For the Eagles, the offseason has featured more veteran cuts to their roster than I've seen in a long time.
GM Howie Roseman has been quoted as saying the Eagles aren't in a rebuilding process, but it is obvious that is exactly what is happening.
There is the offseason "blockbuster" move that sent QB Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 2010 second-round pick (37th overall) and a 2011 fourth-round pick that could become a third-rounder depending on McNabb's performance in the upcoming season.
Fourth-year QB Kevin Kolb takes over for McNabb, and many among the fan base pretty much expect Kolb to pick up right where the Eagles left off in 2009.
There is a ton of confidence in Kolb among the Eagles' front office. He has shown enough progress while being taught by three of the best QBs in NFL history in McNabb, Jeff Garcia, and Michael Vick.
Philadelphia's young offense has a great amount of respect for Kevin, including standout WR DeSean Jackson.
Can Kolb handle being a starting NFL quarterback—especially in Philly?
There was also the tough decision to part ways with legendary RB Brian Westbrook after he had multiple concussions in 2009. The doctors have said he is good to go and is able to sign with any team and yet nobody has picked him up—a definite sign that teams are wary of this future Hall of Famer.
Second-year man LeSean McCoy will be the new starting back while newly acquired RB Mike Bell will be his complement, and FB Leonard Weaver still is in the mix.
CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong landed new teams in a trade that sent them to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for their 2010 fourth- and fifth-round draft picks and LB Alex Hall.
Brown's departure puts the Eagles' secondary in a bad situation. The Eagles still have CB's Asante Samuel (although his name has been in many trade rumors), Ellis Hobbs (who is expected to start opposite Samuel), Joselio Hanson, (newly acquired) Marlin Jackson, Dimitri Patterson, and Geoffrey Pope at their disposal—but add it to the list of needs!
Other players the Eagles have either cut ties with or traded are WR's Reggie Brown (to Bucs for their 2011 sixth-round pick) and Kevin Curtis, DE's Chris Clemons (coupled with a fourth-round pick to Seahawks for DE Darryl Tapp), Darren Howard, and Jason Babin (to Titans), G Shawn Andrews—the list goes on and on.
However, the Eagles are stacked with 11 picks in the upcoming draft, including seven in the first four rounds in an extremely deep draft. Good players will be around in the fourth round!
The focus in the draft is defense, which was the Eagles' sore spot in 2009.
My prediction is either an offensive lineman or safety in the first round.
That prediction is determined on whether or not Southern Cal safety Taylor Mays is still around at pick No. 15, in which case the Eagles will get involved in a draft day trade to move up and draft him.
If Mays is gone by that point, I would assume the Eagles would take OG Mike Lupati (out of Idaho), who is expected to be around when the Birds pick at No. 24.
The last thing I want to point out is both their special teams unit and their defensive backs should be much better than they were in 2009, as new coaches have been signed.
Bobby April, who has won the Special Teams Coach of the Year award multiple times over the last five years, is now in control of the Eagles' special teams, and the one and only Dick Jauron will now head the defensive backs unit.
Jauron's resume would take up about five slides, so I'll just say this man has done everything in coaching—I mean everything.
In his playing years he was a safety, so he definitely knows the ins and outs of the position.
This is a very young Eagles roster headed by experienced coaches, but they will only get younger after the draft!
They aren't rebuilding? I beg to differ!
2010 Draft needs: OL, LB, S, DL