2nd-day NFL Draft targets the Eagles could explore to fill a Fletcher Cox-sized hole

It's hard to find interior defensive linemen who play the run and rush the quarterback well, but the Eagles may have a few options in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
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Kris Jenkins, Michigan

We offer two guys from rival programs for your consideration. The first is Kris Jenkins, a six-foot-two, 299-pounder who represents the most recent College Football Playoff National Champion.

Jenkins never tallied a ton of sacks, but he creates a ton of pressures and alters the opposing team's passing game. He's also steady and reliable as a run defender. We know the Eagles could use all of those traits

This young man is a 2023 Second-Team All-American and a Second-Team All-Big Ten nod. Scouts love him. We give him Day 2 grades, but some believe he can hear his name called as early as the backend of Round 1.

Michael Hall Jr., Ohio State

One good Big Ten turn deserves another. May we offer Michael Hall Jr. for your consumption?

This six-foot-two, 280-pounder is one of the smaller defensive tackles in this draft class. He's two inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than Cox if you're looking to compare. That probably means Hall is better suited to play in the 4-3 defensive scheme unless he can play the defensive end role in a 3-4.

He doesn't get to the QB often (1.5 sacks in 2023) which may mean he probably can't. Still, he is expected to be among the second-round draftees in the coming class that play his position. Keep an eye on him during the pre-draft process.