Possible Eagles replacements for Fletcher Cox in 2023 NFL Draft

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Jalen Carter #88, Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

. . . Bryan Bresee, Clemson. 2. player. 879

Bryan Bresee and Jalen Carter might very well be the top two interior defensive linemen on everyone’s draft board come next April.

Like many of the other prospects on this list, Bryan Bresee stands well above six-foot-tall (he’s six-foot-five to be exact). He also tips the scales at 300 pounds.

In 2021, he racked up 13 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception in four games before tearing his ACL versus NC State. He may not begin the season as one of the top five defensive tackles in the country, but he could rise and land there once we reach the season’s end.

1. player. 814. . . . Jalen Carter, Georgia

It’s probably safe to assume that we’ll soon be discussing Jalen Carter as one of the 2023 NFL Draft class’s first-round prospects. Had he played for another program a year ago, he may have started. He played at Georgia for the Bulldogs though, so he had to compete with future NFL first-rounders for playing time. He made the most of his opportunities, tallying 37 total tackles including 17 of the solo variety and 8.5 that resulted in a loss of yardage.

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The eyeball test tells us he has the stuff to be a future star. This should be a big year for him, and if he were to somehow wind up in an Eagles jersey and play next to Jordan Davis, no one will ever be able to run on this team again.