Ranking the players on the Philadelphia Eagles roster is a daunting task, but fun at the same time. This will almost surely spark some sort of debate, as this is just a first draft of my rankings. Feel free to make your arguments for or against certain players’ positions in the rankings. Ranking players together who are asked to do completely different tasks for a team is hard, but in the end, everyone likes rankings. Here’s what I came up with, the top 40 players on the Eagles’ current roster:
40. LS Jon Dorenbos
Dorenbos has been a solid long-snapper for years, but considering that’s all he does, it would be hard to rank him any higher.
39. WR Riley Cooper
Cooper may have been the starter last year, but he was incredibly underwhelming and will likely lose out on some snaps in 2015, even with the absence of Jeremy Maclin.
38. ILB Najee Goode
Goode played just one game last year before getting hurt, but he should bounce back this year, especially considering how high Chip Kelly is on him.
37. ILB Bryan Braman
Braman’s main role is to play special teams, which he has done great so far. He earned himself a slight raise this offseason.
36. TE Trey Burton
Burton was primarily one of their special teams aces last year, but he should see the field a bit on offense next year with James Casey gone.
35. ILB Jordan Hicks
Hicks was the team’s third round pick, which was a bit puzzling considering they’re already loaded at inside linebacker. I’d be surprised if he played much actual defense his rookie year.
34. WR Josh Huff
Huff was slightly underwhelming last year as a rookie, but he battled a shoulder injury early on and it’s possible that slowed him down. His return duties will help raise his value.
33. OG Matt Tobin
Tobin will be battling for one of open starting guard slots. It’s yet to be seen if Tobin is the favorite, but he played relatively well in Evan Mathis‘ absence last year.
32. DT Beau Allen
Allen has been a solid backup in the middle of the defensive line, especially for being just a seventh round pick last year.
31. OG Allen Barbre
Barbre seems to be in line to win one of the open starting guard positions. He missed all but part of Week 1 last year when he started at right tackle for Lane Johnson, but he’s solid.
30. S Chris Maragos
Maragos was great last year at exactly what they paid him to do: play special teams. He should continue to do so in 2015.
29. CB Nolan Carroll
Carroll has a chance to win the second starting cornerback position after primarily being fourth on the depth chart last year. He was okay in coverage, but was nothing special, so he’ll have to prove himself in training camp.
28. P Donnie Jones
Jones is a former All-Pro punter, and while he isn’t quite at that level anymore, he still has been more than solid these past couple of years.
27. QB Mark Sanchez
Sanchez was forced to start about half of the season in 2014, and while he wasn’t awful, he wasn’t good enough to lead them to the playoffs. It would be wrong to put him in the top 25.
26. DT Bennie Logan
Logan is almost guaranteed to be the starter again at nose tackle, which he did a good job at last year. He’ll still continue to rotate with Allen though.
25. TE Brent Celek
Celek is still a force as a run-blocker, but his receiving load has mostly been taken off as he’s phased out of the number one tight end slot. Still, he’s a great leader for this offense.
24. DB Eric Rowe
Rowe was the team’s second round pick, and while it still remains to be seen where on the depth chart (and at what position) he’ll be, he should fill in nicely anywhere.
23. DB Walter Thurmond
Thurmond missed 14 games last year due to injury while playing for the Giants, but the year before he was very solid with the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks, in which he made three starts during the regular season. He may be moved to safety this year.
22. K Cody Parkey
Parkey had a sensational season as a rookie last year and made the Pro Bowl. It’ll be hard to top last season, but as long as he doesn’t psych himself out like Alex Henery did, he should be fine.
21. WR Nelson Agholor
Agholor was the team’s first round pick and should immediately take a prominent role in the passing game. Look for him to be the team’s second best receiver by year’s end.