups who can hold their own in the starting lineup if pressed into duty. Not ideal week 1 starters.

24. Cedric Thornton, DE

25. Bryce Brown, RB

26. Nick Foles, QB

27. Danny Watkins, OG

28. Nate Allen, S

Backup with upside: not ready to be a starter, but flashes enough promise to be counted on to contribute down the road.

29. Dennis Kelly, OT

30. Jamar Chaney, ILB

31. Damaris Johnson, WR

32. Arrelious Benn, WR

33. Antonio Dixon, NT

34. Vinny Curry, DE

35. Jason Phillips, ILB

Career backup: mostly core special teams players. Not talented enough to be NFL starters.

36. Colt Anderson, S

37. Dallas Reynolds, C

38. Riley Cooper, WR

39. Brandon Hughes, CB

40. Clay Harbor, TE

41. Kurt Coleman, S

42. Curtis Marsh, CB

43. Dion Lewis, RB

44. Phillip Hunt, DE

45. Casey Matthews, ILB

46. Chris Polk, RB

47. Dennis Dixon, QB

48. Clifton Geathers, DE

49. Matt Tennant, C

50. Allen Barbre, OG

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