Does anyone know what made the Eagles defense so great for a decade under Jim Johnson? I'll tell you: elite cornerbacks. We had Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent, with Al Harris as a nickelback.
Then we had Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. Then we had Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown, with Lito Sheppard as a nickelback.
This team has always had elite cornerbacks. For the first time under Andy Reid, last season, cornerback was a huge problem. We have one elite cornerback in Asante Samuel, but the problem is he can only cover one guy.
We need two elite cornerbacks, and then we can use a combination of Patterson/Lindley/Hanson as nickel and dime backs.
The problem here is we have one starting cornerback and a bunch of backups, but no true second starter. I can honestly tell you this position will most likely be addressed in one of two ways, either the first-round pick, or free agency.
To be honest, I think this is a position the Eagles will address in free agency, as that is what they have traditionally done. Asante Samuel? Free agent. Troy Vincent? Free agent.
I know they drafted Brown and Sheppard, but those guys did not start right away. They sat behind Taylor and Vincent for a couple of years, and Taylor did not start right away, either.
If they needed depth, I think this would have been addressed in the draft, but considering they need a starter, I think this will be the Eagles' biggest free-agent splash.
If I was going to bet, I am thinking a certain Oakland Raider cornerback who recently decided to test free agency will be in Eagles green next season.
Adding him will give the Eagles two shutdown corners, which will allow whoever the new defensive coordinator is to blitz and blitz and blitz. That is when the Eagles defense is at its best, and that is what will make this a championship-caliber defense.
So, Nnamdi Asomugha (yes I cheated to spell his name), we want you in Eagles green in 2011. So front office, let's make it happen and make this defense return to being among the league's elite.
If they sign Asomugha, then this position won't be addressed till later in the draft, where they make take one guy for depth, but I honestly like Lindley a lot and Patterson or Hanson as backups.
Well, that concludes the positions of needs. I hope you enjoyed it and leave me comments in the analysis or add me to your favorite writers list!