With the Philadelphia Eagles having missed the postseason for the first time since 2007, the next thing to look forward to is the 2012 NFL draft. There were glaring weaknesses ignored during the season that ultimately cost the Eagles a playoff spot.
Defensive line coach Jim Washburn’s wide-nine schemes led to a slew of sacks for ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin, but left the linebackers exposed in the middle of the field. This unit was by far the Eagles’ biggest weakness of the season, but there were other positions that cost the Eagles.
Safety has been a weak spot since the Eagles left Brian Dawkins and Quintin Mikell go in free agency. DeSean Jackson is a free agent, and the Eagles may look to sign his replacement. Then again, Andy Reid typically focuses on the offensive and defensive lines in the first round of the draft, as he’s taken either an offensive or defensive lineman with six of his last seven first-round picks.
Then again, there has even been speculation of the Eagles taking a quarterback in the draft. Michael Vick was recently inked to a six-year, $100 million contract extension, but he’s too injury-prone for the Eagles to think he can be their long-term answer. The team could even go for a corner, since Asante Samuel may be traded and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s contract expires after 2012.
Whatever the team does, fans have to be hope the 2012 NFL draft helps the team more than the last two drafts have.