Eagles Mailbag: What to Expect From Darren Sproles, NFL Draft Priorities, More

There's no Eagles football this Sunday as we wait for Monday Night Football vs. Washington, but we have a mailbag to hold you over. 

Half the questions today, half tomorrow. 

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Let's get to it: 

I think the Eagles need talent at enough different positions that they can't really go into this draft wanting one position. But I think there's a good chance they go with an offensive or defensive lineman in the first round. The Eagles always put a ton of stock in building on both lines and they could use help in both areas. 

On offense, Jason Peters is 36 and it's time to find his replacement. Maybe Jordan Mailata will become a great player, but I don't think they can count on that. 

On defense, I expect there to be some turnover this offseason. Brandon Graham is going to be a free agent and a team can never have too many pass rushers. If there's someone who makes sense inside or outside, I could see them using their first-rounder there.  

I'm not ready to get into the next draft just yet, but Isaac Seumalo has actually been playing pretty well at left guard this season. I really questioned the decision to bench Stefen Wisniewski in favor of Seumalo earlier in the season, but Seumalo has been getting better and better. I think Seumalo's putting on weight has really helped him play guard. I keep hearing that his natural position is center, but Jason Kelce is still playing at a really high level and the Eagles aren't going to be ready to move on from him for a while. I think Seumalo can be a good guard and can play tackle in a pinch. I don't think he's a long-term solution at tackle. 

I think we'll see Sproles come back and immediately return punts and play somewhere around 12-15 snaps on Monday. I think he'll be the guy to sort of take over the third-down role from Corey Clement. I think we're still going to see a running back by committee system even with Josh Adams taking over as the starter. 

Based on what I've seen so far, I have a hard time imagining Tate will be back for a couple reasons. The first is money. He's going to be a free agent and will make a nice bit of money on the open market. The Eagles are already paying Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor on his fifth-year option. Not sure they can afford to pay another receiver big money. And why would Tate want to stay? This offense stinks and they can't seem to get him involved. Maybe he'll just end up loving it here and love playing with Carson Wentz, but if I had to bet right now, I think he's gone. 

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