Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins and Derek Landri are locks to make the team. The names of this year's first-round pick, Fletcher Cox, and second-round pick, Vinny Curry, can also be written in ink. If the Eagles keep nine defensive linemen, that means the last three spots are up for grabs.
Former first-round pick Brandon Graham has been major disappointment so far, but he's having a strong preseason. Darryl Tapp is heading into his seventh year, and because he isn't a starter, his age may be a factor. Antonio Dixon has a shot to make the team as a true defensive tackle, but with so many of the other guys in this group being able to play both inside and outside, it also could work against him.
Phillip Hunt has kind of come out of nowhere with a strong showing as a defensive end this preseason. Two years ago, he led the CFL in sacks, and after signing with the Eagles in 2011 he had a relatively quiet year statistically. With injuries to Cole and Babin in training camp, he has been able to show some of that pass-rush ability from his CFL days. Having said that, he doesn't have position versatility either, so only being able to play defensive end may work against him.
That's four guys for three spots, so someone is going to be the odd man out. One thing is for sure: Whomever it is likely won't be unemployed for long.