I can not believe we are already here. While I do not think it is a great idea to give up on a team to early, the Philadelphia Eagles, are dangerously close (To me giving up on them). After watching the birds Tie the Cincinnati Bengals, in week 3, it is a bit easy to be here. At the moment, the Eagles sit at 0-2-1, you read that right, and a heck of a schedule in front of them. Starting with a visit to San Francisco, followed by an in-state battle with Pittsburgh, who just so happen to be undefeated. In the NFL things can change in a moment, and honestly, I still hold hope, that this team could turn it around. Seeing how they are technically, only a half-game out of first place in the NFC East. Sad Sad Sad.
Despite the horrendous record, I knew I would be doing a “way too early” series on the NFC East, this week starting with 2017, Super Bowl champs (that seems so far now). With that said, here is a simple mock of players, who could help the eagles, this off-season, and maybe help get them back to the top.
RD 1. CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama
Howie Roseman made the right choice by trading for Pro-Bowler Corner, Darius Slay. While the birds have struggled on all sides of the ball, slay has been a true bright spot. But, it stops here. While the team has been high on 3rd year CB, Avonte Maddox, he is not the answer on the outside. Which leads me to Alabama stud, Patrick Surtain. Playing with great size, 6’2 203 Lb’s, the kid is a legit player. Capable of playing in both man, and zone, Surtain could come in and be a day-1 starter, on this or any roster. This would be a great first step.
RD 2. LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
While the bird’s offense, has had true issues, a lot of it can be blamed on injuries. One thing that needs to truly change with this regime, is they need to find some real stars at the second level. Enter Dylan Moses, A true sideline to sideline stud, Moses is capable of being the game changer the birds have lacked for a while now. He is a true 3 down LB, and would definitely be a real leader, in the middle of this defense. While they have potential pieces in Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor, they are raw, right now the Eagles, lack a truly solid piece. Moses could be that guy.
RD 3. WR T.J. Vasher, Texas Tech
You didn’t think I would get out of the first two days of the draft without setting the birds up with another weapon, did you? The birds took a positive step in drafting Jalen Reagor, in the first round this year. They also spent two other picks on John Hightower and Quez Watkins. While the jury is still out on them, the potential is there. Vasher would give QB Carson Wentz, a true number 1 wide-out. Standing at 6-6, and weighing 215, Vasher has the skill set, to be everything Eagles fans thought Alshon Jefferey, would be, except faster.
RD 5. DE Kwitty Paye, Michigan
The birds are getting a bit long in the tooth on the outside of its defense. Paye would help bring in a real depth to a team in need of a dominant pass rusher. While 4th round pick, Josh Sweat, has truly looked the part, the need for another stand-out, edge rusher, gets bigger and bigger each day. Plus, the last time they drafted a kid from the Wolverines, it worked out. (*cough Brandon Graham)
RD 5. C Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh
Most fans say the Eagles need to find a new left tackle, I personally believe between, former 1st rd. pick Andre Dillard, and rookie Jeff Driscoll, they have the answer. Give it time. With that said, it is literal news every off-season the last few years, that All-Pro Center, Jason Kelce, decides to play. So, we all know how this is going. Adding Morrissey would give the team a real prospect, to take over, for arguably the greatest Eagles, centerpiece ever.
RD 6. RB Spencer Brown, UAB
The Eagles have been in need of a true big back, since Lagerrette Blunt, left. While the birds have a true feature back in Miles Sanders, Big back Spencer Brown, is the real deal. Capable of taking over a game, as both a bruiser and a full-time baller, Brown, could be the big guy that the team has been searching for the last few years, helping Wentz, control the clock, with these true thunder and lighting duo.
RD 7. S Richie Grant, Central Florida
I am extremely high on Rookie Safety, K’Von Wallace, and for some reason the team hasn’t truly gave the kid his shot. But that is coming, and I believe when it does, it’ll be no turning back. But with that said, they need a injection of youth to the backend. Richie Grant, can be a legit helper, and starter in the future. Capable, of being real help in the passing game, the 6-0 200 LB, DB, can also be of help in the run game. He has a quick twitch and is capable of diagnosing a play quickly, and coming down hill. The birds are in need of some real help, in the back end, Grant, could be that guy.