Eagles draft: Early-round 2024 NCAA prospects Philly should eye at every position

The NCAA season has offered future NFL stars the Eagles should already be watching.
Dallas Turner, Alabama Crimson Tide
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Here are a few potential Eagles secondary prospects.

The Eagles haven't used a first-round selection on a defensive back since Lito Sheppard was the choice in 2002. That rules out possible selections of Nate Wiggins (Clemson) and Kamari Lassiter (Georgia), but here are a handful of consolation prizes.

14. Cornerback - Terrion Arnold

Terrion Arnold, Alabama Crimson Tide
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Terrion Arnold struggled versus Texas, but don't let that change any high opinions that you have about him. He tackles well and picks off passes. He might be the guy that helps give the Eagles insurance at the slot. Projected round: Late 1st/Early 2nd

15. Cornerback - Johnny Dixon

Johnny Dixon, Penn State Nittany Lions
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Here's another Nittany Lion (which probably means the Eagles aren't interested). If Philly is looking to make an exception however, this is a possible eventual replacement for James Bradberry or Darius Slay.

He can blitz and get sacks. He can hold up in coverage and force turnovers.
Projected round: Late1st or early 2nd

16. Safety - Tyler Nubin

Tyler Nubin #27, Minnesota Golden Gophers
Tyler Nubin #27, Minnesota Golden Gophers / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

Unless Philly changes its draft strategy between now and April, Tyler Nubin won't be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles though. He does have the skill set that the Birds lack though, a tall safety who can cover and play the run. Projected round: Early 2nd?

17. Safety - Cooper DeJean

Cooper DeJean, Iowa Hawkeyes
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Cooper DeJean was all over the field for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2022 and finished the campaign with 75 tackles, five interceptions, and eight pass breakups. It's been more of the same in 2023. He can play both slot corner and safety.

In other words, he is already lending himself towards being what the Eagles are trying to transform Sydney Brown into.

No disrespect to Sydney, but he isn't a coverage safety. Projected round: Early 2nd

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