Thursday Night Football has come and gone, and despite winning, technically sitting on top of the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles, have a ton of needs, this coming offseason. If I could sum up the 2020 season for the birds, as of now, in one word, that would be “Injuries”. One after another, the team’s front office has watched players, fall, to the beats that are on injured reserve. The easy move to help get this figured out for the future would be free agency. But with a cap issue staring the team down, for 2021, the best choice is to build through the draft. That old saying has been a tried and true proven way, build through the draft. You figure out the future, and fill these holes, and needs with the upcoming draft. While the Eagles are technically in the playoff race, the obvious need to get younger should be on the top of the “to-do” list. With that said, here are two players, one offense and one defense, that could interest the team, and truly help, bring success again.
Defense: CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama Crimson Tide
Defense wins championships, right? right! To say the Eagles, are in need of an overhaul on defense would be putting it lightly. Despite being stacked with a bevy of defensive line talent, and a true number one corner, in Darius Slay, the buck stops there. Right now asking any Eagles, fan, what the team needs right now, more than likely, they will say linebacker. While this is a huge part of it, the need to have a real field general, in the middle of the defense, it doesn’t stop at that. The need for young pass rushers, young safeties, and a stud to play on an island is also a must. That is where the young Crimson tide, star shows up. I have been a huge supporter of this kid, since seeing him his freshman year, in college. The skillset is all there, and the potential to be a legit star at the next level shines each weekend. Capable of playing in the zone, as well as man coverage, Surtain would be able, to use in all situations. This weekend, Surtain, head over to take on the Tennessee Volunteers, another game, in which they are heavily favored. This will an excellent chance, to see the future star once again. Just put on the tape, and I promise you, will come away loving this kid.
Offense: WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson Tigers.
The Eagles just may have fallen backwards, into finding the future of the wide-out position, with first-round pick Jalen Reagor, and Free-agent Travis Fulgham. No one could deny, the talent these two possess, and as it stands right now, you could argue that these two, could be the top two targets for years to come. Fulgham, more than Reagor right now due to an injury issue. Regardless of what your thoughts are on this, the obvious need for another addition of talent, is well, obvious. This is where the 5’10 stud, would come in truly helpful. The Clemson star has been the face of consistency, although dealing with an injury last year. Never wavering from his leadership role on offense, the sure-handed Rodgers, has always been a great teammate. Personality-wise, he checks all the boxes, but it is his play on the field, that sets him apart. Built like 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor, Rodgers has the ability to turn into a running back, once he has the ball in his hands. He can play in the slot, making the dirty plays over the middle, or he can play outside and just outrun a defender. What may be his best trait as a receiver, is his route running. He is capable of running a full tree, which would help him from day one in the NFL. Adding a player like Rodgers would give QB Carson Wentz, another monster option, one that would take a ton of pressure off the often pressured franchise.
Give these two a watch this weekend, I would love to hear your thought son them. If you have any players you would like me to look at and talk about, bring them up on here. Or tweet me @JonM_Salter #AverageJawn