After the 2021-2022 season many Philly fans were pleasantly surprised with how the Philadelphia Eagles season turned out. Many analysts predicted the Eagles would not only have a losing season, but had the Eagles winning five games or less. Not only did the Eagles have a winning season of 9-8 but they also made the playoffs, shocking the doubters and even some of the supporters of the organization.
Now after a disappointing loss in the Wildcard playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many believe the Eagles can be a super bowl contender for next season. For that to happen a lot has to change over the offseason in terms of filling holes in the roster as well as making smart decisions with trades and draft picks.
Luckily for the Eagles they hold three first round picks in this coming draft with the 15th, 16th, and 19th overall picks. The Eagles main needs are a solid linebacker and to replenish a defensive line that was arguably the best in football a few years ago.
They also need to be thinking about a center to replace Jason Kelce whether that be for this upcoming season or the next. Personally, I believe it would be beneficial to draft a center this year and give him a year to learn from Kelce before throwing a new center out to start their rookie season.
As far as the draft picks go, there have also been rumors about the Eagles potentially sending two of their three first round picks to try to trade up. With this trade the Eagles could potentially have a shot at acquiring quarterback Malik Willis or defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
Out of the two I would love to see the Eagles go for Hutchinson. The defensive line needs a playmaker now and Hutchinson is debatably the best player in the draft. A shot to get Hutchinson is the only way I believe the Eagles should trade away two of their first round picks.
Willis is a great athlete and has done a great job at Liberty University, but the Eagles also have Jalen Hurts who is still young and developing. Hurts had great moments throughout this past season and while I am not completely sold on him, I think giving him a chance to improve would be better than giving away a first round pick for a rookie quarterback with a similar playing style.
Another position that the Eagles have improved but there is still work to be done in is the wide receiver position. One free agent that I would love to see Howie Roseman go after this offseason is Calvin Ridley. Ridley is a young receiver from Atlanta and it would certainly be interesting to see Hurts, Ridley, and DeVonta Smith on the same field, since all attended Alabama University at one point or another.
There have also been a lot of rumors about the Eagles trying to trade for Russel Wilson, Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson. The hope would be that one of these quarterbacks would make them a contender for this season and the Eagles would have a win now mentality.
Time will tell with what the Eagles do with the draft and in free agency but I think I speak for most Eagles fans when I say I do not want to see them go for Wilson or Rodgers if it means giving up a boatload of picks to get them when we have a capable quarterback in Hurts. As long as the Eagles draft a defensive end, a linebacker and get one more weapon for Hurts it should be a very successful season for the Eagles.
Sources: NFL.com ESPN