The twitter rumor mill has been circling heavily as of late. That can only mean one thing, draft day is officially here. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently being connected to multiple different prospects, reports stating the Eagles are looking into trading up, trading down, taking a certain position. In reality, no one knows what the Eagles will do. But, I will do my best to predict accordingly. Here are five predictions ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Eagles trade up for Jalen Carter
The Eagles set their sights on a specific player and the board falls there way. I predict that if Jalen Carter makes it Atlanta’s pick at No. 8, Eagles vice president/general manager Howie Roseman will trade up to secure his guy. Carter is widely considered the top prospect in this year’s class, but off-field issues have caused his stock to drop.
Carter fits a need for the Eagles, who recently lost Pro Bowl DT Javon Hargrave to the San Francisco 49ers. The former Bulldog also has familiarity with members of the team. Former teammates Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean are both expected to take the next step and become starters for the Eagles defense. Re-connecting Carter, Davis and Dean could be a positive for all three and their transition.
It was also made known by Carter that the Eagles are interested. When asked if the thinks the team will take him at No. 10 if he’s available, Carter replied “Yes sir, I believe so.”
Eagles trade out of No. 30
I think the Eagles game plan heading into the draft night is to move out of pick 30. I think they’ll attempt to do so whether they trade up or not. But if they trade up, they will most certainly be trying to move out of the first round. Teams could be willing to move back into the first round if a specific wide receiver or cornerback falls.
The Eagles have six picks entering the draft. If they trade up, they’ll most likely give up one in this draft, though its possible Roseman will try to give up a pick for next year’s draft.
Eagles take a quarterback
Fresh off of extending franchise quarterback Jalen Hurts for $255 million dollars, the Eagles opt to draft a quarterback. I predict that the team will target UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson with one of their seventh round picks.
Yes, the Eagles did just give Marcus Mariota $5 million this offseason to serve as the team’s backup. But that was only for one year. Thompson-Robinson provides a similar skillset as Hurts and could serve as the longterm backup on a cheap rookie deal.
Despite a need for WR3, the Eagles don’t select one
The Eagles need a WR3. That is apparent. Quez Watkins dissapointed last season, aiding to social media begging for him to be replaced in the offseason. The team then went out and signed Olamide Zaccheaus, a 25-year-old that formerly played for the Falcons.
While Zaccheaus and Watkins boasted similar stats, Zaccheaus will have a great opportunity to outshine Watkins during training camp and earn himself the starting slot role.
Eagles take a running back early
With the departure of Miles Sanders, who signed with the Carolina Panthers in free agency, the Eagles have an opening of 250-plus touche in a run-powered offense. While the team ‘really loves’ Kenneth Gainwell, and recently having signed Rashaad Penny to a one year deal, it’s just not enough.
I expect the Eagles to target possibly two running backs in the first two rounds, those being Bijan Robinson and Jahmyr Gibbs. If they fail to land one of them, guys like Zach Charbonnet, Israel Abanikanda and Tyjae Spears could peak their interest. All three provide bell cow potential and have the stats to back it up.
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