Eagles’ Rank Near Bottom of ESPN’s Future Power Rankings
The Philadelphia Eagles have two and potentially three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, which could help them turn things around from their 4-11-1 season to a more successful one sooner than later. However, its not enough to impress team team of ESPN NFL insider when ranking the teams projections for the next three seasons.
ESPN’s annual Future Power Rankings, which looks at team projections for the next three seasons, wasn't kind to the Eagles, ranking 30th overall, due in part to their blend of veterans players and younger unproven guys per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
A panel of analysts are asked to rate each NFL team based on roster (30% of total score), quarterback (20%), draft (15%), front office (15%) and coaching (20%) to combine for a ranking.
The roster in Philly right now is a unique blend of veterans who can help you win (Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, Darius Slay, etc.) and a young core that could be the foundation for the future. With potentially three first-round picks next year, the Eagles can be aggressive if desired next offseason when a more palatable cap situation is upon them. New head coach Nick Sirianni has a chance to groom Jalen Hurts this year, but the roster has clear spots to upgrade on both sides of the ball.
The panel graded Philadelphia near the bottom of the pack in almost all areas, with the overall roster (28th not including the QB), quarterback (30th), coaching (31st), draft (27th) and the front office (27th).
Analyst Louis Riddick wonders if the relationship between the front office and new coach Nick Sirianni will be on the same page, something that seemed to be an issue with Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson.
Lack of philosophical alignment and relationship management between the coaching staff and front office is what sunk this team in recent years, and correcting it will go a long way toward getting this organization back on the path to competing for a Super Bowl. But do the Eagles have the right pieces in place?
If there’s one thing the Eagles can hope is better over the next few seasons, it’s the nucleus of young talent on the offensive side of the ball, writes Fowler.
Philly finally has young, promising skill players on offense. The Eagles aged quickly on the perimeter, but a nucleus of Dallas Goedert, DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor will be a threat. Goedert is a top-10 tight end right now, and Smith has low-bust threshold. The man knows how to get open
Of course, the play of Jalen Hurts will go a long way in the success of a lot of these young weapons, but if they can all grow together, Philadelphia could move up this list quickly.
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