Ranking the Eagles’ 5 Offseason Acquisitions
The Eagles have added five new players since the free agent period opened for business, four via free agency and one, Darius Slay, in a trade with Detroit for a third and fifth-round pick.
He is how I would rate the impact of each acquisition:
1) Darius Slay: Regarded as the top cornerbacks in the NFL, Slay regularly traveled all over the field, matching up with opposing teams top wide outs. Coming off his third straight Pro Bowl appearance, Slay finally gives the Eagles a top-tier CB that they have lacked during the Doug Pederson/Jim Schwartz era.
He is a play-making corner, with 19 career interceptions and 105 passes defended since entering the league with Detroit in 2013. Last year in Detroit, Slay had two interceptions in 14 games, breaking up 13 passes.
2) Javon Hargrave: One of the NFL’s most underrated defensive tackles, Hargrave, paired with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson, give the Eagles a very promising trip in the interior of their defense.
Hargrave, 27, was Pro Football Focus' No. 12 interior lineman among 119 qualifiers last season and could better his four sacks playing next to Cox in Philadelphia.
3) Nickell Robey-Coleman: A clot corner while in LA and Buffalo, he projects to be a full-time starter here, as the Eagles slot-corner.
He has been one of the best slot coverage cornerbacks in the NFL over the past several seasons. Since joining the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, he has been the 15th most valuable cornerback in the NFL according to PFF WAR.
4) Will Parks: Parks will be one of the pieces the Eagles will look to, in replacing Malcolm Jenkins at safety. A Swiss army knife, he has played in the slot and at free safety but has a good chance at getting plenty of snaps in Jim Schwartz's defense because his is versatility.
5) Jatavius Brown: Brown was a starter in each of his first three seasons with the Chargers, but saw his less snaps in 2019. He is a undersized linebacker, but has the ability to play multiple positions and special teams. He could surprise and should be in the mix for plenty of playing time with the Eagles lack of depth at the position