We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Eagles' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 9, the linebackers
Ask any Philadelphia Eagles fan when was the last time they felt that confident in their linebacker group and you'll be surprised with the answer. After many years basically ignoring the position, there's reason to believe that the group will be an Eagles' strength for 2022.
The biggest name is a third-round rookie, in fact. Nakobe Dean arrived as a major steal: no Eagles fan would be upset if he was taken with one of their first-round picks, but they were lucky enough to get him late on the second day. He's not the strongest guy in the world, but he can shoot any gap and cover any receiver with his quickness, lateral agility and coverage skills. He has the potential to be elite.
Another underrated addition is Kyzir White, an athletic linebacker coming from the Chargers who should also give some teams trouble with his work as a coverage 'backer. White is an upgrade over Alex Singleton, who moved to the Broncos after some time with the Eagles.
T.J. Edwards was a competent starter last year; he's not a star, but if Dean or White get hurt, he can give Philadelphia a competent level while they get healthy again.
Linebacker room grade: 3,5/5. Upgrades were made and Dean has superstar potential, but you can never affirm with 100% certainty with rookies. This grade might be upgraded throughout the year.