The Eagles have plenty of young talent at their skill positions on offense; however, they cannot be successful without an effective offensive line. Most analysts have the Eagles taking a defensive player in the first round, but there are some who have the Eagles taking an offensive lineman. We know Andy loves his lineman, but should that be the number one priority come draft day?
Taking a look at the offensive line now, there are plenty of question marks. You have Jason Peters and Winston Justice at the tackle positions. Peters is a so-called Pro Bowler and Justice made huge strides last year that led him to a new contract. There isn’t a ton of talented depth behind them so the Eagles could definitely use another talented tackle.
On the interior, you have Todd Herremans and Stacy Andrews as your projected starting guards. Andrews hasn’t show much of anything since arriving in Philadelphia, so I definitely have to put a big question mark behind him. Nick Cole has been a great depth player bouncing around to different positions and filling in well. He may be forced into the starting center job this season and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Jamaal Jackson is a big question mark after his ACL injury last year, and that’s a big problem for the Eagles.
The Eagles will definitely have some offensive lineman on their radar come draft day, but I just don’t feel they should pull the trigger on anyone the first day. Interior lineman are never drafted early and there appears to be some nice depth in this years pool of offensive tackles. As much as Andy may like to grab ahold of a stud lineman early, I hope he plans on addressing defensive needs first.