Mock draft season ends tonight!
As the 2023 NFL draft quickly approaches, analysts from outlets across the country project which hopeful collegiate athletes will hear their name called in Kansas City … and at what number.
Philadelphia has six picks – below is the order:
Round 1 – 10th overall
Round 1 – 30th overall
Round 2 – 62nd overall
Round 3 – 94th overall
Round 7 – 219th overall
Round 7 – 248th overall
Who will the team select to bolster the roster that saw NFC Champion-caliber success in 2022? Fans will have to wait until tonight (tune in to Eagles Draft Central, presented by Dietz & Watson at 7:30 PM online and on our social media channels.
Until then, below is a compilation of what analysts have predicted (since March 7) the Eagles could do with their first-round picks, and why.
Round 1 – 10th overall
|Charles Davis – NFL Media Analyst||4/26||RB Bijan Robinson|
|Bruce Feldman – The Athletic||3/31||RB Bijan Robinson|
Why? Here's what The Athletic's Bruce Feldman had to say:
"(Lukas) Van Ness might've made sense here, but he's gone. Philly needs more help at safety than corner and it's too soon to jump for Brian Branch or Sydney Brown. They need some help at running back, and this is one of the most gifted prospects to come along in a few years. The 5 feet 11, 215-pounder who ran 4.46 at the combine with a 1.52 10-yard split is the complete package and was the best thing Texas football had in a long time. He thrived despite playing with shaky QBs and an inexperienced O-line." Tap for more on Bijan Robinson from The Athletic.
|Dave Zangaro – NBCSP||4/25||OT Paris Johnson Jr.|
|Eric Edholm – NFL.com||4/24||OT Paris Johnson Jr.|
Why? Here's what NFL.com's lead draft writer Eric Edholm had to say:
"Trader" Howie Roseman certainly could move down ... or maybe up to leapfrog Chicago for Jalen Carter? Everything is on the table. The Eagles have the freedom to target specific players with how loaded they are. But here, they land a gifted, long, smart blocker with positional versatility in Johnson, who could challenge Cam Jurgens for the starting right guard spot this year and eventually be Lane Johnson's replacement at right tackle." Tap for more from Edholm.
|Bucky Brooks – NFL.com||4/25||Edge Myles Murphy|
Why? Here's what NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks had to say:
The Eagles do not mind investing in front-line personnel in the first round. Murphy adds another athletic pass rusher to a deep, talented rotation that wears opponents down over 60 minutes. Tap for more from Bucky Brooks.
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3|
|Barrett Brooks — NBCSP||4/14||Edge Nolan Smith|
|Josh Edwards – CBS||4/3||Edge Nolan Smith|
|Jordan Reid – ESPN||3/29||Edge Nolan Smith|
|Bucky Brooks – NFL.com||3/28||Edge Nolan Smith|
|Eric Edholm – NFL.com||3/27||Edge Nolan Smith|
|Jimmy Kempski – Philly Voice||3/22||Edge Nolan Smith|
Why? Here's what NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks had to say:
"The freak athlete could serve as an apprentice to Brandon Graham for a season before cracking the lineup as a full-time starter and disruptive playmaker on the edges."
|Mel Kiper – ESPN||4/11||T Peter Skoronski|
|Nate Tice & Diante Lee – The Athletic||3/28||T Peter Skoronski|
|Lance Zierlein||4/4||T Peter Skoronski|
Why? This is what ESPN's Mel Kiper had to say:
"This could be a spot for an edge rusher, but Philadelphia can keep a strength a strength by taking Skoronski. With right guard Isaac Seumalo departing in free agency, there's an opening, and many NFL talent evaluators believe Skoronski has All-Pro potential if he moves inside. He started 33 games at left tackle in college, but his arms are slightly shorter than average for a tackle (32¼ inches). The Eagles lost both of their starting safeties this offseason, but they could find at least one replacement on Day 2 of the draft."
|Bo Wulf – The Athletic||3/22||CB Christian Gonzalez|
Why? Here's what The Athletic's Bo Wulf had to say:
"Howie Roseman's M.O. with a pick this high is to target a player or two for a small trade-up to ensure he lands a difference-maker, especially with expectations of not picking this early again in the near-term future. But neither (Will) Anderson nor (Jalen) Carter fell within range, leaving the Eagles to choose between a cornerback, an edge rusher like Nolan Smith, or another offensive lineman to place in the Jeff Stoutland University apprenticeship program.
"It might look like the cornerback need is lessened by the re-signing of James Bradberry and extension for Darius Slay, but both players are over 30, and Slay is not assured of being on the team in 2024. Enter Gonzalez, the top-rated cornerback on Dane Brugler's board, who backed up an impressive college career with a standout performance at the Combine."
|Dane Brugler – The Athletic||4/17||Edge Lukas Van Ness|
|Charles Davis – NFL.com||4/13||Edge Lukas Van Ness|
|Bleacher Report NFL Scouting Dept.||3/31||Edge Lukas Van Ness|
|Todd McShay – ESPN||4/4||Edge Lukas Van Ness|
Why? Here's what ESPN's Todd McShay had to say:
"Van Ness has the arm length and footspeed to dominate off the edge, and I love the versatility that comes with his game. He's arguably even more effective rushing the passer as a 3-technique. Philadelphia lost Javon Hargrave and re-signed Fletcher Cox to only a one-year deal, so I could see Van Ness and Jordan Davis wreaking havoc from the interior. GM Howie Roseman loves building up the trenches, and Van Ness can make an immediate impact there after 14 sacks over two seasons at Iowa.
I still think Texas running back Bijan Robinson would be interesting in this offense, even though that isn't a position Roseman prioritizes early in the draft. He's a top-five talent in this class and fits seamlessly in this run-heavy offense. But Kenneth Gainwell looked solid at the end of last season, Rashaad Penny will be a big contributor if he stays healthy and they could still add a veteran like Ezekiel Elliott." Tap for more from Todd McShay.
|Ryan Wilson – CBS||4/17||CB Devon Witherspoon|
Why? Here's what CBS's Ryan Wilson had to say:
"The Eagles could choose to go EDGE here but the top three are already off the board, and maybe even running back Bijan Robinson is a consideration. Instead, Philly restocks the secondary with Devon Witherspoon, who will be in the running for CB1. He played at 180 during the fall but he came in a 185 and blazed a 4.40 at a recent workout, solidifying his place as one of the best defensive players in this class." Tap for his 7-round mock draft.
Round 1 – 30th overall
|Bucky Brooks – NFL.com||4/25||DL Keion White|
Why? Here's what NFL.com's Bucky Brooks had to say:
"The Eagles add a combo defender with inside-outside playmaking ability at the line of scrimmage. White can man multiple positions along the defensive front and should fit well within Philly's blue-collar pass-rush rotation." Tap for his complete mock draft.
|Todd McShay||4/4||DE Will McDonald IV|
"Let's double-dip on pass-rushers for the Eagles in Round 1 (they landed Van Ness at No. 10). It was one of the team's biggest strengths last season with an NFL-high 70 sacks, but Philly could use more depth there. Brandon Graham re-upped with the Eagles, but he's 34 years old. Robert Quinn might be out the door after he was acquired last November.
With long arms and plenty of explosion, McDonald hunts quarterbacks. He picked up 27 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss over the past three seasons and could be a Day 1 contributor as a rotational pass-rusher before developing into a starter off the edge to replace some of the aging players in this unit." Tap for more draft analysis from Todd McShay.
|Eric Edholm – NFL.com||4/24||DL Bryan Bresee|
|Jordan Reid – ESPN||3/29||DL Bryan Bresee|
|Nate Tice & Diante Lee – The Atheltic||3/28||DL Bryan Bresee|
|Zach Berman – The Athletic||3/22||DL Bryan Bresee|
Why? Here's what ESPN Analyst Jordan Reid had to say:
"I gave the Eagles outside linebacker Nolan Smith at No. 10, and I'm sticking with the front seven here. Bresee suits the versatility of the Eagles' scheme. He has played every position along the line but projects best as a 3-technique tackle. His agility and quickness make him capable of playing off the edge in late-down situations, which is what he did frequently in college. Although Bresee must be more consistent, it will help him to go to a team with a veteran defense, which Philadelphia has. He has the potential to be a mainstay next to 2022 first-rounder Jordan Davis." Tap here for more from Jordan Reid.
|Dane Brugler – The Athletic||4/17||S Brian Branch|
|Chad Reuter – NFL.com||3/24||S Brian Branch|
|Danny Kelly – The Ringer||3/21||S Brian Branch|
Why? Here's what the Athletic's Dane Brugler had to say:
Despite his lack of elite size (190 pounds) and speed (4.58-second 40-yard dash), Branch has a near-universal approval rating around the league because of his tape and football IQ. Whether he plays safety or nickel, he'd be an immediate upgrade in the Philadelphia secondary. Tap for Brugler's 7-round mock draft.
|Charles Davis – NFL Media Analyst||4/26||DL Calijah Kancey|
|Josh Edwards – CBS||4/3||DL Calijah Kancey|
|Mel Kiper – ESPN||3/21||DL Calijah Kancey|
Why? Here's what ESPN's Todd McShay had to say:
"Eagles GM Howie Roseman loves building his roster up from the trenches, and after landing an impact running back in Robinson earlier in Round 1, he can pick up one of the biggest Combine standouts here. Kancey ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a defensive tackle at the Combine since 2006, turning in a 4.67. He's a disruptive player with explosive traits, and he had 14.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. But he's a bit of a 'tweener at 281 pounds, meaning he might move around Philly's defensive line." Tap for more draft analysis from Todd McShay.
|Dave Zangaro – NBCSP||4/25||DL Adetomiwa Adebawore|
|Eric Edholm – NFL.com||3/27||DL Adetomiwa Adebawore|
|Chad Reuter – NFL.com||3/24||DL Adetomiwa Adebawore|
|Eliot Shorr-Parks – 94WIP||3/7||DL Adetomiwa Adebawore|
Why? Here's what NFL.com's Eric Edholm had to say:
|Josh Tolentino – Philadelphia Inquirer||4/13||OT Dawand Jones|
Why? Here's what the Inquirer's Josh Tolentino had to say:
"Whenever Lane Johnson decides to hang up his cleats, presumably within the next two years, could you imagine Jordan Mailata (6-foot-8, 365 pounds) and Jones (6-foot-8, 374 pounds) manning the tackle spots? Jones is a massive right tackle with an overwhelming frame and powerful hands. He has some deficiencies in foot speed, but has there ever been a puzzle that position coach Jeff Stoutland hasn't been able to solve? The Eagles' overall philosophy is building up from the trenches. With Johnson potentially retiring after the 2024 season, Jones would have plenty of time to develop into an NFL starter." Tap for more from Tolentino.
|Charles Davis – NFL.com||4/13||WR Jalin Hyatt|
Why? Here's what NFL.com's Charles Davis had to say:
GM Howie Roseman brings in some big-time speed to serve as WR3 behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. If there's a surprise and a second running back goes in the first round, Alabama's Jahmyr Gibbs could be a fit for Philadelphia. Tap for more from Davis.
|Josh Edwards – CBS||4/21||DT Keeanu Benton|
Why? Here's what CBS's Josh Edwards had to say:
"Similar to Detroit, Philadelphia doubles down on the defensive line. The defensive line has always been a position of strength for the defending NFC champions and it will remain that way under the direction of general manager Howie Roseman." Tap for his mock draft.
Round 2 – 62nd overall
|Chad Reuter – NFL.com||3/24||LB Jack Campbell|
Why? Here's what NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter had to say:
"Campbell could have played Division I basketball after helping his Cedar Falls High School squad win Iowa state titles as a junior and senior. He chose to sign with the Hawkeyes' football program, though, playing in 11 games as a reserve as a true freshman. He missed the first three games of 2020 due to an illness but came back to play in five games off the bench (29 tackles, 4.5 for loss with one sack, one interception, three pass breakups). Campbell broke out as a junior, garnering third-team All-Big Ten Conference and the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player honors by leading the FBS with 143 tackles (3.5 for loss) in 14 starts. He also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, broke up six others, and forced one fumble. He starred for the Hawkeyes again in 2022 (128 tackles, 5.5 for loss in 13 starts), winning the Dick Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and garnering first-team Associated Press All-American and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year recognition. Campbell also received the 2022 William V. Campbell Award, also known as the Academic Heisman." Tap for more from Chad Reuter.
|Josh Edwards – CBS||4/21||WR Marvin Mims|
|Chris Franklin – NJ.com||3/20||WR Marvin Mims|
Why? Here's what NJ.com's Chris Franklin had to say:
"Mims would fit with the Eagles because of his detailed route-running, ability to make plays downfield, and experience as a returner. Mims caught 54 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns for the Sooners while averaging 16 yards per punt return on 10 attempts. Mims could play in the slot in four-wide receiver formations early on as he gets used to the playbook and eventually be in a competition with Quez Watkins for the third receiver job. Tap for Chris Franklin’s 7-round Eagles mock draft."
|Jimmy Kempski||3/22||DT Gervon Dexter|
Why? Here's what Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski had to say:
"Dexter is a big, strong, athletic beast of a man who has the ability to dominate one-on-one matchups in the trenches. He is a particularly good run defender who can shoot gaps with his quickness, or two-gap and hold the point of attack. The latter skill is one that NFL teams found less valuable for a while, but are now coming back to, as noted by Daniel Jeremiah.
"Of course, the Eagles traded up for such a player in the 2022 draft in Jordan Davis. Like Davis, Dexter is a player who has not played a ton of college snaps, and a quick glance of his stats won't wow anyone. Also like Davis, Dexter possesses a rare blend of size and athleticism … Dexter can play a bunch of positions along the defensive line, and his appeal to the Eagles would be that he and Davis would allow Sean Desai to play coverage on the back end, while also possessing upside as a pass rusher." Tap for Jimmy Kempski’s full mock draft.