The Eagles are loaded with talented veterans on the defensive line. Mike Patterson, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin and Trent Cole are all in the prime of their careers. They are also either approaching 30 or over years old. The Eagles front office has always looked at the future of the team just as much if not more than the present of the team. They will look to add a defensive end and tackle in the draft this year.
Phillip Hunt and Brandon Graham are both really promising young defensive ends, but Hunt is still a bit raw entering his second season removed from the CFL while Graham has to prove he is fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered late in 2010.
The Eagles will look to add a defensive tackle to Jim Washburn's rotation as well. Mike Patterson and Antonio Dixon are more of run stuffers than they are pass-rushers. They both can get after the passer, but it's not their speciality. There are far too many talented pass-rushing defensive tackles in this year's draft class to overlook the position—especially when it appears that both Derek Landri and Trevor Laws will sign elsewhere in free agency.
Fletcher Cox is the popular choice right now, Dontari Poe has the highest ceiling and Michael Brockers is the highest rated defensive tackle.
Brockers is a really good prospect at defensive tackle, but he doesn't fit in with Washburn's defensive line scheme. He is better apt at covering gaps than attacking the backfield. He will be a really good player for some team, but not the Eagles.
Dontari Poe put together a workout for the ages at the combine, but has little to show on film against inferior Conference-USA competition. A player that strong and that athletic should have dominated in a non-BCS conference.
Fletcher Cox is really the perfect fit for the Eagles in their scheme. He is the most versatile and the most athletic lineman in the draft. He played all over the line while at Mississippi State and proved his athleticism with a 4.79 40-yard dash at the combine. He will be an excellent pass-rusher right away in the wide-9 scheme.