Ranking potential Eagles defensive tackle targets in 2023 NFL Draft

Gervon Dexter #9, Florida Gators (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Gervon Dexter #9, Florida Gators (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Zacch Pickens #6, South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Zacch Pickens, South Carolina. 4. player. 850. . .

Two members of rival factions may both be of interest to the Eagles.

Though the South Carolina Gamecocks/Clemson Tigers rivalry isn’t viewed in the same light as Michigan versus Ohio State, The Red River Rivalry, or The World’s Largest Cocktail Party, you’d never be able to convince anyone from South Carolina of that. This year’s tussle will be as venomous as ever, and for the pro scout in all of us, there’s also an opportunity to see some NFL’s stars of tomorrow.

For an Eagles team that loves to bolster the interior of their defensive line, this would also be an opportunity to see two of the NCAA’s top defensive tackles. While watching South Carolina operate on defense, keep your eyes on Number 6.

Zacch Pickens stands at six-foot-four. He tips the scales at 305 pounds, and if he’s available at the end of the first round or early in the second, Philadelphia would be wise to pounce on him immediately.

. . Bryan Bresee, Clemson. 3. player. 879.

Bryan Bresee is a little more decorated than Zacch Pickens and gets more attention nationally. Perhaps that’s because his team has been better. The ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2020 earned First-Team All-ACC honors that same year and a Third-Team All-ACC nod in 2021. Perhaps because he was injured.

Still, the expectation when we arrive at the 2023 NFL Draft is he’ll be one of the top three interior defensive linemen. He’ll be taken in Round 1. We’ll have to wait and see if the Philadelphia Eagles are among the interested parties.