Ranking potential Eagles defensive tackle targets in 2023 NFL Draft

Gervon Dexter #9, Florida Gators (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Tyler Davis #13, Clemson Tigers (Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports) /

879. . . . Tyler Davis, Clemson. 6. player

If the Eagles don’t draft a defensive tackle in Round 1, there are nice consolation prizes on day two.

The 2022 Clemson Tigers season isn’t going according to plan thanks to a loss at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but they’re still one of the pro football’s chief farm systems. Expect them to continue putting talent in the NFL.

Some say that Tyler Davis would be ranked higher if he was taller and bigger. Heck, he’s six-foot-two and 300 pounds! No one can deny his athleticism or the resume that he’s already pieced together though.

He’s a 2022 Bednarik Award semifinalist. He earned First-team All-ACC honors in 2021 after being a Second-team All-ACC mention in 2019.

Siaki Ika, Baylor. 5. player. 860. . .

They don’t play a ton of defense in the Big 12, but every once in a while you find a stud on that side of the ball. Throw Siaki Ika‘s name in that discussion. Can you imagine how good the LSU Tigers would be if they still had this guy on the roster?

After appearing in 11 games for the LSU Tigers as a freshman and winning a College Football Playoff National Championship for his trouble, he spent the 2020 NCAA season in Baton Rouge before transferring to the Baylor Bears in 2021. That hasn’t lessened anyone’s interest in him.

He was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2021 and also took home First-Team All-Big 12 honors. He’ll be among everyone’s top five defensive tackle/nose tackle prospects in 2023, and at six-hoot-four and 358 pounds, if Philadelphia was to add him, once he’s placed beside Jordan Davis no one would ever be able to run on the Eagles defense again.