Breaking news out of Philadelphia today, the Eagles and DT Derek Landri agreed to a 1-year contract. The veteran tackle had a great season off the bench last year for the Eagles; recording 43 tackles, a team-high eight for a loss, two sacks, and a blocked field goal. His high productivity in a limited role proved he was more than capable to fit into the Bird’s nest and he’ll be back for more in 2011.
The Eagles currently have five DTs on the roster. Derek Landri will be in the mix along with Antonio Dixon, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, and Cedric Thornton. Will they still try to add another man to the line in the April 26th draft?
Once the Eagles are at the podium for the 15th overall pick, they have many possible directions they can go in. For instance, if the Eagles decide they still want a DT, Dontari Poe and Fletcher Cox may be their man if available. However, I think it would be rather pointless to take yet another DT and throw him into the rotation. Let’s face it, not many defensive players come straight out of the draft and make an immediate impact on the field that following season. Juan Castillo is on very thin ice this year in 2012 and jeopardizing a first-round pick is too risky.
With the linebacker issue being addressed by adding DeMeco Ryans and also finding a replacement for the injured Jason Peters in Demetress Bell, the only weak spot still is the safety position. I think the Eagles should consider taking Dre Kirkpatrick out of Alabama. Granted he is a cornerback, he is a very talented guy that can also play safety. Kirkpatrick didn’t have necessarily a great year on paper for the Crimson Tide, but it’s his hard work and presence on the field that counts the most. In his entire college career, Kirkpatrick gave up only one touchdown to Florida. Pretty remarkable if you ask me.
It’s honestly impossible to predict how the Eagles will spend their pick. People have been starting to fancy the idea of drafting QB Ryan Tannehill if he’s still available, but I don’t want a repeat of the Kolb situation. Regardless of what anyone says, Andy Reid loves taking lineman on the big day. With the re-signing of Landri, however, I think the Eagles may start looking to fill other needs.