The Philadelphia Eagles have to address the safety position in the NFL Draft, right?
Nothing screams ‘rebuilding’ at a position more than a shakeup in the starting lineup. When we entered the 2022 NFL offseason, one thought on everyone’s mind was the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles would potentially lose their starting strong and free safety.
Philly got some quality work from Rodney McLeod and Anthony Harris during the 2021-2022 regular season. Along with Marcus Epps, they created a formidable trio as the last line of defense. McLeod and Harris were allowed to walk once the new league year began, but a little over 48 hours later, Harris was back.
If Jonathan Gannon can’t take credit for anything else, outside of two of his defensive linemen making the Pro Bowl (Javon Hargrave and Josh Sweat), he can definitely stick a feather in his cap for the work his secondary did.
Darius Slay made the Pro Bowl. Avonte Maddox and the aforementioned Epps took steps forward, and even though they were left off of Pro Football Focus’ list of the top 101 free agents, McLeod and Harris can pat themselves on the back after impressive seasons. There’s still a hole in the backend though, even now as there’s been no mention of McLeod returning.
Let’s talk about the best prospects that will be available at the position in the coming NFL Draft seeing as how there’s a strong possibility that the Eagles might cash their chips in for one. Kyle Hamilton is the valedictorian of this year’s class, and he’ll go early. Philadelphia won’t have a shot at him, but here’s where everyone else ranks once he and Michigan’s Daxton Hill are off of everyone’s draft board.