Let’s say it again for the thousandth time. The Philadephia Eagles haven’t taken a linebacker in the first round of any NFL Draft since 1979 when they acquired Jerry Robinson out of UCLA. If they only had one selection in 2022’s first round, it figures that they probably wouldn’t take one this year either, but with THREE first-round picks, people are asking the question.
Might this be the year? It’s common knowledge that they need one.
T.J. Edwards has established himself. Davion Taylor showed some signs before getting hurt. The Birds love Alex Singleton and Genard Avery but could lose both in free agency. That leaves Shaun Bradley, Christian Elliss, Patrick Johnson, JaCoby Stevens, and Joe Ostman to talk about all offseason.
Yep! Ostman is still hanging around. Let’s talk about the guys entering the draft now.
Here are your top 25 Eagles linebacker prospects.
Who should have thought? Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson can play linebacker too! The question is whether or not he’s a 4-3 or a 3-4 linebacker. can he cover? Heck, can you imagine how much better that Georgia Bulldogs defense would have been had he never transferred?
You know the saying. The more you can do, the better, but here’s a scary prospect. Once seen as someone that could be available for the Eagles at one of those first-round draft choices, Johnson could be off of the board before the Eagles are on the clock.
Here are your top 25 inside and outside 4-3 linebackers Most of the top half would upgrade the Eagles defense and be monsters in Jonathan Gannon’s scheme almost immediately.
- Damone Clark, LSU Tigers
- Devin Lloyd, Utah Utes
- Nakobe Dean, Georgia Bulldogs
- Christian Harris, Alabama Crimson Tide
- Quay Walker, Georgia Bulldogs
- Brandon Smith, Penn State Nittany Lions
- Darrian Beavers, Cincinnati Bearcats
- Chad Muma, Wyoming Cowboys
- Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma Sooners
- Channing Tindall, Georgia Bulldogs
- Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State Nittany Lions
- Troy Andersen, Montana State Bobcats
- Leo Chenal, Wisconsin Badgers
- Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma Sooners
- DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
- Aaron Hansford, Texas A&M Aggies
- Carson Wells, Colorado Buffaloes
- Micah McFadden, Indiana Hoosiers
- Tyree Johnson, Texas A&M Aggies
- Tyrus Wheat, Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin Badgers
- Josh Ross, Michigan Wolverines
- Terrel Bernard, Baylor Bears
- Khalan Tolson, Illinois Fighting Illini
- D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State Mountaineers
Let the balancing acts begin. It’s time for conversations about who can cover and who can’t and who’s a 3-4 guy versus who isn’t. The level of competition these guys faced will help during the evaluation process. So will Pro Days.
Will the Eagles finally break the jinx? Only time will tell. In the meantime, there’s a ton of proof to suggest they’ll have some solid options if they go with a linebacker early. Stay tuned! Things are getting interesting.