This Mock Draft is gonna be a semi-realistic, not as flashy draft meant to introduce some under the radar flyers that might make their way on the Eagle’s roster.
Round 1, Pick 22: Nate Wiggins CB Clemson
Everybody wants/expects the Eagles to draft a Corner in the upcoming draft. Both of their corners are age 30 or above and either struggled with injuries or poor play; due to those facts it wouldn’t hurt to add another blue chip corner prospect to the room that could develop and play immediately. Kelee Ringo didn’t play half bad when he was on the field and the Eagles form their younger CB duo with Nate Wiggins from Clemson. Wiggins is seen as a Top-5 corner in this draft class and he gets a chance to learn from some experienced guys in Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Regardless how you feel about Bradberry or his play, the Eagles are gonna have him on their roster due to his contract, giving Wiggins a bridge year to jump in and out and learn from the vets lays the groundwork for him to become one of their starters sooner rather than later.
Round 2, Pick 50: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston
The Eagles are still the Eagles and Howie is still Howie. The foundation of this team is built in the trenches and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Some people have the Eagles drafting a tackle in the first round due to Lane Johnson’s uncertain future. I think Lane still has at least two (maybe even three) years left in the tank. However, that shouldn’t stop the Eagles from drafting Patrick Paul, a 6’7 330 pound monster who could become a top student at the Eagle’s very own Stoutland University. The potential this kid has is unmatched and he would have the opportunity to polish his skills behind a very talented tackle duo in Mailata and Johnson.
TRADE: Eagles Send Round 2: Pick 54 and Round 5: Pick 137 FOR Round 2, Pick 62, and Round 3, Pick 93.
The Eagles feel comfortable with a trade down here, moving down in the second round to upgrade their fifth rounder to another top 100 pick.
Round 2, Pick 62: Payton Wilson, LB, North Carolina State
Linebacker has been a position the Eagles seem to always put on the back burner and they saw the results of that this season. Bringing back Zach Cunningham would be idea to have a vet to pair with Nakobe Dean but adding another legit linebacker is a must. Payton Wilson is a linebacker who has strength’s in coverage (a very weak aspect of the 2023 Eagle’s linebacker corps). His upside in the Fangio defense would be something to be interested in as well as the starters at the position are up in the air and Wilson could take a spot if he shows out.
Round 3, Pick 93: Tykee Smith, S, Georgia
We all know the Eagles need a bit of a makeover all over the secondary but I find it hard to see them investing large amounts of money in the positions given their financial commitment to Bradberry and Slay, meaning they’ve gotta find their players through the draft. We all know how much the Eagles love their Georgia dogs and while they don’t draft one in the first round they get another dog in Tykee Smith. Reed Blankenship is the only trustworthy safety with Byard’s contract being up in the air and Sydney Brown coming off a major injury, nabbing another safety is a smart long term move.
Round 3, Pick 97: Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon
This year’s crop of Running backs isn’t as flashy as years prior but there’s still some very solid backs for the Eagles to choose from. Not too long ago this team was KNOWN for having a scary running game and investing in that identity would be smart. With Kellen Moore taking over the offense I can imagine he wouldn’t mind having a fresh back to work with. Irving is an explosive back that can also line up in the slot if need be. The Eagle’s don't make this pick if they can get Swift back but seeing how efficient he was they might be outpriced, Irving would be a perfect replacement and an exciting running back.
Round 5, Pick 163: Isaiah Williams, WR, Illinois
Quez Watkins is most likely gone after this year and the WR3 spot could be up for grabs. Even if the Eagles find a vet to fill that role drafting another pair of hands is needed. Williams is a 5’8 slot receiver who could slip through defenses with his slight frame and is another guy who could create some space for Hurts to throw.
Round 5, Pick 172: Joe Milton III, QB, Tennessee
The Eagles are still a "QB factory", and they like the potential of Joe Milton. Milton is the 6’5 large arm prospect the Eagles would probably drool over thinking about what he could be. This organization likes having a safe QB2 and has invested in the position heavily throughout the years. It’s possible Milton doesn’t make it all the way down to the fifth round but with the Eagles addressing most of their needs they don’t hesitate to pick him up here.
Round 6, Pick 178: Ty’ron Hopper, LB, Missouri
With as many picks as the Eagles have in this draft it would be smart to double dip at one of their positions and investing in the biggest question mark of the defense would be the clear move. Hopper has some strengths and is known as a "Big Hitter" something I think the Eagles are lacking.
Round 7, Pick 243: Marcus Harris, DL, Auburn
As stated before in this mock, the foundation of the Birds is their investment in the trenches as a depth pick of a defensive lineman at some point is a promise and with Fletcher Cox possibly done after this year they’re gonna need another tackle. Harris isn’t flashy but the Eagles love having big school guys they think they can develop and they land that with Marcus Harris from Auburn.