Philadelphia Eagles Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

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Philadelphia Eagles Position Breakdown: Defensive Line
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There's no denying the amount of talent on depth that's on the Eagles' defensive line. There will be at least one player who won't make the final roster cut on the Eagles' front line who could probably start for another defense.

Players like Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon and Darryl Tapp are far from locks to make the team even though they have been successful starters in the NFL in seasons past.

Several factors have led to the Eagles' defensive line becoming the deepest front in the NFL. Brandon Graham is finally fully recovered from the ACL tear he suffered in 2010. He should start to resemble the player whom the Eagles traded up for in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

The Eagles also spend a first-round and a second-round draft pick on defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Vinny Curry. They could easily combine for at least 10 or 12 sacks in their rookie seasons.

Last season, the Eagles' front line had a short offseason program to pick up the new defensive line coach's Wide-9 scheme. They proved to be fast learners as the defensive line alone racked up 46 sacks in 2011. With a healthier unit, more talent and a greater understanding of the Wide-9 scheme, we should see that sack total from last season increase in 2012.

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