Despite how little the Eagles value the linebacker position, it’s still a need that must be addressed in some form or another in the draft. Going into the season with Nate Gerry and T.J Edwards as your starting linebackers is just asking for trouble.
Although Edwards played fine in his limited exposure last season, handing him the starting gig still doesn’t seem warranted. As for Gerry, he finished with a PFF grade of 63.3 last season, good for 34th among all linebackers.
Regardless of how big the question mark is surrounding the team’s linebackers, I wouldn’t expect them to address it early in the draft. The highest Howie Roseman has ever drafted a linebacker was in 2012 when he spent a second round pick on Mychal Kendricks. While that pick turned out to be a solid one, the Eagles haven’t gone that route since, and I don’t expect that to change this time around either.
Here are three linebackers who could be on Howie’s radar entering day two or three in this year’s draft.