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Kirwan: OG, OLB Among Eagles' Needs

NFL.com Senior Analyst Pat Kirwan breaks down positional needs for every NFC team, entering the draft.

Listed in order of importance, Kirwan says the Eagles need a guard, outside linebacker, safety and defensive end.

His analysis: "The trade rumors surrounding quarterback Donovan McNabb have taken center stage, but the release of RB Brian Westbrook and OT Shawn Andrews created holes that need to be addressed. Signing restricted free-agent RB Mike Bell solves part of the question, but the draft has to provide relief for the offensive line.

"The defense slipped in 2009 in the first year under Sean McDermott, but it's not his fault as the Eagles got down to a third middle linebacker and never recovered from the loss of Brian Dawkins. Look for the Eagles to target three to four defensive players in the draft."

In analyzing the needs of the three other NFC East teams, Kirwan believes Dallas has needs at left tackle, free safety, inside linebacker, kicker and defensive end. Kirwan says the Giants need to address needs at middle linebacker, right tackle, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, cornerback and third-down running back. As for the Redskins, Kirwan lists their needs as left tackle, quarterback, safety, cornerback, center/guard and nose tackle.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 1:00 p.m., March 31

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