The Philadelphia Eagles were labeled the “Dream Team” after Vince Young voiced them as such during his enthusiastic introductory press conference. It didn’t take long for those two words to spread across the football landscape and become the new team mantra, whether the Eagles liked it or not.
But for a team to be a true dream team, it should be a complete team. The Eagles are a good team that acquired some dreamy free agents during the offseason, but until those new pieces come together and form a cohesive unit, it’s hard to expect them to live up to the hype.
There are a few positions that have stood out as obvious nightmares thus far – linebacker, offensive line and safety, although the star power in the secondary could disguise the flaws that the young safeties possess.
Regardless of how this “Dream Team” pans out this year in Philadelphia, looking ahead to next year’s NFL Draft, they’re well positioned to clear up their holes on offense and defense and challenge for a Super Bowl for the next 3 – 5 years.
Currently, the Eagles are scheduled to have 11 draft picks in the 2012 draft: 1 first-round pick, 2 second-round picks, 1 third-round pick, 2 fourth-round picks, 2 fifth-round picks and 3 sixth-round picks. The Eagles front office has done a great job of acquiring additional selections by parlaying their own draft picks and veteran players for future selections. And, next year’s draft is their opportunity to cash in on their creativeness.
So, while most Eagles fans have their eyes focused on this year’s team and have visions of the Lombardi Trophy being shuttled down Broad Street next February, here are six players that currently play on Saturdays who I project as the Eagles’ first six picks (rounds 1 – 4) in the ’12 draft next April.