With the Eagles starting out so strong the offseason needs are an after thought for most fans. While many might believe that the Eagles are a finished product there are still ways to get better. Running back, with all dues and purposes, is the biggest need for this team to address. With this class the Eagles are likely to draft atlas one. I’d consider targeting one in the first round and I’m not exactly a component of doing that.
Friendly reminder, the Eagles don’t own a second or third round pick this year. That could lead to the Eagles trading out of the first and picking up a few extra picks.
Malik Jefferson – Texas Outside Linebacker, Plays Oklahoma State @12:00 on ABC
The Eagles defense has been incredible against the run this season and I good portion of the credit should go to the linebackers. Jordan Hicks has battled the injury bug for most of the season thus far and Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham have stepped up. Nigel Bradham, however, is a free agent this offseason, and Mychal Kendricks asked for a trade in January so both aren’t exactly locks to be on the team next year. If I had to guess right now, the Eagles will probably only keep one of the two that I just mentioned. Considering Kendricks is already under contract next year that will probably be the guy which would make linebacker a position of need in the offseason. Malik Jefferson is what you want in today’s outside linebackers. Jefferson is explosive from the start of the snap and he thrives at blitzing. One weakness in his game is that he isn’t the best at shedding blockers. Because he doesn’t have the biggest body for a linebacker he’ll get swallowed in against the run at times.
Courtland Sutton – SMU Receiver, Plays Cincinnati on ESPN U @ 4:00
Sutton might be the best overall prospect in this draft aside from Saquon Barkley. Sutton is a big target receiver standing at 6’4″ and with his 215-pound frame. The head coach of SMU is former Clemson receiver coach, Chad Morris. Morris coached up guys like DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Williams. Morris said the Sutton is a more polished prospect than Alshon Jeffery was. With Jeffery currently being a free agent at the end of the year the Eagles could let him walk and draft a guy that in every way looks like Jeffery on the field. Even if the Eagles bring back Jeffery I would consider taking Sutton to start on the other side.
Damien Harris – Alabama Running Back, Plays Tennessee on CBS @3:30
The Eagles have done a great job this season at running ball with LeGarrette Blount, Wendall Smallwood, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. None of those players that were just mentioned are the long term answers for this current Eagles team. Blount is a guy I’d consider bringing back next year, but there is still 10 more games to be played. Blount will be 31 next year so giving him an extension is a questionable decision. The Eagles should, in anyway possible bring in at least two running backs this offseason. Drafting one early, either in the first or if the Eagles trade back into the second should be the priority. Harris is what the Eagles like to have with their running backs. Harris is a back with great vision, hands, and his best trait might be his pass protection. Harris might not be talked about that much, but he’s a solid running back prospect that is getting talks about going in the late first round. That might be an ideal target for the Eagles.