2010 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles' Needs

Victor SpurrierContributor IIFebruary 10, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers lobbies for a late hit after being hit by Navorro Bowman #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2010 Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Eagles need to fill a few spots if they want to be a contender next year. They need a linebacker, a safety, an offensive lineman, and a running back.



The return of Stewart Bradley will add a solid MLB, and Omar Gaither coming back will add depth as well. Will Witherspoon is a strong outside linebacker. However, Moise Fokou is not a guy I would chose to be in my starting 11 on defense if I want to win a Super Bowl. 

Therefore, Navorro Bowman looks like a good option for the Eagles if he is still on the board. Bowman is just a good all-around player that can fit any system, and has the potential to be an All-Pro.

Sean Weatherspoon is another guy who could be a good fit for the Eagles. He can play inside or outside which gives the team the ability to move him around and fill whatever need they have.

If Brandon Spikes is still on the board he could be an option here too.  He is athletic enough to play the outside if they need him to, and can play the middle when called upon without a problem.


Anyone who thought Brian Dawkins was too old to be a big time player, and that the Eagles didn't need him anymore...Well, the 2010 season proved otherwise.  Eric Berry is the top safety on everyone's board, but he won't be there by the time the Eagles pick. 

If Taylor Mays is still there, then he fits the bill. He is the hard-hitting safety the Eagles lack, and could drastically improve the defense.

Offensive Lineman  

Shawn Andrews and Jamal Jackson will be returning next season which will sure up the line. I still think Philadelphia could use another lineman though, at guard or tackle (whichever one Andrews isn't playing next season). 

Mike Iupati or Maurkice Pouncey could be nice additions to the Eagles interior line at this spot, and depending on who is available, Ciron Black, Bryan Bulaga, or Anthony Davis could be nice pick-ups as well. Coach Reid loves his big lineman, so don't be surprised if he takes one.

Running Back  

Brian Westbrook is on the verge of being forced into an early retirement with all of his concussion problems. LeSean McCoy looked good all season, and Eldra Buckley proved he could be used situationaly. 

The Eagles could still add a top running back to compliment McCoy. A guy like Evan Royster, Jahvid Best, Jonathan Dwyer, C.J. Spiller, Noel Devine, Toby Gerhart, or DeMarco Murray could be great options. This is a deep year for running backs, so the Eagles likely won't take one in the first round because there are so many.

I would expect the Eagles to go Linebacker or safety in the first round because those are the biggest needs, and there should be a solid backer on the board at that point.