The Philadelphia Eagles will continue to revamp themselves at the dawn of a new era when the 2013 NFL draft gets underway on Thursday. And in order to get a better feel for exactly where things stand with Philadelphia's roster prior to the draft, we've drawn up a depth chart.
The chart is color-coded in order to establish the state of the roster from position to position. Those in blue are solid contributors who are worthy of the roles they currently play. Those in green could be upgraded upon or are still question marks. And those in red must either be replaced or demoted.
There are exactly 53 players listed below, so consider that every draft pick that makes the roster will have to do so in place of one of the guys on the chart.
This really confirms what the Eagles have to focus on in the draft. Forget this Dion Jordan talk, because they're in good shape at outside linebacker, especially if Vinny Curry is groomed to play both roles.
They need to add a starter to the offensive line (either a guard to replace Danny Watkins or a tackle to enable them to move Todd Herremans back inside), a starter on the defensive line (someone to complement Fletcher Cox and Isaac Sopoaga) and then add bodies to the linebacking corps and the secondary.
In terms of that defensive backfield, it would be nice to see them bring in a safety who can compete with Patrick Chung and who might also possess the ability to step in if Kenny Phillips is again bit by the injury bug. At corner, they're in pretty decent shape, especially if Brandon Boykin emerges in his second season, but reinforcements would certainly be appreciated by Bill Davis.
The two other weak spots that don't contain any blue are at quarterback and tight end. They might be able to get by this year, though, with Michael Vick and Brent Celek again in starting roles, because it doesn't look as though they'll be able to find clear replacements right off the bat. The offensive line and the defense have to take precedent here.
We'll be back to reassess the depth chart as soon as the draft is complete.