I believe that to properly analyze the 2017 IDPs you need to have an idea of how they’ll ALL perform so you can benchmark and compare them effectively. So I built a model using past performance, efficiency, scheme information and coaching tendencies to predict what will happen in 2017. I’ve applied that to my best estimates for how teams will use players this year which gives a projection and ranking for all IDPs. You can read more about what I did and how here.
The Eagles are one of those teams I don’t really have strong feelings about. Even during the period they went to the NFC Championship game all those times in a row, it never felt like they were a top team. They’ve rarely been bad enough to feel sorry for either. Maybe it’s because I’ve never visited the city beyond the airport for transfers. Either way, I’m not that excited about them for 2017 and beyond which is strange given they’ve got a line in particular that looks fearsome. Let’s see if that will translate into IDP production, shall we?
Fletcher Cox, DT
Cox is the top of the tree. He’s my #1 tackle for 2017. Jim Schwartz is clearly a top line coach and with the array of talent on the line they’ve attained this should be a really tough unit to gameplan for. And Cox may be the best player on the unit. I remember Bill Belichick expounding only a year and a bit ago about what a great player he is. I think this season will be when he becomes a real star.
Key stats: 864 snaps, 35 solo tackles, 18 assists, eight sacks, three passes defended.