5 Eagles that we fear are veering toward bust territory

We believe in everyone on this list, but good gracious alive! We're nervous!

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Jordan Davis, interior defensive lineman

And, just like that, it's year three for former 13th overall selection. Jordan Davis endured injuries and the rookie wall in year one. He showed improvement in year two. We hope he puts it all together in 2024.

Occasionally, we have a little Ravens envy. Baltimore drafted Kyle Hamilton one spot after Philly added the former Georgia Bulldog. That isn't to say we'd rather have him in Philly than the former Unanimous All-American (2021 with UGA), but it would be nice to have a Pro Bowl safety on this Eagles defense.

We believe Jordan can still be a great pro and great Eagle, but we're ready to see him become the dominant player we thought he'd be. Hamilton is already there.

Nakobe Dean, linebacker

Are you noticing a trend here? Yeah... We need those Philly Dawgs to step up. Welcome to Nakobe Dean's portion of the discussion.

Maybe your definition of 'bust' differs from ours, but we don't think someone qualifies because there are injuries. Nakobe Dean was almost indestructible at the NCAA level while with UGA. He was one step up from the NFL's version of a redshirt in year one, playing primarily on special teams, but he wound up on Philly's injured reserve twice this past season.

The Birds have placed a lot of trust in this young man. They believe he's their middle linebacker of the future. Things can turn, but so far, we're behind schedule on that theory.