Dream NFL Draft targets for Eagles to build an impenetrable defense around Jalen Carter

We can't have everything we like, but we can dream, right?

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Edgerrin Cooper, linebacker, Texas A&M

If there were ever a time for the Eagles to utilize a first-round selection on a linebacker finally, this would be the year. We know most of your fantasies involve Jeremiah Trotter Jr., but the cream of this class's crop is Texas A&M's Edgerrin Cooper. He's an elite cover linebacker and a nightmare for the opposing offense's rushing attack. He stacked 83 tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles during his final run with the Aggies.

Feast your eyes on this 2023 First-Team All-SEC nod when you have a moment. Do the right thing Philly! Draft Cooper, let him wear the green dot, and move Nakobe Dean to outside linebacker.

Hey, it's nice to dream, but who are we kidding? It feels like there's no way that this would ever happen.

Kamren Kinchens, safety, Miami

We forget who brought this up first, but if you've been paying attention, you've seen the sudden interest in adding soon-to-be former Washington Commanders safety Kamren Curl to Philly's nest. Might we recommend former Miami Hurricanes safety Kamren Kinchens instead?

Kinchens is about three inches shorter than Curl but tips the scales at 202 pounds, so he's about four pounds heavier. Both bring the thunder to any ball carrier who is unwise enough to travel into their general vicinity, but the former Hurricane is more of the ballhawk that most NFL fans fall in love with.

Drafting Kinchens would probably mean the Birds used a first-round selection on him which seems unlikely. We'd recommend Minnesota's Tyler Nubin as a consolation prize if Kinchens isn't an option, but the Golden Gopher tends to miss tackles