As the NCAA and NFL seasons roll on, potential Eagles prospects are beginning to command our attention.
Over a month of NFL football is already behind us in the 2023 season. As we progress into Fall, the time has begun to analyze the Philadelphia Eagles' future needs. While Philly has looked impressive in 2023, it is time to dive into which college football players are best suited to fill their needs going forward.
Following a draft that saw the Eagles come away with a pair of former Georgia Bulldogs standouts in defensive tackle Jalen Carter and edge rusher Nolan Smith, the bar is as high as ever for executive vice president and general manager Howie Roseman. Considering the Eagles are also currently defending their title as NFC champions, Philadelphia will be searching eagerly for players they believe can make an impact as soon as possible.
While the Birds have set themselves up for immediate success and have secured cornerstone players for their future, this doesn't mean they are without holes and won't need to reload again following the 2024 free-agency frenzy. The Eagles currently have seven players who are 30 years of age or older. That includes two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, and both of their starting boundary cornerbacks.
Philadelphia is also stretched thin at linebacker. 2022 third-round pick Nakobe Dean has landed on injured reserve and has a growing history of injuries. This leaves Philly's linebacker duties to the second-year undrafted free agent Christian Elliss, alongside a pair of veterans on minimum contracts, Zach Cunningham and Nicholas Morrow. It is also worth noting that the Eagles currently have one running back under contract beyond the 2023 season, and it is not D'Andre Swift.
Coming off a Super Bowl run and currently holding a 5-0 record, this mock assumes the Eagles pick at the back end of each round. The Eagles have an additional second-round pick they acquired from the New Orleans Saints in the Spring of 2022 that may give them an extra selection inside the draft's first 50 picks.