Why This Draft Is Crucial For The Pederson-Wentz Era
Having a great head coach and quarterback is something every NFL team strives for when building a team. In most cases, you need both to win the Super Bowl. Luckily for the Philadelphia Eagles, they have the hardest part of constructing a team out of the way. With both Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz; the Eagles will always have a chance of making the post-season. However, if they want to be a legitimate championship contender, they will need to draft much better.
That is what makes this draft so important. It seems this year’s draft class has all the talent at the positions the Eagles need to address. The biggest holes or needs on the Eagles roster are arguably wide receiver, linebacker, interior offensive line, and secondary. The Eagles have eight draft picks following the Darius Slay trade.
Eagles VP Howie Roseman
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 25, 2020
It’s pretty clear that Howie Roseman and the Eagles are taking this draft very, very seriously. They view it as an opportunity to correct holes on the current team, which is indeed a playoff-caliber team. Not to mention instilling some youth on an older football team, that has been plagued with the injury bug as all Eagles fans know. If the Eagles can fill the right needs in this draft, this team will be a SuperBowl contender for the next 5+ years.
Wentz is 250 yards away from being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards while having no WR over 500 yards for the season.
Truly remarkable. #Eagles
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) December 27, 2019
Without question, the biggest thing holding the birds back this past season was a major lack of production at the receiver spot. It was truly remarkable that Carson Wentz was able to rally the Eagles and make the run that they did. It left Eagles fans wondering how great not only Carson Wentz could be, but the Eagles offense as a whole; with any improvement or help outside.
The biggest need on this roster is undoubtedly wide-receiver. “Yes!”, I know it’s beating a dead horse, but this draft class is loaded with receiving talent. There are arguably 10 guys who can walk on an NFL roster and make an immediate impact. At the very least, the Eagles should walk away with at least one of the top ten receivers. Many believe that the birds may select two, maybe three receivers in this year’s draft.
👀 Eagles have been doing their homework on Michigan center Cesar Ruiz who is rated the #1 center in the NFL Draft
Ruiz has spoken with the Eagles multiple times
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) April 11, 2020
Wide receiver isn’t the only need on the Eagles. Many believe that the Eagles would like to find the successor to all-pro center Jason Kelce. It won’t be the end of the world if the Eagles draft Cesar Ruiz with one of their first two picks. He is without question the best center in the 2020 NFL draft class. Drafting in the trenches isn’t always the “pretty” move. But, it is what the true championship teams and front offices do.
Of course, they could also wait and draft Temple’s Matt Hennessy in the third or fourth round as well. There are endless options for the Eagles to fill the needs at certain positions. it is all up to Howie Roseman and co. to give Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson the foundation around them. Howie Roseman absolutely nailed free agency, in regards to addressing the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles now need help on offense and can center that focus for the draft.
Everyone in the 215 area code has made their own personal mock drafts. Whether that’s double-dipping at wide receiver in the first two rounds, or trading up for Ceedee Lamb. Maybe trading back for another second-round pick. There are so many options for the Eagles to address the problems on the roster. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer either. Only time will truly tell if Howie Roseman and the Eagles nailed the 2020 NFL draft.