5 teams who could steal Jalen Carter from Eagles during 2023 NFL Draft

Jalen Carter, NFL Draft (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Carter, NFL Draft (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

Games are won in the trenches. You’ve heard that before, right? Time and time again, that theory has proven to be true. Time and time again, the Philadelphia Eagles have said and demonstrated that their business model focuses a huge area of its blueprint to strengthening both the offensive and defensive lines.

During the 2021 NFL Draft, they addressed a huge need by taking DeVonta Smith, but their next two selections were Landon Dickerson and Milton Williams. They also selected Tarron Jackson and Marlon Tuipulotu that year.

In 2022 they took Jordan Davis in Round 1 and Cam Jurgens in Round 2. This time around, many are hoping Jalen Carter is the selection at ten. No one would complain if that’s how things worked out, but Woah Kemosabe! There’s an issue. He might not be there when they’re on the clock.

Here are five teams that could steal Jalen Carter from the Eagles during the 2023 NFL Draft.

Much has been made about Jordan Davis’ draft status. Before the Carolina Panthers traded up to the first-overall pick, some thought he had a shot at being the first player taken. Then came the reckless driving and racing charges that resulted in a car accident that killed a former teammate and Bulldogs staff member. That led to questions about his character.

Almost two months later, he’s re-entered the top-ten discussion. Some believe he’ll slide to Philadelphia. Others believe he’ll be drafted early and won’t be available, so since none of us will truly know how things will unfold until this Thursday, we decided to make some guesses about who might steal him from Philly.

Arizona Cardinals

There are rumors that suggest the Cards are trying to trade out of the third-overall selection. There are also whispers that support the theory that the Houston Texans might eschew taking a quarterback when they’re on the clock at two.

If Houston’s new defensive-minded head coach DeMeco Ryans takes a swing at the man that many think will be the first defensive player taken (Will Anderson), Arizona’s new head coach, another defensive mind, Jonathan Gannon might go with Jalen Carter.

Think about it. This could happen.

Seattle Seahawks

There have been lines drawn that have connected the dots representing the Hawks and both quarterback Anthony Richardson and defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Both theories make sense.

While Richardson gives them an understudy and eventual replacement for Geno Smith, Carter gives Seattle a weapon where they truly need one most, along their defensive line. Several mock drafts and placed Carter in the Hawks nest. If you’re hoping the former Dawg lands in Philly, this might be one of the roadblocks.

Detroit Lions

The 2022-2023 NFL season was a wild ride for the Lions. On offense, they often scored at will, but sadly, if you’re a fan, they never came up with any stops.

It would appear that if anyone needed Jalen Carter it would be these guys. Aidan Hutchinson was a huge addition for them, but he’d benefit from having some help from the defensive line’s interior.

Atlanta Falcons

Drew Rosenhaus announced that his client wasn’t going to visit any of the teams that were picking outside of the top ten. With that, the proverbial gavel hit the table.

Jalen Carter’s visit with the Atlanta Falcons came this past week. on April 19th. They need interior linemen and edge rushers. Carter would give them a building block.

Chicago Bears

There are several prospects the Eagles are interested in that could be stolen by the Bears. They could ruin some of your draft parties by stealing Bijan Robinson to give Justin Fields some offensive assistance. Peter Skoronski or Paris Johnson might be in play (we know Chicago could use another tackle). They could also steal Jalen Carter or Nolan Smith.

Welcome to NFL Draft Week! The rumors will most certainly be plentiful now.