NCAA conferences & programs Eagles are raiding most often at draft time

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philly is home, but when it comes to scouting, the Eagles tend to hang out west and in the south.

The final days of April approach. That means all the scouting that the Philadelphia Eagles have done over the past 12 months has brought us to within a few steps of the finish line. The NFL Draft is less than a month away.

Recently Philly has found something that works, raiding the best conferences and programs for their best players. No one would be disappointed if they did so again.

Might they continue to scour the SEC as another roster upgrade continues? Five of the Eagles’ 14 players drafted over the past two offseasons have come from college football’s best conference.

They could go the route of poaching the American Athletic Conference. They have drafted three players from there during the 2021 and 2022 selection meetings (Kenneth Gainwell, Patrick Johnson, and Grant Calcaterra), and they took a fourth, Shaun Bradley, in 2020.

We can probably rule out any possibility of them drafting players in their own backyard. Bradley’s name is the only one mentioned on the list of prospects that the Birds have drafted over the past ten seasons that played his college ball in the City of Brotherly Love.

When the Eagles dip into the pool of available FCS players, they tend to roam in the Dakotas. Carson Wentz helped put North Dakota State on the national radar when Philadelphia drafted him second overall in 2016. Dallas Goedert is a product of South Dakota State. He was Howie Roseman’s choice at the 49th-overall selection in 2018.

Let’s walk down memory lane, shall we? This time around, we take a look at the ten most recent drafts (2013-2022) to see where the Birds are getting their players from. They’ve taken 71 players during the selection meeting over the past decade. Here’s a look at the conferences and programs they have looked to for talent most often.