Defensive End Still a Glaring Need For The Eagles

Dan Pennwyn@@WeBleedingGreenCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 7: Defensive end Carlos Dunlap #8  of the Florida Gators sets on defense against the Vanderbilt Commodores  on November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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As the Eagles continue to push forward through the 2010 Free Agency, the approach they are taking seems to be to get rid of the veterans who have either been affected by injury or impacted by simply number crunching.

After the Eagles made a deal with the Seattle Seahawks trading DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth round pick for DE Darryl Tapp, I felt the Eagles were in a good situation at defensive end.

I sincerely think Tapp is going to be a force on the left side and the Eagles would have proven backups in the event someone was to go down. That was before this past week happened, now I'm thinking the Eagles have to take a defensive end in the draft but maybe just not as high up on the list of needs.

In the past two weeks the Eagles cut ties with a total of three defensive ends and gained one so its pretty easy to see why I say the Eagles still need to draft one but the tough question to answer is in what round will the Eagles draft one? Chris Clemons went to the Seahawks, Darren Howard got released and also Jason Babin got cut but he signed a deal with the Titans.

Unless the Eagles go into the draft thinking they must draft a rookie defensive end then I would say move that spot to the third round and there is definitely going to be enough talent atย such said position but not nearly as good as what the Eagles could get if they decided to draft one in the earlier rounds.ย 

Before the Tapp acquisition many Eagles fans felt the Eagles would select either a Safety or a Defensive End in the first round of this years draft. The thought of it being a defensive end over a safety intensified once the Eagles signed DB Marlin Jackson to the roster, who will be duking it out with Macho Harris and Quinten Demps for the starting Safety spot. Then the Eagles went out and traded for Tapp and everyone was saying "well now what will the Eagles do in the first"?

There were rumors floating around that the Eagles were in the market for another Tackle/Guard after making a "tough" decision to cut ties with Shawn Andrews. I've seen another report on the Eagles website stating they were interested in a Punter but how soon in the draft would they really invest in that position, maybe beginning in the fifth round. I doubt it woud even be that early and would really be shocked to see them get a Punter any earlier can you?

All this occuring and there hasn't even been a hint of drafting a Linebacker. Is Andy and the front office just playing their poker faces?

I for one have to call their bluff because the Eagles need to acquire a Strongside LB, theres just no way around it. As it stands right now the Eagles do not have anyone that is a legitimate starter at that position. I am sick of having Tight Ends across the league have a field day with the Eagles defense.

Like I said the Eagles still have alot of questions in terms of personnel and depth but with the recent parting ways with so many defensive ends I can't see how the Eagles could approach the draft thinking anything else.

Draft day is rapidly approaching us now fans, keep the faith!


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