The Philadelphia Eagles have a talented front seven this season after grabbing a few players via free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft. However, there are still concerns on whether they have enough depth on the defensive line to make through an entire season.
When looking at the defensive line on paper, they look very good. At the defensive end positions, they have Fletcher Cox who should be a very dominant player for the Eagles for years to come. On the other defensive end position it seems to be a tossup between Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers and Bennie Logan. In my opinion, I believe Thornton is the front-runner in this position, since he is the more talented player of the four. Then you have Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle, who should be able to stuff the run and anchor down that defensive line. So the Eagles should have Cox, Sopoaga and Thornton starting for them this season on the defensive line, but the players behind them are young, inexperienced football players.
Rookies like Logan, Joe Kruger and David King will all most likely struggle in their rookie seasons and they also have a good chance of not really making any sort of impact this year. These are talented rookies that can probably find a role later down the road, but don’t count on them to get a lot of snaps this season.
Players like Curry, Geathers and Antonio Dixon will have to adjust to the new defensive scheme and will be counted on to step in and fill a role if a player on the defensive line goes down. It should be interesting to see if Curry can play the 3-4 defensive end position since he has always played a 4-3 defensive end in college.
So as you can see, there really are no experienced 3-4 players behind the front three. The depth chart shows youth that has potential, which is a good thing. But as of right now, if one of the defensive linemen goes down, then be prepared for them to struggle throughout the season.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50