1 (9) - DT Jalen Carter
1 (30) - DE Nolan Smith
3 (65) - OL Tyler Steen
3 (66) - S Sydney Brown
4 (105) - CB Kelee Ringo
6 (188) - QB Tanner McKee
7 (249) - DT Moro Ojomo
Arguably the most talented prospect in this year’s class. If off-field concerns don’t prove to be an issue in the NFL, the Eagles added a disruptive difference-maker on the defensive interior. Adding Carter, who could start next to Fletcher Cox, helps to offset the loss of Javon Hargrave. Reuniting him with Jordan Davis at the NFL level has the potential to be very beneficial for the Birds.
Would’ve been a good pick at No. 10 ... and yet he somehow fell to No. 30. The Eagles got a player who checks off boxes when it comes to leadership, energy, athleticism, and swagger. The idea that he’s undersized might be overstated when considering the modern success of relatively smaller pass rushers (see: Haason Reddick, Micah Parsons, etc.) Smith figures to be a rotational contributor in Year 1 with his role expanding in future seasons.
Big, athletic, versatile offensive lineman who could benefit from refinement. Fortunately for him, Steen has a full ride to Jeff Stoutland University. There’s potential for Steen to compete with Cam Jurgens for the starting job at right guard in 2023. If Steen loses, he’ll be a backup who has the potential to start in the future.
Athletic, physical safety who might be best suited to play in the box. Brown will compete with the likes of Terrell Edmunds, Reed Blankenship, Justin Evans, and K’Von Wallace for a starting job on the back end in Year 1. Brown will also be expected to contribute on special teams.
Tall, fast cornerback who only turns 21 in late June. Ringo arguably held more value to the Eagles than other teams since they don’t need him to play right away. The Georgia rookie will serve as depth behind starters James Bradberry and Darius Slay. Can Ringo earn a role as the top backup corner over the likes of Zech McPhearson and Greedy Williams? We’ll see.
QB TANNER MCKEE
You might not love it but The QB Factory is gonna QB Factory. McKee will compete with Ian Book to be the QB3 in 2023. If he plays well enough, he could the take over for Marcus Mariota as Jalen Hurts’ backup in 2024.
DT Moro Ojomo
Good value pick so late in the draft. Undersized interior defender with long arms and big hands. Has the chance to be a member of the Eagles’ defensive line rotation.
- Very shortly before the 2023 NFL Draft even began, the Eagles and Arizona Cardinals agreed to a tampering trade settlement regarding Jonathan Gannon. The Eagles traded No. 95 and a 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for No. 66 this year.
- The Eagles traded No. 10 and a 2024 fourth-round pick to the Chicago Bears to draft Jalen Carter at No. 9.
- The Eagles traded No. 62 in exchange for No. 65, No. 188, and No. 230.
- The Eagles traded a 2024 third-round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for No. 105 this year to draft Kelee Ringo.
- The Eagles traded a 2025 fourth-round pick and No. 219 to the Detroit Lions in exchange for D’Andre Swift and No. 249. Swift is a fun (though potentially flawed) addition to the Eagles’ backfield.
- The Eagles traded No. 230 and No. 248 in exchange for No. 191. They then flipped No. 191 in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles aren’t nearly done adding talent to their roster; they’ll be immediately signing more players in undrafted free agency. Philadelphia has been able to find some UDFA contributors in recent years such as Reed Blankenship, Britain Covey, Jack Stoll, etc. The hope is that Howie Roseman can find more diamonds in the rough.
WORK TO BE DONE
- The Eagles MUST (read: MUST) add a punter to at least compete with Arryn Siposs. They have to do it after unwisely eschewing the position last year.
- The Eagles will be looking to add some linebacker talent after not adding any in the draft.
- Tight end is another position the Eagles could look to address with undrafted free agency.
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