With all the buzz going around the Eagles organization about addressing the offensive tackle position, either in draft or in free agency, let’s not get side tracked here. The Eagles still need someone at the outside linebacker position to help DeMeco to make some noise on this defense. Acquiring Ryans from the Texans was a great move, no question about it, but when it comes down to game time, he will need some help from his fellow linebackers. The man can’t do it all by himself..
In regards to the linebackers, the Eagles need someone that isn’t afraid to be mean, nasty, aggressive, and straight up in your face ready to tear your heart out kind of player. With that being said, Philly should take a look at Nigel Bradham from the Florida State Seminoles. He is a mean and nasty fella who doesn’t mind laying a person out even if he does get called for a flag. I’m not trying to promote violence or anything, but after all, it is football for crist-sake, not tennis.
Ronnell Lewis from Oklahoma is another player that would fit a need of the Eagles. He’s a physical linebacker and has incredible pass rushing abilities. While he played for the Sooners, he was stationed at the OLB and defensive end in the 4-3 scheme.
While it’s still a long stretch, the Eagles could get Daunt’a Hightower from the Crimson tide. He’s had some experience playing OLB, but it remains a long shot particularly because he’s expected to be taken in the top 10.
Even though the Eagles do have DeMeco Ryans, the former Crimson Tide, he can’t do it all by himself. He’s coming off a “lack luster” season from last year, and the year before that he was injured with a ruptured Achilles Tendon after only playing 6 games. He’s not the almighty savor of the defense, but he is a huge upgrade from what we had last year.
Even though DeMeco is a great player, the Eagles need to get him some help. This defense will need more linebackers in this draft if they want to make some noise and cause all sorts of hell for the opposing offense. If he can return back to his former self from when he went to the Pro Bowl back in 2007 and 2009, oh god have mercy on the offenses soul, because they will be getting served on a silver platter!