Eagles 2020 Depth Chart: Post-Draft Edition (Version 2.0)
Earlier in the offseason, we did a post-free agency edition of what the Eagles depth chart might look like. After the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft, we now have a picture of what the Eagles roster could be for the upcoming season. Here is our projected depth chart, post-draft, for the 2020 campaign:
There will still be some more roster moves that will be made before the start of the season, Whether it be the addition of some veteran players, or trading current players for future draft picks, there will be changes made. However, we do have some takeaways from our current roster and depth chart:
• The QB room is now definitely set and we should expect Jalen Hurts to be used in other roles than quarterback as Carson Wentz is still, without a doubt, the franchise quarterback.
• Even after landing a few interesting UDFAs at running back, I still think that Miles Sanders and Boston Scott will lead the backfield with the majority of snaps.
• There is finally speed at the receiver position, as the Eagles traded for/drafted four burners (Jalen Reagor, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins. If Alshon Jeffery isn't traded and is healthy enough to produce at some point in 2020, Philadelphia will have a very dangerous receiving core, not to mention Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert still producing at tight end.
• Some offensive line depth was added with the selections of Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho, both former Auburn players. However, the starting five on the line looks to stay the same as it was supposed to be.
• The Birds' pass rushers have stayed mostly the same since the end of last year, except for the addition of Casey Toohill in the seventh round of the draft. Hopefully, young players like Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat can live up to their expectations and bring the Eagles pass rush back to what it was like in 2017.
• The Eagles probably have the best group of defensive tackles in the NFL. They will dominate the run game and will still be able to help with the pass rush.
• Even after signing Jatavis Brown and drafting Davion Taylor with thier third-round pick, the linebacker room is still not Super Bowl-caliber. They have speed at the position, but lack experience and lack a "field general" running the defense like they had in Nigel Bradham for the past few years.
• The cornerbacks are slowly looking like a group that can win us games. Darius Slay is one of the best playmaking corners in the NFL and hopefully, either Sidney Jones or Avonte Maddox will perform like the starting corner the team needs opposite Slay. They also signed Nickell Robey-Coleman to be the starting slot corner, and will have a reliable backup at that position in Cre'Von LeBlanc. If the corners can stay consistent, there is definitely a lot of talent and success that could come from this group.
• Finally, the safety group is still not looking great. I am predicting that K'Von Wallace will outperform Jalen Mills in training camp and will start the season as the starting strong safety. Rodney McLeod is getting up there in age and isn't the dominant free safety that he once was, so only adding one safety in the draft will be an issue if the starters get hurt or underperform critically, as there is not much depth.