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Projected 2014 starters: Philadelphia Eagles


Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class.


Philadelphia Eagles Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DE
WR1
OLB
WR2
ILB
WR3
ILB
TE
OLB
LT
CB1
LG
CB2
C
CB3
RG
SS
RT
FS


» Two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Trent Cole is on the wrong side of age 30, but he remains one of Philadelphia's most effective defensive players. That means surprise first-round pick Marcus Smith will likely be eased in behind Cole and Connor Barwin this season. Ultra-productive second-round wide receiver Jordan Matthews will start off as the slot receiver, replacing sticky-handed Jason Avant. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper will start on the outside.

» The rest of the Eagles' draft class will have an uphill battle to make a significant contribution this season. Fourth-round pick Jaylen Watkins -- Sammy's older brother -- has subpackage potential but is joining a crowded cornerback corps with Brandon Boykin entrenched at nickelback and veteran Nolan Carroll added for depth.

» Although DeSean Jackson's playmaking ability will be missed, Chip Kelly can counter with expanded roles for mismatch-generator Darren Sproles and 2013 second-round tight end Zach Ertz. Kelly can also hang his hat on one of the game's dominant offensive lines, which remains intact from last season.

» Nose tackle Bennie Logan will play on early downs, combining with run-stuffing ends Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton for an underrated front line. Coordinator Billy Davis will use nickel and dime packages 65-70 percent of the time, though, which puts a lot of pressure on a secondary that lacked consistency last season.

» With fewer holes than the rest of the teams in the division, the Eagles are the favorites to repeat.

The "Around The League Podcast" wrapped up the draft by picking our winners and losers.

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