Possible pass-rushing options for the Eagles during Round 1 of 2023 NFL Draft

Nolan Smith, #4, Georgia University Bulldogs (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Following an emotional week, the Philadelphia Eagles still have a lot of work to do and a few holes to fill.

Free Agency has left the Philadelphia Eagles relatively thin across the defensive line. Their vice president/general manager, Howie Roseman did a phenomenal job of retaining two members of the core four, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and defensive end Brandon Graham, but that doesn’t do much for the future. Their return to Philly beyond 2023 is doubtful as both signed one-year deals for 2023.

Javon Hargrave was the Eagles’ biggest loss in free agency. He accounted for over 800 snaps and 12 sacks in 2022. He’s now out west with what might be Philly’s biggest threat in the NFC thanks to a four-year $84 million deal he signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

While Hargrave will be missed, his departure gives the Eagles an opportunity to add new blood to their defense. First-year defensive coordinator Sean Desai needs new pieces to retool a defense that played well until the Super Bowl but now needs to fill a few holes and add depth.

Roseman is likely to grant his wish. The 2023 NFL Draft will provide an opportunity. Let’s talk about a few first-round options.