Trent Cole performed better than many had predicted switching from defensive end to outside linebacker in 2013, but he'll be 32 in October. Brandon Graham excelled at times after making the same transition, but he has lobbied for a trade and is in the last year of his contract.

Connor Barwin is the prototype jack-of-all-trades 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Eagles don't have young, developmental talent in the pipeline that screams "future starter," unless you believe general manager Howie Roseman's recent praise of Travis Long.

Even an optimist would admit that the Eagles need edge rushers. And yet, aside from Barwin and a few minor acquisitions, the team has done little to address a position of great importance after Chip Kelly spearheaded the move to a 3-4 last offseason.

The way Roseman tells it, not many outside linebackers in free agency and last year's draft were worth the asking price. And according to many NFL talent evaluators, there won't be many in this week's draft.