2012 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Needs for the Philadelphia Eagles

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2012 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Needs for the Philadelphia Eagles
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The signing of DeMeco Ryans was a huge one for the Philadelphia Eagles. It solved a major need at middle linebacker and really opened things up for the Eagles in the draft. They no longer are forced to draft the best middle linebacker available in the first or second round. They now have the luxury of taking the best players available early on in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Eagles still have some minor needs to address in the draft such as outside linebacker and a third running back, offensive tackle, defensive line and tight end. None of these needs will make or break the Eagles this season. Middle linebacker was one of those needs as we saw from poor play at the position last season, but with Ryans they get a Pro Bowl player.

Don't expect the Eagles to reach on any of these needs during the draft. They will be looking at who are the best players available at each pick, who fits their system and what they can bring to the team right away.  

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