Will the Eagles Take a DT in the First Round?
The Eagles have re-signed defensive tackle Derek Landri to a one-year contract.
So what does this mean for free agent defensive tackle Trevor Laws? Laws visited the Rams last Thursday and the Bucs were showing interest in free agent defensive tackle Derek Landri.
While neither Laws or Landri were starters last season, they both played a key role in the Eagles rotation at the position behind Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins.
While the Eagles have resigned Jenkins, he is 31-years old but had a solid season, notching 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Meanwhile there are questions about Patterson, who said he "most definitely" expects to be ready for OTAs following off season brain surgery. He still must get the green light from the Eagles medical staff, so it's not set in stone that he will be ready to play. Patterson had a tangle of blood vessels removed from his brain after the season, and said the procedure "went great.
However, can Patterson, 28, be counted on long-term now?
Then there is Antonio Dixon, a guy they found off the scrap-heap two season ago when the Redskins let him walk. The 6'3', 322 pound tackle signed a one-year contract this off season after missing all but four games last season with a torn triceps last season. Dixon made just four tackles before being sent to injured reserve. He started 10 games in 2010, making 30 tackles and two sacks.
If Laws walks, the Eagles are left with Jenkins, Patterson, Dixon and now Landri, which might prompt them to look at defensive tackle in the draft. Even in bringing back one of those tackles, there is a good chance they will need insurance for Patterson and a aging Jenkins.
The Birds brought Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, considered by some draft analysts to be the top defensive tackle prospect in this year's draft.
They also reportedly hosted LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers recently.
So will defensive tackle be the pick at 15?
April 26 will be here before we know it and the anticipation is growing by the day.