That's right nerds, the 2023 NFL Draft just wrapped up less than a week ago and we're already moving on to 2024! With it being the dead zone between the draft and training camp, can you blame me? The king of prospects? Let's look ahead and see what tantalizing prospects might be available next year, and whom the Eagles probably won't take. I did however mock both Carter and Smith to Philly pretty early on, so maybe every squirrel does eventually find his nut.
Round 1, Pick 30: Kamari Lassiter (CB) (Georgia)
Round 2, Pick 51: Bryce Foster (IOL) (Texas A&M)
HEIGHT: 6 ft 5 in | WEIGHT: 325 lbs | PROSPECT RANK: #48
Round 2, Pick 63: Ja'Corey Brooks (WR) (Alabama)
HEIGHT: 6 ft 2 in | WEIGHT: 192 lbs | PROSPECT RANK: #72
The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best receiving groups in the NFL between AJ Brown, Devonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert. However with that in mind, former sixth round pick Quez Watkins is looking to bounce back from a poor showing in 2022, and newcomer Olamide Zaccheaus is only signed for 1-year. Continuing another trend of drafting Alabama offensive players, Ja'Corey Brooks is a larger possession type receiver with long arms, soft hands, and good downfield tracking. In 2021 as a true freshman, Brooks saw little time catching passes behind John Metchie, Jameson Williams, and Slade Bolden. In 2022, he stepped into a larger role recording 39 catches for 674 yards, and 8 TDs, averaging 17.3 yards per catch as one of Bryce Young's top targets. In 2023, the Alabama junior will look to take another step forward with a new quarterback at the helm.
NFL Comparison: Zay Jones
Round 3, Pick 95: Smael Mondon Jr. (LB) (Georgia)
HEIGHT: 6 ft 3 in | WEIGHT: 220 lbs | PROSPECT RANK: #88
Yep, I've done it again folks. Another Georgia bulldog to add to the defensive mix. Smael Mondon Jr. is a rangy defender who's a tad undersized, but hits like a ton of bricks. He has good instincts and above average reaction skills, showcasing the ability to move sideline-to-sideline with speed and fluidity, as well as being able to carry tight ends and running backs out of the backfield in coverage. Mondon Jr. led the Georgia Bulldogs in tackles in 2022 with 76, adding 1 sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 interception to his resume. Right now the Eagles two true starting linebackers are Nakobe Dean and Nicholas Morrow barring any moves before the season begins. Hopes are high for Dean, but Morrow is on just a 1-year deal. Mondon Jr. took over for Dean in 2022 and never looked back, he'd be the perfect fit as his counterpart in the NFL.
NFL Comparison: Brian Asamoah
Round 4, Pick 112: Roger Rosengarten (OT) (Washington)
HEIGHT: 6 ft 6 in | WEIGHT: 303 lbs | PROSPECT RANK: #124
The Eagles have had the benefit of fantastic tackle play for the better part of the last decade. However, 33 year old Lane Johnson isn't getting any younger and swing tackle Jack Driscoll is a free agent after the 2023 season. Philadelphia could find themselves in need of offensive tackle depth in a hurry. Roger Rosengarten was the starting right tackle for the Washington Huskies in 2022 as a sophomore earning All Pac-12 and First Team All-American honors. Rosengarten is strong with sufficient athleticism to set and edge and wash defenders away. He shows a good understanding of fundamentals and utilizing his natural size for leverage.
NFL Comparison: Andrew Wylie
Round 4, Pick 127: Barryn Sorrell (EDGE) (Texas)
HEIGHT: 6 ft 3 in | WEIGHT: 266 lbs | PROSPECT RANK: #144
Right now the Philadelphia Eagles boast one of the league's best defensive line and EDGE groups, which was responsible for a league leading 70 sacks in 2022. However, the defensive end position could find itself rather barren by the end of the 2023 season, with Brandon Graham possibly leaving for retirement, and Derek Barnett a free agent. That would leave the Eagles with just former sixth round pick Tarron Jackson as the other defensive end on the roster. Barryn Sorrell is an intriguing EDGE prospect with tons of explosiveness and power to go around. He notched 44 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 forced fumble as a sophomore in 2022. The third year will look to leave a defensive impact on the field in 2023, with his teammates Moro Ojomo and DeMarvion Overshown headed to the NFL.
NFL Comparison: Chauncey Gholston