With receiver and cornerback dominating the discussion as the biggest needs for the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker has gone a little bit under the radar as a positional need for the Eagles heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Nate Gerry, a former safety, is the only linebacker on the Eagles depth chart that started for the team last year, and the Eagles did just sign former Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown to a one year contract which should give them some comfort about their linebacker room heading into the draft. Brown does have the ability to play the mike up the middle having come from playing in the middle in a 3-4 with the Chargers, but I think adding a another linebacker that can play up the middle, sliding Brown to the strong side and putting Gerry on the weak side would solidify their linebacker core.
Logan Wilson would be an excellent pick for the Eagles in the second round. Logan Wilson is a 6’2, 250 pound linebacker from Wyoming, he is a four year starter, he played in 13 games in 2019, recorded 62 solo tackles, 43 assisted(105 total), had 8.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 Int’s with one of them being a pick 6. Wilson has gone under the radar during the draft process being projected in the back end of the top 10 linebackers in this class. Wilson has recorded 409 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 10 Int’s and 7 sacks in his career at Wyoming and in my opinion I think Wilson should be LB4 behind Patrick Queen in this class.
Logan Wilson isn’t a sideline to sideline linebacker who can cover a large amount of ground and run stride for stride with these speed backs on the edge but he makes up with it with his natural instincts and his very good tackling ability in space, as he feels out and dissects the play very well and often breaks on the play before it even has time to develop and ends up making a play in the backfield. Wilson is very good in coverage as well, he’s not the most athletic, but he’s smooth enough in enough in space to succeed and his instincts once again make up for it, as he reads the quarterback’s eyes well in zone coverage making a handful of plays in his college career.
I know the league is getting faster and teams are looking for these 235 pound linebackers that can run sideline to sideline with ease but Wilson has enough speed to be effective and his instincts really make up for it and that is a very important trait a linebacker should have. I think Logan Wilson has All-Pro ability and ends up being a steal for a team in the second or third round, and the Eagles should give him a hard look when those rounds come around. With them releasing Nigel Bradham earlier this offseason, the Eagles still have a hole at that position and the combination of Wilson at the mike, Brown on the strong side and Gerry on the weak side would be a nice solid linebacker core for the Eagles in 2020.