Breaking Down What Philadelphia Eagles' Offseason Moves Mean for the NFL Draft

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Breaking Down What Philadelphia Eagles' Offseason Moves Mean for the NFL Draft
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Just a week into the free-agency period, the Philadelphia Eagles have been one of the busier teams in the National Football League. 

They've signed eight players, one on offense and seven on defense. Six of the seven defensive players have a relatively good chance of starting during the first week of the 2013 season, and the lone offensive player, James Casey, is expected to be a major contributor on the 2013 Eagles.

They've also made a trade for an offensive player, giving them nine new players.

And that's a good thing. 

After all, this is an Eagles squad that needs a complete turnaround on both offense and defense. They're coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. Expectations were high for Philly heading into 2012, despite a dismal 1-4 start and 8-8 finish in 2011. 

And the Eagles started off strong last year, winning three of their first four games, all three victories with a last-minute offensive score followed by a dramatic last-second defensive stop. 

Then everything imploded for the Eagles, as they dropped 11 of their final 12 games, ending the season in last place in the division for the first time in five seasons. Their point differential ranked them 30th in the league, ultimately leading to the firing of 14-year head coach Andy Reid.

The hiring of offensive mastermind Chip Kelly has rejuvenated a fanbase that hasn't seen a playoff victory since the 2008 season. 

Things appear to be off to a solid start in free agency as well. The following slides will address the seven signings, as well as the players lost to other teams, and how the moves will impact the Eagles during the draft next month. 

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