Possible Eagles replacements for Fletcher Cox in 2023 NFL Draft

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Don’t expect the Eagles’ NFL Draft strategy to change much in 2023.

As great as the Philadelphia Eagles‘ roster looks on paper, a closer look reveals something that can’t be ignored. Many of their starters and expected key contributors are scheduled to enter free agency during the 2023 offseason. That includes the top two defensive tackles on their depth chart.

One of those guys is Fletcher Cox. The other is one of Philly’s five Pro Bowlers from the 2021-2022 NFL season, Javon Hargrave.

This past offseason, we spent a lot of time asking ourselves questions about whether or not the Birds might take another wide receiver in Round 1 of the most recent draft. This season, as the college football season unfolds, until we know what the long-term plans are for Cox and Hargrave, we may need to ask if taking a defensive tackle early during 2023’s NFL Draft is in the cards.

After all, building from the interior of the defensive line is a huge part of the business model. It always has been, and it always will be as long as Howie Roseman is this team’s general manager.

Now, honestly, if we were to make guesses, most of us would probably say this is probably Cox’s final run in the midnight green. Hargrave has yet to be extended, and no one should be surprised if he returns or he leaves. In the meantime, here are ten potential targets that could serve as replacements if the Eagles move on and decide to pursue other options.