Philadelphia Eagles draft capsule
1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (16-3)
LAST SEASON: Won their first Super Bowl title, defeating Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and New England Patriots to capture franchise’s first NFL championship since 1960. And they did it without slew of injured starters, including captains on offense, defense and special teams. Backup QB Nick Foles led way after Carson Wentz tore ACL in Week 14. Offense was balanced and potent throughout season, and coach Doug Pederson stayed aggressive in critical moments in biggest games. Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement led ground attack. TE Zach Ertz and WRs Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor were go-to receivers. Defense thrived under coordinator Jim Schwartz. DT Fletcher Cox was monster in middle of deep line that included Brandon Graham, who secured 41-33 win over Patriots with strip-sack on Brady. Special teams also excelled with rookie K Jake Elliott showing strong leg.
THEY NEED: LB, RB, TE, WR.
THEY DON’T NEED: QB, CB, DL.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland; RB Derrius Guice, LSU; OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame; S Justin Reid, Stanford; LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State; RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State; TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State.
OUTLOOK: Eagles are set up to make run at becoming first team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles since New England in 2003-04 seasons. They don’t have glaring need to fill so can draft best player available with 32nd pick. Trading down to add picks also possible because they only have six spots, none in second or third rounds. 32nd pick hasn’t been big hit in NFL history. Only one player picked 32nd — OT Bob St. Clair in 1953 — is in Hall of Fame, though QB Drew Brees will join him one day and G Logan Mankins also could. Vikings drafted QB Teddy Bridgewater at 32 in 2014.
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