We got to the first few of your questions on Monday (see story), but there are still plenty more to go.
Let's not waste anymore time:
The Eagles could certainly stand to pick up an offensive lineman or two during this year's draft, but they're in a great position this year. They have most of their starters coming back this season. And coming off a Super Bowl title, they are in a position in which they really can draft best player available. That's obviously something most teams say every year, but coming off a championship, it's a lot easier to do. Now, they're obviously not going to draft a quarterback and it would be a little surprising if they went with a corner. But there are a bunch of positions they can go after — O-line, defensive tackle, linebacker, receiver. There are a lot of ways they can go.
This isn't easy to narrow it down to just five, but here's what I came up with: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Ertz.
I had to include both quarterbacks. Wentz was on his way to being the NFL MVP and then Foles went on to win Super Bowl MVP. They don't hoist the Lombardi Trophy without both of them. From there it got a little tougher. I still think Cox is the best non-QB on the team and he raised his level in the playoffs. Jenkins is overlooked way too much. He's so important to the team. I gave Ertz the nod over Alshon Jeffery because Ertz was more consistent and he did score the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. He's also higher on the list of the best tight ends in the league than Jeffery is on the list of best receivers.
The biggest omissions were Brandon Graham, Jeffery and the offensive linemen. It's hard to pick one of the guys on the line, but you could make an argument for any of the three guys on the right side.
I actually agree that DL, specifically DT, is an underrated need for the Eagles, especially if Beau Allen leaves in free agency and if Vinny Curry doesn't come back. The problem with signing guys in free agency is that overpaying is the norm and the Eagles already have a ton of money invested in their defensive line. Including Curry, the Eagles have $47.2 million tied up in cap space with just their top six defensive linemen. It's hard to see adding to that number.
I think they ought to try really hard to bring him back. What Nigel Bradham did last season was huge for the Eagles and it's getting overlooked too much. His filling in as the defensive signal caller once Jordan Hicks went down was huge. He's also super comfortable in Jim Schwartz's system. Bradham is coming off his best season as a pro, so he might be in demand, but I agree that the Eagles really need to bring him back.