The Philadelphia Eagles exited 2013 with arguably fewer holes than they went in with, particularly on the defensive side of the football.
Fletcher Cox and the leftover defensive linemen from a 4-3 defense were supposed to be round pegs in the square holes of a 3-4 alignment. Trent Cole and DeMeco Ryans were going to be too old to play in space. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher didn’t go far enough to fix a secondary that still had to rely on Nate Allen.
All the unit went on to do was hold opposing offenses to 22 or fewer points in 12 of 16 games. No big deal.
The Birds' defense was certainly better than advertised, but having said that, it was far from perfect. All of the criticisms turned out to be true to some extent.
The defensive line did not consistently get push or have all the right pieces. Cole and Ryans are getting older and can’t be counted on to be reliable forever. The unit was ranked dead last against the pass by the end of the season.
So needless to say, best case scenario, the Eagles are going to be focusing heavily on defense in the upcoming draft. With that in mind, we went round-by-round and built a dream class for 2014.