» 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 pickMarcus 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 pickJaylen 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.