The NFL Network is more than halfway through revealing their list of 'The Top 100 NFL players of 2011' as part of a 10-part series that covers 10 players at a time.
Starting from No.100, the first Eagle on the list at No.73 is DE Trent Cole. He has been with the Birds his entire six-year career after getting drafted in 2005 in the fifth round out of Cincinnati. Cole has 57 career sacks including a team-high 12 1/2 in 2009 and 10 last season. These numbers are especially impressive given the fact that he is Philadelphia's only legitimate pass rusher on the defensive line.
The only other Eagle in the first 60 players chosen is CB Asante Samuel; coming in at No. 54 on the list. He is an eight-year veteran who began his career in New England in 2003. Samuel came to the Eagles in 2008 as an unrestricted free-agent and immediately helped to improve a defensive secondary that was lacking a true playmaker at the cornerback position. The rap on Samuel over the years has been his inability to effectively play the run, but his 42 career interceptions with five returned for touchdowns help justify the lofty ranking.
Stay tuned to see what other Eagles might have made the list as the next 10 names are released.