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Eagles

I didn’t like the Jalen Hurts pick Thursday and I still don’t like it today.

Howie Roseman did a better job the last few days of articulating the team’s reasons for drafting Hurts at No. 53 than he did immediately afterwards, and I feel like I have a better understanding now of why they did it.

Doesn't mean I agree.

In the middle of the second round, I want a guy who’s going to play 50 or 60 snaps a game and make a huge impact.

The second round is where you get Dawk, DeSean, Shady, Ertz, Randall, Wes, Eric Allen, and so on.

Maybe Hurts will become that type of player, but right now I’m skeptical.

That said, it’s important not to lose sight of one thing: Overall, this has been a successful offseason for the Eagles. And overall, the Eagles have a solid roster.

And if this team’s key players can stay healthy — which hasn’t been the case for a while — I fully expect the Eagles to be a playoff team.

The Eagles are pretty well set at running back, tight end, offensive line, quarterback and defensive tackle.

To me, this offseason was mainly about getting better — getting much better — at cornerback and receiver, the Eagles’ two glaring, desperate needs.

And they’ve done that.

Darius Slay is a legit shutdown corner, K’Von Wallace has a chance, and the other secondary additions could help as well.

Jalen Reagor might not be the receiver I wanted or you wanted, but he’s a heck of a lot better than what they had running around out there last year. A healthy Marquis Goodwin would help, and anything the Eagles get out of their two speedy Day 3 wideouts is gravy.

 

Javon Hargrave is a stud and gives Jim Schwartz a lot of versatility and flexibility up front. Malik Johnson comes back after missing all year.

Jatavis Brown and Davion Taylor help out a still-thin linebacker group.

I would have liked to have seen the Eagles add an edge rusher — Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa was there at 53 — but hopefully Brandon Graham still has some juice left and Derek Barnett can play a full season like he did in his last 10 games a year ago, when he had six and a half sacks in 10 games.

So don’t mistake a disappointing draft pick for a disappointing offseason.

Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Slay and a healthy Wentz are legit Pro Bowl-caliber players.

Who knows, maybe Hurts can carve out a role as a gadget player and run around and make some plays. Even if he wasn't worth a second-round pick, he's got talent.

There are still questions.

I’m not sold yet on Andre Dillard, although he was fine when he had to play left tackle last year. I wish there were one more legit outside pass rusher, although Jackson can play there. I think they’ll miss Malcolm Jenkins, although I’m not sure they would have been able to acquire Slay if they kept him.

But all 32 teams have question marks. All 32 teams have areas they weren’t quite able to address the way they wanted.

I went into the offseason with three priorities: 1) Rebuild the medical staff, 2) Reshape the secondary, 3) Get a bunch of fast wide receivers.

And the Eagles did all three.

So overall it hasn’t been a bad offseason. This was a playoff team a year ago, and they’ve gotten better.

This is a good football team. Just not quite as good as it could have been.

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