2013 NFL Offseason: Philadelphia Eagles
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Philadelphia Eagles (Last Year: 4-12)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: B
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Eagles spent a ton of money on their defense this offseason. It's now time to address the offense. Philadelphia has no long-term quarterback on the roster (Nick Foles is an awful fit for Chip Kelly's offense) and the right tackle position needs to be addressed so that Todd Herremans can move back inside to his natural guard position. A receiver must also be added, given that both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are both overrated and unreliable.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Chip Kelly hasn't been transparent at all this offseason. He's kept his mouth closed about which offensive and defensive schemes he plans on running. This secrecy is pretty arrogant and unnecessary, but we may finally have our answer. Well, at least half of it.
Bennie Logan is a poor fit for a pure 3-4, so the Eagles might be moving to a 4-3 Under look. Logan would be a solid fit as the three-technique in that formation. Fletcher Cox would play the five, with Isaac Sopoaga manning the nose. That's not bad. The offensive system, however, still remains a mystery. Matt Barkley would have been a poor fit in Chip Kelly's offense back in Oregon, so if the Eagles plan on starting him in the near future, they need to feature more of a West Coast look. Having said that, I'm not sure Barkley is in the Eagles' long-term plans. Had they viewed him as an eventual starter, they would have selected him in the second or third round. The fourth round is designated for backups (see Kirk Cousins), so the offense that Kelly plans on using is still up in the air, as far as I'm concerned.
As for the other picks, Lane Johnson was a reach at No. 4. He has great potential, but is way too raw to take that early. Zach Ertz provided much more value in the second round. My favorite selection was in the seventh with Jordan Poyer. He has second-round talent, but fell because of speed concerns.
Overall, the Eagles had a solid draft. They made some improvements on their roster, but there are still plenty of holes and no long-term solution at quarterback.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
4. Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: C Grade
This is a great scheme fit for the Eagles. Lane Johnson is the most athletic tackle in this draft, so he'll fit in well in Chip Kelly's high-tempo offense. However, Johnson is incredibly raw; he has just one year of left tackle experience and just two seasons of tackle experience period. He was considered a fringe first-round prospect a few months ago for a reason. However, there's no denying his upside, and he could eventually replace Jason Peters at left tackle.
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35. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford: B+ Grade
Chip Kelly loves his tight ends. He signed James Casey, but he needed another one because Brent Celek has been a huge disappointment recently. Zach Ertz is the top tight end available by far and No. 35 is the right range for him. Like the Jaguars though, you have to wonder what Philadelphia plans to do at quarterback.
67. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU: B- Grade
I guess the Eagles will be running a 4-3 Under scheme because Bennie Logan is an awful fit in the 3-4. Logan is very talented, but he hasn't lived up to his potential. If Philadelphia can get him to play to his ability, he'll form quite an interior pass-rushing tandem with Fletcher Cox.
98. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: C- Grade
This makes very little sense. Matt Barkley does not fit Chip Kelly's offense at all. In fact, he's a lot like Nick Foles, so I don't understand why the Eagles would make this selection. It appears as though the Eagles will utilize the West Coast offense under Kelly, so why even bring Kelly in as your head coach? I like the value with Barkley, but this pick is pretty illogical.
136. Earl Wolff, S, N.C. State: B- Grade
I didn't want to mention to this before the draft because I didn't want to ruin his draft stock, but I know that one team took Earl Wolff off their board because they deemed him "too stupid," that he didn't even know what schemes his college team ran. There's no questioning his talent level though. From a pure skill perspective, he probably should have been a second-round pick.
212. Joe Kruger, DE/DT, Utah: B Grade
This pick makes a ton of sense. Joe Kruger fits the draft range in the seventh round and fills a need for defensive line depth. Chip Kelly is familiar with Kruger, having coached against him in the Pac-12.
218. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: A+ Grade
Save for Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson, Jordan Poyer could easily be the best player that the Eagles drafted. He should have been a second-round pick, but fell because of speed concerns. Going against him in the Pac-12, Chip Kelly knows how skilled Poyer is.
239. David King, DE, Oklahoma: C+ Grade
I didn't have David King as a draftable prospect, but we're now in the compensatory picks of the seventh round, so that doesn't matter. King is a good fit in the 3-4 as a five-technique, much like Joe Kruger.
*** 2013 NFL TEAM NEEDS BELOW COMMENT BOARD ***
It's the end of an era. Andy Reid is finally gone, so Eagles' fans can stop complaining about terrible play-calling, poor clock management and ridiculously boring press conferences. Nick Foles showed promise down the stretch, so Philadelphia would be best served bringing in a coach and personnel to help develop the young quarterback.
- Quarterback: Chip Kelly has decided to keep QB Eagles No. 7, which means that quarterback is the team's No. 1 need. Look for a second-day selection to be used on a signal-caller. Signed Dennis Dixon
- Two Cornerbacks: Remember how great Philadelphia's cornerbacks were considered after the team signed Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? Well, Asomugha was released because he was so brutal in 2012, while DRC, an impending free agent, lived up to his nickname, "Doesn't Really Care." The front office will have to obtain two new cornerbacks. Signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher
- Defensive End: Cullen Jenkins was released, so the Eagles will have to find a new 3-4 end. Sharrif Floyd make senses at No. 4. Traded for Clifton Geathers
- Nose Tackle: The Eagles are moving to the 3-4, but they have no nose tackle. Jesse Williams would be a good fit atop Round 2. Signed Isaac Sopoaga
- Right Tackle: The Eagles had major issues on their offensive line. The return of Jason Peters would fix things on one side, provided he's close to 100 percent coming off an Achilles tear. Repairing the right side of the line could be solved by drafting Luke Joeckel No. 4 overall, which would allow Todd Herrmans to move to a more natural guard position.
- Safety: Two safeties might be needed, but Colt Anderson was serviceable down the stretch, so Philadelphia might be able to get away with him as one of the starters. Nate Allen, however, was horrific this past year. Signed Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung
- Rush Linebacker: Does Trent Cole make sense for the 3-4? If not, Philadelphia will have to find someone who does. Dion Jordan would fit if the Eagles utilize the 4-3 Under scheme. Signed Connor Barwin; traded for Emmanuel Acho
- Inside Linebacker: The Eagles should find some help in the linebacking corps of their new 3-4. Signed Jason Phillips
- Center: The Eagles had no answer at center when Jason Kelce was lost for the season with multiple torn knee ligaments. There's no guarantee that Kelce will be at full strength next year, so adding a veteran backup would be a good idea.
- Tight End: Brent Celek had trouble with drops and separation this past season. He has regressed. Signed James Casey
- Wide Receiver: Both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin always seem to be injured. Some depth could be added. Traded for Arrelious Benn; signed Ifeanyi Momah
- Punter: Mat McBriar ranked dead last among starters in net punting. Signed Donnie Jones
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Kenny Phillips, S, Giants. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles
Kenny Phillips is one of the better safeties when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a knee injury.
Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Texans. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles
Connor Barwin is coming off a very disappointing 2012 campaign. After registering 11.5 sacks in 2011, he managed just three this past season. He's talented, so there's a good chance this was just a fluky year.
Donnie Jones, P, Texans. Age: 33.
Signed with Eagles
Donnie Jones ranked 13th in net punting during the regular season.
Cary Williams, CB, Ravens. Age: 28.
Signed with Eagles
Cary Williams had some rough outings in 2012, but mostly played solidly at corner for the Ravens, holding down the fort after Lardarius Webb was lost for the year.
Patrick Chung, S, Patriots. Age: 26.
Signed with Eagles (3 years)
Patrick Chung missed several weeks in 2012 with multiple injuries, but he performed well when he was healthy, particularly in run support.
James Casey, FB/TE, Texans. Age: 28.
Signed with Eagles
James Casey was a pretty pedestrian lead blocker for Arian Foster this season, but he served as an effective pass-catcher, logging 34 receptions for 330 yards.
- Isaac Sopoaga, NT, 49ers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Eagles
- Bradley Fletcher, CB, Rams. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles
- Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys. Age: 26. -- Signed with Eagles
- Dennis Dixon, QB, Ravens. Age: 28. -- Signed with Eagles (2 years)
- Jason Phillips (RFA), OLB, Panthers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Eagles (2 years)
Philadelphia Eagles Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Eagles. Age: 27.
Signed with Broncos (1 year)
DRC stands for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It can also be short for "doesn't really care." Rodgers-Cromartie is a very talented cornerback, but he's not all there mentally. He's still young, so maybe he'll get it together, but teams pursuing him this offseason should be careful.
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Eagles. Age: 32.
Signed with 49ers (1 year)
Aside from perhaps Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha was viewed as the league's best cornerback when he signed a 5-year, $60 million contract right after the lockout. He was just mediocre in 2011 and then downright awful this past season, so it was a no-brainer that Philadelphia cut him, given that he was owed $15 million in 2013. Ranking Asomugha is a bit of a challenge because there's always a chance he could improve elsewhere. He won't be in Raider form, but perhaps he can become a decent starter again. On the flip side, there have been reports that Asomugha lost his passion for the game. He'll be 32 in July, so there's a good chance we'll never see the pre-Eagle Asomugha again.
Cullen Jenkins, DE/DT, Eagles. Age: 32.
Signed with Giants (3 years, $8 million)
Cullen Jenkins just turned 32, but he did a good job of being an interior pass-rusher this past season. He struggled a bit in run support though.
Colt Anderson (RFA), S, Eagles. Age: 27.
Colt Anderson is not very physically gifted, but he's an instinctive safety who performed well for the Eagles down the stretch. He's also great on special teams.
Derek Landri, DT, Eagles. Age: 29.
Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $3.25 million)
Derek Landri is a solid rotational defensive tackle who can put pressure on the quarterback occasionally.
Demetress Bell, OT, Eagles. Age: 29.
Demetress Bell struggled in Howard Mudd's system, so maybe he can rebound elsewhere. Still, he's a big injury risk, as he's endured knee problems throughout his career.
- King Dunlap, OT, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
- Mike Patterson, DT, Eagles. Age: 30. -- Signed with Giants
- Akeem Jordan, OLB, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Jake Scott, G, Eagles. Age: 32.
- Darryl Tapp, DE, Eagles. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
- Evan Moore, TE, Eagles. Age: 28.
- Trent Edwards, QB, Eagles. Age: 29.
- Mat McBriar, P, Eagles. Age: 34.
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