Jason Babin and Trent Cole form a devastating pair of defensive bookends for the Eagles, so IDP lists will—not surprisingly—feature them prominently.
Meanwhile, newly acquired middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans is often considered an afterthought, generally 20th overall among linebackers and no earlier than 63rd overall.
Don't you make the same mistake.
The Eagles really loaded up their defensive front seven this offseason to make them a well-rounded unit.
Philadelphia traded up to get defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft then picked up versatile linebacker Mychal Kendricks in the second round to pair with Ryans.
The Eagles also nabbed pass-rushing monster Vinny Curry in the second round, not to mention that they still have last year's first-round defensive end pick in Brandon Graham.
All this will be a boon to Ryan. Babin, Cole, Cox, Curry and Graham will occupy blockers and allow Ryans to do his thing.
Ryans is still young (27 years old) and just two years removed from a 123-tackle season. In fact, Ryans started his career with four consecutive seasons of at least 112 tackles, including a career-high 155 tackles in his rookie campaign.
No one is expecting those lofty numbers this year, but they do show Ryans' forgotten potential. And with a vastly upgraded Eagles defense to help keep blockers' hands off of him, Ryans is an IDP to watch this year.