The Philadelphia Eagles had a disappointing 2011 season which saw them fall short of the playoffs. But their offseason, at least according to ESPN's Matt Williamson, has been significantly better.
Williamson gave the Eagles an 'A' in his NFL offseason grades, predicting that the Eagles will have one of the NFL's best defenses in the upcoming season.
But it's the Eagles' defense that has me so excited. It took far too long in 2011, but the Eagles look to have finally figured out the best way to use their defensive personnel, particularly their cover men. With the drafting of Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry, I think that Philadelphia has the best defensive line in the NFL (edging out the Giants). Just think of the foursome the Eagles will field on throwing downs to rush the passer: Jason Babin and Trent Cole on the outside with Cox and Cullen Jenkins attacking up the middle. Plus, the line depth is just superb, so they should always be fresh.
Linebacker was a massive problem last season. Although Ryans might no longer be a Pro Bowl-caliber 'backer, he does fit the Eagles' scheme much better than the 3-4 he comes from in Houston. In addition to Ryans, picking Kendricks (at No. 46) should yield immediate dividends on the outside with the rookie's great blend of explosion and speed.