Projecting the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting lineup before the NFL Draft
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The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 lineup is far from cemented, but the team’s moves in free agency helped clear up several murky spots on the roster.
This month, the Birds will likely round out much of their depth chart by adding young players to the mix during the NFL Draft. So, before the draft begins April 27, we thought it’d be worthwhile to project the Eagles’ starting offensive and defensive lineups, using only players currently on the roster. It’ll provide a glimpse at what the Eagles have shored up, and where holes exist.
Take a look.
Barring injury or suspension or some other unforeseen event, Wentz isn’t going anywhere this season. The 24-year-old signal-caller has ownership over the Eagles’ offense.
Other starting options/backups in same role:
- Nick Foles
- Matt McGloin
Putting Sproles here is a bit of a cop out, because it’s hard to predict who will emerge as the Eagles’ lead ball-carrier. Conventional wisdom suggests the Eagles are likely to cut 2017 starter Ryan Mathews, but they can’t do so until he recovers from neck surgery, and it’s unclear whether the team views Wendell Smallwood as a capable workhorse. Some pundits have speculated that the team will draft a first-round running back to replace Mathews. What’s certain, though, is that Sproles has a place in this offense as a versatile playmaker out of the backfield.