Ranking the Eagles’ position groups after Wave 1 of Free Agency

The Eagles will look drastically different on defense when the team reunites at the NovaCare Complex for the Off-season training program.

Philadelphia lost ten free agents during the first wave of signings and deals, kept five of their own and added three free agents from other teams.

To make matters even more urgent, the franchise will work to sign All-Pro quarterback Jalen Hurt to a hefty contract extension that will ensure the Eagles are a Super Bowl contender for years to come.

With all eyes on the NFL draft, here’s an updated ranking of the Eagles position group after the first wave of free agency.

1st offensive line

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The NFL’s top unit is unlikely to miss a beat despite losing a starter (Seumalo) and a contributor (Andre Dillard) in free hands.

Philadelphia had the depth to absorb Dillard’s loss while Cam Jurgens is expected to slide to right-back.

The Eagles just renewed All-Pro right tackle lane Johnson while also re-signing Jason Kelce. Jordan Mailata is a Pro Bowl caliber left tackle while Landon Dickerson is seeking All-Pro status.

2nd cornerback

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The Eagles were unsure at first Keep James Bradberry in free hands and arrived within a few hours Release of Darius Slay.

Philadelphia reversed course, returning both players to new deals while signing former Browns second-round pick Greedy Williams.

Avonte Maddox is one of the top slot cornerbacks in the NFL, while Zech McPhearson and Josh Jobe add even more depth to the position.

3. Wide receiver

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The cornerback position ranks second ahead of this group because DeVonta Smith didn’t make the Pro Bowl or the All-Bowl.

Philadelphia has a top-5 duo at wide receiver and one of the top-5 at position in AJ Brown.

DeVonta Smith hovers just outside the top 10 while Quez Watkins offers potential as a big play, deep threat.

4. Defensive tackle

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Jordan Davis will look to stake his claim to the throne after Javon Hargrave joined the 49ers in free agency.

The return of Fletcher Cox brings the ultimate veteran presence while Milton Williams will look to break through with more playing time.

Marlon Tuipulotu will return from injury while Marvin Wilson is also in the squad. Expect the Eagles to add talent via the draft and another move into freehand.

5. Defensive end

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The unit has improved tremendously with Brandon Graham’s return and he will join Josh Sweat to return as a likely starter.

Derek Barnett will return from a cruciate ligament rupture and will show his strengths while Tarron Jackson and Janarius Robinson hope to become training camps of excellence.

6. Reverse

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The unit was intriguing, with Kenneth Gainwell returning as a dual threat that the Eagles like.

Boston Scott returned and head coach Nick Sirianni looks forward to seeing Trey preach can take a whole off-season.

The biggest signing was Rashaad Penny, who offers huge game potential but an injury history that is a cause for concern.

7. Defender

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Haason Reddick is more of a true edge rusher, but he’s listed as a linebacker and spends a lot of time in coverage. Nakobe Dean will go into year two as an inexperienced starter but offers huge potential and championship pedigree.

Jonathan Morrow will start at the WILL linebacker position and should complement Dean in space.

Kyron Johnson and Patrick Johnson also offer depth in the position.

8. Tight end

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Dallas Goedert has All-Pro talent and will be trying to recover from missing 5+ games with a shoulder injury.

Jack Stoll is a talented blocker while Grant Calcaterra will try to establish himself as a capable pass catcher.

Tyree Jackson has potential and will be looking to secure a roster spot.

9. Security

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Reed Blankenship went from undrafted free agent to threatened starter after the free agency exits of Marcus Epps and CJ Gardner-Johnson.

K’Von Wallace was lined up as a starter before Philadelphia added Justin Evans and Terrell Edmunds.

The unit offers versatility and will likely become a strength by mid-season.

Story originally appeared on Eagles Wire

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