Well, Eagles fans, you finally got your wish. You got a legit middle linebacker to stuff the run.
Actually, DeMeco Ryans is the total package when healthy. He plays the run just as well as he plays the pass. He is a textbook tackler and a big hitter at the same time. He has great football instincts, and his intangibles are through the roof.
It's safe to say that the Eagles won't be drafting a middle linebacker in the first round.
Free agency changes the draft strategy for just about every single team. For the Eagles, they took care of a major need in the middle of their defense. They re-signed DeSean Jackson which also eliminates a need for a No. 1 receiver opposite of Jeremy Maclin.
Now, the Eagles can focus on a couple major needs: kick returner, young pass-rushers, depth on the offensive line and a red-zone target.
Philadelphia lost a fourth-round draft pick and traded down 12 spots in the third round in order to acquire Ryans. They now have nine draft picks, which is plenty for a team with just a couple needs and plenty of young talent.