The Philadelphia Eagles have not had a physically imposing safety since Brian Dawkins was in his prime. Not since the early 2000’s have the Eagles truly struck fear into anyone’s hearts.
A lot of that had to do with defensive coordinator Jim Johnson‘s untimely passing. After his death, former Eagles head coach Andy Reid scrambled to find the right coordinator, going from Sean McDermott all the way to converted offensive line coach Juan Castillo. Let’s just say it ended up being a disaster.
The Eagles undoubtedly showed positive signs on defense this past season. The effort was there; players actually wanted to tackle and showed a passion for the game unlike years past. Those were the positives, however, the negatives were a few things the Eagles simply couldn’t control in-season.
They simply lacked sufficient talent at many spots, specifically in the secondary. Take one long look at the newly minted Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. They are ferocious on defense, and they have hard hitters and ball hawks practically everywhere in the secondary.
The Eagles could use a large dose of what the Seahawks have on defense, specifically a guy that patrols the middle and lays the wood to oncoming receivers. As we saw with the Denver Broncos, it makes a receiver think twice about running the proper route when there is an enforcer in the opposing secondary.
He has the size, range, and athletic ability to be an instant impact defender at the next level. He also isn’t afraid to stick his nose in and lay down the law. If the Eagles want to get back to their glory days on defense, this kid would be a heck of a start.