- Let's face it. The wide-nine defense implemented by Juan Castillo didn't work for the majority of the season. However, some success in the last 4 games brought hope to some Eagles fans. Well Castillo is back for another go around, and with the comes the return of the wide nine. The biggest need for the Eagles, in my opinion, is the MLB position. No more toying around with Casey Matthews or Brian Rolle. The Eagles need a stud in the middle who can anchor the defense that gave up so many yards over the middle of the field. A guy that many thought the Eagles had their eye on was Vontaze Burfict from Arizona State. Burfict however, had a terrible combine, and could deter teams from taking him in the early rounds.
- If the Eagles are really interested in taking Burfict to anchor the middle of the defense, there's a possibility they take him in the 2nd or third round. (Hoping that his sub-par combine workout allows him to fall to later rounds). If the Eagles don't go after a LB in the first round, look for them to take a DT to solidify a defensive line that performed rather well last season. Now I'm a little biased here, but I think Devon Still from PSU would be a great fit in the middle of the Eagles D-Line. He's a big strong DT that can take on blockers, fill space, and get after the QB.
- By now you've probably heard that yesterday on 97.5 FM The Phanatic, Plaxico Burress said nothing would make him happier than being able to join the Eagles for the 2012-2013 season. Plax would be a great compliment to the speed that the Eagles have on the outside with Maclin and Jackson. Plax is one of the top red zone receivers in the league, and we all know how much help the birds could use close to the end zone.
- Finally, let's look at the QB position. Vick is not the long term solution we were all hoping for, let's be honest. He isn't as accurate as we thought he could be, doesn't seem to want to run as much anymore, and is way too injury prone. With backups Kafka and new signee Trent Edwards, the Eagles could look to draft a QB they think they could develop for a few years down the road.
What are your thoughts? Who should the Eagles go after in the draft or in Free Agency?