Eagles may look to add linebacker depth

April, 14, 2014
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There are so many different ways the Philadelphia Eagles can go when the NFL draft takes place next month.

The Eagles have needs at wide receiver, defensive line and special teams among others.

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They also could look to add some depth at linebacker.

DeMeco Ryans played more than 1,000 snaps last season -- 1,156, to be exact, according to Football Outsiders -- and he's going to be 30 in July. Mychal Kendricks developed into a solid player last season, but adding another piece at linebacker would help.

Montana linebacker Jordie Tripp recently visited the Eagles.

Another interesting name is UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. The 6-foot-5 Barr is a converted running back and he blossomed the last two seasons as he compiled 23.5 sacks for the Bruins.

A pass-rusher like Barr, who could play linebacker, would be a huge upgrade for the Eagles. He would probably need some time to improve as a coverage linebacker, but under coach Chip Kelly, he could definitely thrive immediately.

Barr is not lacking confidence as the draft inches closer.

"I think I am the complete package," Barr told the L.A. Times. "I can help a team right away win football games, playoff games and championships. It's something that I always dreamed about. The teams that do pass on me will regret it."

But Barr also realizes he has work to do.

"I don't think I'm a finished product by any means," Barr told FoxSports.com. "There are a lot of areas that I need to work on and improve on. But I think I've been able to learn over the past two years and to do what I've done says a lot. It just shows that I have a lot of room for improvement and growth and if I continue to work at it the sky is the limit."

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