We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Eagles' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 8, the interior defensive linemen
Gone are the days when Fletcher Cox deserved to be compared with Aaron Donald. He's far from his best level now; while he remains a very good piece, he's not an elite defensive tackle anymore. With a smaller contract and less pressure on him, we might see a very good year from Cox again. He thrives on taking double blocks from the offensive line and creating space for the rest of the defensive line.
Another star from this group is Javon Hargrave. He had a really good 2021 after a disappointing first season in Philadelphia, thriving as a pass rusher and earning the first Pro Bowl berth of his career after a 7.5-sack season. He's a good complement to Cox: one does the dirty job as a 0t, and the other makes for a great pass rusher through the inside.
Milton Williams had some very good flashes as a rookie, but it's difficult for him to crack the starting lineup with Cox and Hargrave there. At least he provides good play when the starters are resting; the same goes for Marlon Tuipulotu, although he's behind Williams in the rotation.
Interior defensive linemen room grade: 4,5/5. There's a clear plan for the Eagles at the position and if one of the stars goes down, depth shouldn't be much of an issue. It's a really great defensive line for Philadelphia.