By Martin Gallagher
Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks had a fine rookie year in 2015 before he was injured.
He played 450 defensive snaps before a season-ending pectoral. Hicks played an immediate role for the Eagles, with the highest run-stop rate among all linebackers on the team last year.
He projects as a true three-down linebacker.
The only question: Can he stay on the field? Hicks lost two seasons at Texas to hip problems and an Achilles injury. This is starting to become a trend, and it’s the reason he’s a bit lower on this list even though he has top-five talent.